I have lived in Ashtead for nine years, with my wife, Patricia Wiltshire (also an Ashtead Independent Councillor). I have come to value the village atmosphere, community spirit, and variety of social activities. Having so enjoyed and benefitted from my time in the village, I am pleased to be able to be actively involved in helping to address issues of concern to residents, and striving to preserve and promote all we value in Ashtead.
Born in Sheffield, after grammar school and university education, I became a research scientist. I served 14 years as Director of an intergovernmental scientific institute based at Kew, and then Egham. Before moving to Ashtead, I worked with a local authority in North London, successfully addressing land use issues of public concern. Now semi-retired, I am still active in research, with positions at several universities and institutions. I am particularly concerned with the diversity of living things, their conservation, relationship to the environment, and effects of pollutants. I am also involved in forensic work, along with my wife, and have honorary positions in several universities and at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and The Natural History Museum London. I have been president of various national and international scientific organizations, served on the Council of English Nature (now Natural England), and was appointed CBE for services to science in 1996.
I was previously a member of the Ashtead Residents’ Association Standing Committee, and as a member of Ashtead Community Vision, my wife and I undertook a review of our entire Green Belt, in connection with the preparation of our Neighbourhood Development Plan. I am currently working with the Ashtead Residents Association to establish a system of voluntary tree wardens, and also serve as Chair of St Stephen’s House Surgery Patients’ Participation Group, which aims to support the practice, facilitate communication with patients, and provide a patient voice on health issues.
I have lived in Surrey 50 years, most of them in Ashtead. I am a visiting Professor at the University of Southampton (in Forensic Ecology), and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen. I have spent most of my life engaged in research and lecturing at King’s College, and University College, University of London. For the last 24 years, I have worked actively as a Forensic Ecologist, continuing as private consultant when I retired from university employment in 2004. I am an experienced expert witness, and have been involved in many very high profile criminal cases. I am married and have no children of my own although I am step-grandmother to two little boys. My great concern is that we protect our whole environment (both the natural and the built) from being despoiled by ignorance, carelessness, and greed. I aim to be accessible to the constituents in my ward, and hope they will be confident that I will help them whatever their political affiliation. I will always respond as effectively as I can to their questions and problems.
David Harper (Ashtead Park)
David Harper moved to Ashtead with his wife and two young children in 1992, attracted by Ashtead’s large gardens and schools, but also it’s semi-rural surroundings and safe village feel. It has been a wonderful experience and with the support of the Ashtead Residents’ Association was elected in 2016 with the ambition to maintain and improve the environment for present and future residents.
David is a qualified Chartered Engineer and his technical innovation has provided an exciting and rewarding career, culminating in 2011 when he raised finance to run his own specialist high technology satellite business with close support from European Space Agency, HSBC Bank, UKTI, Innovate UK, and UKEF. David is full time employed in this innovative micro-SME that has customers across Africa and Middle East.
Being an engineer by background David has an attitude that things must basically work before they are of any use. In engineering solutions, repetition and process are how to incrementally improve results; but this rigorous process supports the result and is not an end in itself. David started his career as a design engineer, someone who could be creative and see possible solutions to difficult problems. He brings these skills to the council looking at problem solving and creating new ways to improve the situation of Mole Valley for the benefit of residents and the community.
David has been involved in the development of Ashtead’s Neighbourhood Development Plan. As a member of the Ashtead Community Vision working group, David contributed to the survey of future housing needs in Ashtead.
David enjoys family life, singing and bell-ringing with the St.Giles tower band.
Peter Stanyard (Ashtead Park)
After school in Croydon and University at Southampton, Peter Stanyard joined the Industrial Relations team in the Ford Motor Company at their Tractor Plant in Basildon in 1966. There he gained practical experience in all aspects of Personnel Management. From Ford he moved to be Personnel Manager to the head office of the British Leyland Motor Corporation. This was followed in 1973 by a move to the London advertising industry where he gained his first experience of acquisitions and mergers but also exercised his industrial relations skills in the Wapping disputes. In 1977 he joined Tarmac’s specialist contracting division as Personnel Manager in its roofing company and later as head of personnel for the division until becoming Group Personnel Director of Cape PLC producing fire-resistant building materials, installation and
scaffolding throughout the world. During this phase of his career he chaired the training committee for the roofing industry as well as being chair of the employers’ side of the national negotiating council for roofing. In 1997 he formed his own consultancy providing Human Resources expertise to a portfolio of companies in a wide cross section of industries. He was hired by the Construction Industry Training Board to research and write national training plans for three sections of the specialist contracting industry. Peter has appeared in many Employment Tribunals across the country with great success. He is married to Judy, has two grown up married daughters and four grandchildren. He is a Freeman of the City of London, a
Mary Cooper (Ashtead Village)
Mary was raised in Surrey, attending St Philomenas School in Carshalton. After graduating from Reading University with a degree in Food Science she worked in various management positions for both Unilever plc and Sainsbury Supermarkets plc. She has represented the British Retail Consortium at Technical Committee level and governmental legislative review. She is currently a freelance food safety consultant. She is married with 2 children and has lived in Ashtead since 2000. Both children attend local schools. Mary is also a Local Authority appointed Governor at Greville School. She is actively involved in St Michael’s Parish church helping deliver the Holy Communion programme as well as supporting school PTA activities. Outside interests include tennis, epée fencing, musical theatre and countryside walks. Contact Mary
Simon lives in Agates Lane, is married with two married children, and is a Chartered Accountant by profession. For nearly 25 years he ran his own firm based in Wallington in Surrey, but now works part-time, has a few private clients and acts in various capacities for a number of Charities. If he has any spare time from this and his Council duties it is occupied in water colour painting, wine-making, and orienteering. Contact Simon