Welcome to our web site.
When I was asked to become President of this Rotary Club I was
quite honoured but that was three years ago and I hadn't thought that my time
would come round so quickly. Being a very busy person in my business, social
and family life I have always had to juggle my time, so adding to my workload
seems to be second nature.
The post of President is potentially a very busy one
but I was flattered to be asked having only been a member of the Club for
two years. Now five years on, we are very much looking forward to having a
year and helping out in the community, raising some valuable funds for some
excellent causes and hopefully increasing the membership of our club and
increasing what we can do and how much money we can raise.
Some people's perception of Rotary is that it is another elite,
funny-handshake club made up of a bunch of old men with nothing better to do.
This couldn't be further from the truth. When I joined at the age of 41 I was
keen to change that perception and we have taken the Club from around 32
retired men to a club of around 50 of both working and retired professional
and women keen to give a little bit back to the community.
Rotary's motto is
Service above Self but for my year I want it to be M.A.D.,which
for Make a Difference, in the best way you can with as much or as
time as you can spare. When I ask people would they like to get involved and
help out, they mainly say "I don't have the time."
previously mentioned I am a busy person and a bit disorganised I run a
very busy estate agency business and have plenty on my plate outside the
I go on to say that if you do join, you don't have to do too much as
we have the biggest local Rotary club which means there are plenty of people
will gladly put their hand up and help out, so any contribution is greatly
A bit about me: I am 46 and have lived in
Mid-Sussex since I was ten, having previously lived in South Africa for four
years and in Epsom Surrey prior to that.
I went to
school locally and now live in Clayton with my partner Paula who is
of nursing for patient safety within our local hospitals two stepsons,
William 22 and George 19, my 13-year old daughter Maddy and my man-eating
cockapoo Jasper who gets walked on the South Downs every morning at
I'm normally in the office by 8 o'clock and am
proud to be
a part of the Mansell McTaggart management, having taken a tiny estate agency
with just one office in 1989 to a network of 17 offices today.
I love my job, I love the fact
that our clients keep coming back and I have a very strong team of
professionals around me to keep me in order.
work I play golf (badly) and cycle both on- and off-road with a great bunch
like-minded men in lycra. I run around 10-12 miles
Sunday morning across country with some of my oldest school friends, I'm a
fisherman and I'm lucky enough to own a home in the French Alps where we ski
and enjoy the mountains.
If you ask me what I'd like to
be doing in ten years' time, I'd like to be working perhaps just four days a
week as opposed to 6-7, play a lot more golf, travel a bit, maybe teach my
grandchildren, if I have any, the arts of negotiation and being a people
person, and like many of my fellow Rotarians continue to do good work in the
community and enjoy the company of a fantastic group of people.
Welcome to our club and I hope you get involved and help us
to Make a Difference.