Rod has lived and worked in Lower Kingswood for the past 14 years. He is married to Sandra and they have two grown up children, Richard and Katy. Rod is a commercial photographer and graphic designer.
Rod is very active in the community and has been a local Neighbourhood Watch coordinator since 2009. He was awarded the 'Surrey Neighbourhood Watch Volunteer of the Year Award' in 2014. In 2016, Rod was chairman of the Lower Kingswood Village Fete, which attracted record crowds and raised a record amount of money for the local community.
Rod writes the Lower Kingswood Borderlines column for the Surrey Mirror which keeps the community up-to-date on local news and highlights local issues requiring the attention of the authorities.
Rod was elected to represent Kingswood with Burgh Heath in November 2016 following the very sad passing of councillor Joan Spiers.
As a Councillor, Rod takes a very active role on a number of Committees, including the Overview and Scrutiny Committee and the Local Committee. He has recently been appointed to the Licensing and Regulatory Committee.
"I can honestly say that the past 15 months have been hugely rewarding and I feel privileged to have represented the local community as a Borough Councillor.
Working as a team with fellow Ward Councillors Ros Mill and Simon Parnall, we have represented our residents' views on issues such as protecting the Green Belt, Parking, and most recently, ensuring Surrey Police is aware that the people of Kingswood feel let down by the current reduction in visible policing, and its poor engagement with our community.
I attend all of the local Residents' Association meetings to discuss local issues and to listen to residents' concerns. I am also always available to assist individual residents who need help dealing with issues connected with the community or Council services.
As a local resident, I am very aware of the different characters and styles of the communities which make up Kingswood with Burgh Heath.
If I am re-elected, I will do my best to preserve the very unique features which are at the heart of those communities by ensuring that any future development is balanced, and inkeeping with the wishes and opinions of local residents."
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