I have lived in Wokingham since 1980 with my wife Kathy and our two boys. Both boys now live abroad with their families, James in the USA with his wife and three children and Robert in Hong Kong with his wife and two children.
Up until 2003, l was very involved with the Scout Association in Wokingham.
Most of my working life l have worked in sales and marketing as well as in the latter stage of my career in Customer Service management. Last few years prior to retirement l managed two global business accounts for Hewlett Packard.
I retired from HP in 2013. From 2003. I was a Town Councillor in Wokingham and served as Mayor of Wokingham Town in 2015/16. I was also a Borough Councillor from 2004, finally stepping down from politics in 2019. Whilst at the Borough Council l headed up Town Centre Regeneration, was a Non-Exec Director of Optalis and served on the Berkshire Fire Authority. More recently, l served as a Governor of St Paul's School.
I am very much looking forward to my tenure as Chairman of Trustees at Wade.
Born in Reading, October 1939. Three children and three grandchildren.
Lived in Wokingham until 1945, moved to Kent and educated at Simon Langton Grammar School, moved back to Wokingham 1956 with parents who were local business people.
After bringing up children worked for a number of local firms, for final 16 years prior to retirement as Commercial/Legal Manager for Granada Computer Services.
Part time secretary for Wade for 6 years, then volunteer Fundraiser.
Other charity work includes assisted fundraising for Air Ambulance, Alexander Devine Trust.
Appointed as a Wade Trustee in June 2017.
Married to Jean, a retired special needs teacher, with three grown up children and five grandchildren.
Currently a director in an engineering firm Demand Technology Limited semi-retired working one or two days a week.
I am currently a Wokingham Town Councillor.
Previously a Borough Councillor and Leader of the Council for six years. I was involved with the establishment of the Councils Housing Companies and Optalis Limited and sat on the Holding Company Board.
During my time on the Council I was involved with Bob Wyatt in establishing the Link Visiting Scheme in conjunction with Woodley Baptist Church.
Qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse in 1980 after leaving university.
Worked with Ernst and Whinney (now Ernst and Young) in London on company reconstructions and Stock Exchange work.
Previously a corporate banker with Nat west’s Ulster Bank.
Worked with Chevron Oil in London and Aberdeen as a contract accountant on North Sea Platform projects.
I have also owned and run a printing company in Maidenhead.
When I left school I joined the Merchant Navy and served seven years as a navigating officer.
Was a board member of the Berkshire Ambulance Trust taking the authority into trust status.
Was a Wokingham Scout Leader for 15 years.
While working with Price Waterhouse I set up the Northern Ireland Speech Impaired charity as the National Aphasia Association did not exist in Northern Ireland.
Was the Honorary Treasurer for St John Ambulance in Woodley for a number of years.
Lived in the Bracknell ward of Priestwood for eight years moving to Berkshire from Essex in 1996 and was elected Town Councillor for this Ward in 2015.
A Trustee of Wade since 2010 taking a brief period away to work for an Adult Social Care organisation also in Wokingham, before returning as a Trustee in 2012.
Combines on-going support of the Labour Party and Trusteeship with a full time job delivering services to Local Authorities across the UK. Worked in Europe and the USA. Married with six children (three step) all now adult and combines supporting his family with a passion for sport and the arts.
Leigh worked in the voluntary sector for 25 years in fundraising roles for national charities such as St John Ambulance, the Samaritans and the Brain and Spine Foundation before serving as Chief Executive of Epilepsy Research UK for 15 years. In 2017 he established Promedica24 Wokingham and Bracknell, a care company specialising in 24/7 live-in care primarily for the elderly.
He is a member of Wokingham Dementia Action Alliance and a Dementia Champion. He is also a trustee of Outside In World, a small charity dedicated to promoting world literature and children's books in translation.
Leigh has lived in Winnersh since 2003. Married with two teenage boys he spends most of his free time ferrying them to and from sporting fixtures.