I am proud to have been a West Sussex resident for over 25 years and relocated to Horsham over 15 years ago when I married my wife. My wife has lived in Horsham since birth and attended Heron Way Primary School, Millais School and then Richard Collyer’s College.
My wife and I were married by Nick Flint at Rusper Church on the 30th July 2005. We live to the south of the parish/district of Rusper in Old Holbrook just north of the A264.
Jo and I have four children aged 12, 10,5 and 3
Our children and I are actively involved in the local community. Our youngest daughter attended Busy Bees Nursery in North Horsham, our son was a member of the 3rd Horsham scouts and our middle daughter is a member of 1st Horsham Chennell Brook Rainbows. Our son is also a member of the Broadbridge Heath Bears Football team.
My life started out from humble beginnings. I grew up in a single parent family. My mother worked hard to provide for our family and I have found her strong work ethic aspirational.
I believe that having a challenging start to life has helped shape me to be the person I am today. I started my career working for a restaurant chain and moved into Retail Management. At the age of 23 I was a Store Manager for Superdrug in Horsham. I later went on to Join Boots the chemist, firstly in a managerial capacity and then followed by appointments to Area operations Manger.
I left Boots the chemist in 2006 to start working for myself, I had formed my first company Discount Satellite Navigation in the summer of 2005 and began importing products from china to sell online.
I quickly learnt that online companies have a global presence and the United Kingdom is now a small part of our online sales, My wife and I own Duragadget Europe Limited a successful online retailer of consumer electronic accessories. Durgadget now has four warehouses worldwide and cyber Monday 1st December Duragadget Europe Limited sold at item every 24 seconds! My role at Duragadget is now that of a shareholder only and whist I still draw dividends from this company I no longer have an active role in day to day running of this company
I am Managing director of three Limited companies,
As well as these three companies my wife and I still own Duragadget Europe Limited.
Life has been kind in recent years, through a mix of hard work and recruitment of excellent staff my local Horsham based businesses have prospered. I now employ 30 staff in Horsham also actively work with the College of Sir Richard Collier to Train and develop NVQ students at DSN Marketing.
Two feel that I am actively supporting two to the conservative party’s long term Economic plans directly
“Creating more jobs” and “Delivering the best schools and skills for young people”.
In the past two years DSN Marketing has trained and developed eight NVQ students all of which have gained valuable work experience, a formal NVQ qualification and all four NVQ students that qualified last year where offered permanent roles as DSN Marketing.
Over the past year I have become more involved in local issues and actively written into the local newspaper on numerous occasions. I was a speaker at the North Horsham Parish council debate on the new proposed business park and housing. Whilst I actively support the need for more social housing in the Horsham district I am against the current numbers of housing being placed in one area and I am against the need for a business park on green field land. I personally feel that the better reuse of brownfield sites such at the old Novartis site, seales Yard, the wasteland at the back of Horsham train station should be used first.
You can read my full speech here.
I care about the area that I live and work in. I feel that I would like to represent the issues that are facing local people.
I enjoy reading the local newspaper and I often have strong opinions on issues. I feel that certain sections of our local neighbourhood are getting a raw deal and need stronger representation.
I do believe that one man can make a difference and giving something back to the community is extremely important to me.
I feel a real desire to help my local community and make residents’ voices heard.
I believe that I would be one of the younger councillors and bring fresh younger family views to the attention of the council.
I personally feel that HDC is getting its consultations wrong in the past year, difficult to use web sites, lack of open debate. Closed planning meetings. I hope that I can help I am able HDC to listen to the public and genuinely involve locals in its planning and decision making process. I am frustrated by lack of consultation and lack of involvement and lack of consideration and I hope that by standing a local councillor I can make a difference from the inside.
My photo has been on the front page of the West Sussex County times numerous and I have made the front page of the district post once. My numerous letters and campaigns have led to high personal exposure. I hope that my name will already be familiar with many of you and that you will know and trust that stand for honesty and integrity. I am a local employer with a proven record of getting results and I hope that you will trust me to air your views and become your local representative.
I am currently serving as Horsham District Councillor for Denne ward in Horsham Town Centre. I am also on the following committees.
I am a keen mountain biker and last year completed the London to Brighton off road cycle ride in aid of the British heart foundation. I led a small team and we raised over £1000 for charity.
I captain a pool team and my team and I have held two charity pool nights in the past three years raising funds for a local hospice.
I enjoy raising money for charity and other recent events include my company’s team entry to the Dragon boat race in tillage park gain raising much needed funds for a local hospice.
As a company director I feel a duty to try and raise funds for charity whenever possible and always try to take part in national as well as local events, as I write this letter as a company I have just committed to taking part in the save the children Christmas jumper appeal.
In recent years I was a Vice chair of the friends of my son and daughters school, whilst I cannot take all the credit for the fund raising I am impressed to say that as part of a team we raised over £40,000 to assist the school.
Other interests include Skiing and football.
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