Role: Mayor, Chairman of Amenities
Ward: Haslemere North & Grayswood
Committees & External Bodies: Full Council, Planning & Highways, Grants, Amenities, Finance & Audit, Haslemere Health Group, Haslemere CA Appraisal
David has lived in Haslemere for almost all his adult life, moving here in 1972 with his Swedish wife Karin to start a family – Rufus, Susanna and William. He has lived in the Bunch Lane area for over 40 years. He has 4 grandchildren, one of whom is autistic. David was brought up in Worcestershire, attending the local grammar school and going on to Cambridge to read Mathematics. His career was mainly in the City, designing and implementing investment management systems, ending up as Head of I.T. for a regional law firm based in Chichester, from where he retired in 2004.
Sadly Karin died in early 2011 and in 2012 David met Melanie Odell. She is well-known as a local councillor (and Mayor three times) as well as running many volunteer events in Haslemere – notably the Charter Fair, Christmas Market and Food Festival and being Chairman of Haslemere Museum. For all these David, of course, helps as a volunteer as well. They married in 2015.
David is a volunteer for a number of other local activities, including the Haslemere Health Group and Sport Haslemere, and for many years with the Haslemere Camera Club. He is also a Waverley Borough Councillor and sees at first hand the intricacies of local government affecting Haslemere as part of Waverley.
His hobbies are photography, classical music, occasional bridge and travelling, and recently the ever-absorbing subject of parking in Haslemere
David was elected to serve Haslemere North and Grayswood in the 2015 local elections.
Role: Mayor, previously Chairman of Amenities committee
Ward: Haslemere North and Grayswood
Committees & External Bodies: Full Council, Planning & Highways, Grants, Amenities, Finance & Audit, SCC Local Committee, Waverley Borough Council