I moved to Sidmouth from Warwickshire in 2004, having spent many holidays with my parents in law who lived here. My early career was in research of vegetable diseases. After having children, I returned to work in the retail side of horticultural and then most recently, for a large international charity. I joined the SVA as I have a keen interest in the ecology and conservation of this beautiful valley. My hobbies (not surprisingly!) are gardening, gig rowing and walking the many wonderful footpaths in the vale.
I trained as an engineer, but switched into management and became a Company Secretary, finishing in one of the Divisions of British Aerospace.
That brought redundancy and then went into the trade association for the aircraft industry.
My wife and I then retired to Sidmouth, where we have been happily for nearly twenty years.
Joining the SVA, I became embroiled in town-planning issues until Richard Thurlow arrived and became happy to take over.
Following the death of Denzil Taylor, then our President , I was delighted to fill the slot he vacated, representing the SVA on the AONB Partnership. l have very strong leanings toward
the principles espoused by the AONB ethos.
Andrew retired to Sidmouth in 2003, after a career in financial services. He took over as SVA's membership secretary in 2008 and is responsible for maintaining the Association's record of members' names, addresses and contact details. With the help of an enthusiastic band of more than 70 helpers, he also organises the thrice yearly distribution of magazines. His main personal interest lies with choral singing, being a member of the Parish Church choir and of Sidmouth Choral Society.
We moved here to Sidmouth in 2016. We had been coming for many years, to the Folk Festival and for long weekend breaks. My son first came here when he was 4 months old. It felt like home before we arrived and has felt like home since being here.
I have worked in Health and Social Care Consultancy having qualified and practised in Professional Social Work. I have worked in the Public Sector at various levels, settings and across many specialisms. My areas of expertise include Children and Young People’s Safeguarding, Adult Safeguarding, Mental Health, Multi-Agency Supervision and Practice, Commissioning and Strategic Development.
In coming to Sidmouth I felt I should ‘do my bit’, signed up with the SVA, Museum Town Walks and take an interest in local and regional affairs.