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Bookham Vanguard Task Force

The Task Force are all volunteers except for Jack Straw, who is a Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) adviser. The role of the Task Force is to publicise to the widest possible audience, establish the Forum and research the background data required to create a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) for Bookham. .


Trevor Sokell - Leader

How long have you lived in Bookham?
 40 years
Why did you volunteer for the Bookham Vanguard project?
Having been Chairman of Bookham Vision, and as a result realised how important Bookham, and its future, is to so many residents, I felt the timely opportunity presented by the Localism Act to take control of planning policy for our community was too good to miss. Many of the issues that arose out of Bookham Vision were planning related and I wanted to continue to try and move things forward in line with the community's wishes.
What skills/experience do you bring to the Bookham Vanguard Task Force?
I held senior management positions for many years, and towards the end of my working life in innovative start-ups, where planning and creating something from nothing, was the task. My 18 years as Chairman and then President of the Effingham and Leatherhead Rugby Club, and then as Chairman of Bookham Vision, has equipped me to manage the Start-up group! I have learned to work with Volunteers.
Are you involved in any other Bookham related activities (voluntary, clubs etc)?
Apart from this I'm a member of the Bookham Decorative and Fine Arts Society.
What are your interests/hobbies?
My lifelong interest has been Rugby as a player and then as an administrator. At the local level it is a sport which still has a very strong ethos where discipline, sportsmanship, humour and teamwork are still very important. As well as supporting our local club, I have been Treasurer of Surrey County Rugby Football Union for 10 years. I am also a keen, though not very good, Golfer. Add to that helping my wife tend a large garden and keep (currently) 6 hives of bees, I have plenty to fill my days.


Peter Seaward - Deputy Leader, Leader - Infrastructure Group

How long have You lived in Bookham?
I have lived in Bookham since 1972, 43 years.
Why did you volunteer for the Bookham Vanguard project?
As Chairman of Bookham Residents Association I was involved in the first Bookham Survey from which Bookham Vision followed. Planning both long and short term is an important role for the BRA. The BRA have also been involved over the years extensively in the MVDC Local Development Framework. All these make my involvement in Vanguard relevant.
What skills/experience do you bring to the Bookham Vanguard Task Force?
Considerable knowledge of Bookham and its people from my years as Chairman of BRA.
Are you involved in any other Bookham-related activities (voluntary, clubs etc)?
Chairman BRA, Deputy Chairman South Bookham Youth and Community Association. Past Trustee and Director Bookham Youth and Community Association.
What are your interests/hobbies?
Golf, photography, music, gardening, travel.



Stella Brooks - Treasurer

How long have You lived in Bookham?

I have lived in Bookham for 20 years.

Why did you volunteer for the Bookham Vanguard project?
I volunteered for Bookham Vanguard as I wanted to help with Bookham's future development.

What skills/experience do you bring to the Bookham Vanguard Task Force?
I am a business women and have a good knowledge of Bookham having been part of the Bookham Vision team.

Are you involved in any other Bookham-related activities (voluntary, clubs etc)?
I am currently a Councillor for Bookham South, Secretary & Treasurer to Bookham Vision, a Trustee for the Bookham Youth & Community Centre with responsibility for fund raising, a participant in Open Gardens Sunday during Village Week and run the Dowlans Road Wine Club!

What are your interests/hobbies?
Interests include gardening, food and wine, circuit training, dancing and cycling (currently in training to ride up Box Hill without stopping to walk).



Cathryn Hossack - Secretary/Promotion

How long have You lived in Bookham?

Since 1999.
Why did you volunteer for the Bookham Vanguard project?

The Government has given local people the power to come up with their own ideas for local development, it's a chance to have a say in how we see Bookham changing over the next 20 years. I have ideas, am interested in what ideas other people have, and want to make sure as many people as possible in Bookham express their opinions too .
What skills/experience do you bring to the Bookham Vanguard Task Force?

I have marketing and IT skills from working in a marketing agency and for a book club. I have run my own home IT support/training business for the last 12 years.
Are you involved in any other Bookham-related activities (voluntary, clubs etc)?

I was a member of the committee that applied for a Village Green to be created in Bookham. Although the bid was unsuccessful it gave me a great interest in Bookham's history, environment and community, interests which I am building on while volunteering for the Bookham Vanguard project. When my children were school age I served on the school PTAs.
What are your interests/hobbies?

Health and fitness, mountain biking, walking, computers and gadgets, wildlife - especially butterflies and moths, food and cooking.


Michael Agius - Leader, Infrastructure Group

How long have to you lived in Bookham?
37 years
Why did you volunteer for the Bookham Vanguard project?
I was a member of the Transport and Access Work Group of Bookham Vision. Am very interested in how Bookham will develop and in the infrastructural problems involved.
What skills/experience do you bring to the Bookham Vanguard Task Force?
I am a retired chartered consultant civil engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers with over 40 years experience of Transportation and Planning and in particular Highways Engineering.
Are you involved in any other Bookham-related activities (voluntary clubs etc)?
I am on the Committees of the Woodlands Road Residents Association, with particular responsibility for infrastructural aspects and the Christmas Charity Post [Deputy Chairman designate].
What are your interests/hobbies?
Sport, in particular rugby [played for Saracens and Effingham many years ago!!], art [beginners classes in watercolour], classical music [attend concerts locally at Yeheudi Menhuin and Slyfield], gardening [have just taken on an allotment at Bookham Grange in addition to a large garden - as if I didn't have enough to fill my retirement!!].



Neil McDonald - Leader, Housing Group

How long have to you lived in Bookham?
28 years
Why did you volunteer for the Bookham Vanguard project?
I believe that Bookham is a great place to live. I see the Bookham Vanguard as a way of enabling it to become even better.
What skills/experience do you bring to the Bookham Vanguard Task Force?
I have ten years experience as a senior civil servant working in housing and planning so I understand how the system works and the political and legislative process. I also have analytical skills to help develop an understanding of how Bookham has developed in the past and could develop in the future.
Are you involved in any other Bookham-related activities (voluntary clubs etc)?
I am a member of the church warden team a St Nicolas and involved in St Nicolas's own vision process.
What are your interests/hobbies?
I have just finished restoring a classic sports car. I also cycle and play badminton.



Stan Miles - Housing Group

 How long have to you lived in Bookham?
I have lived in Bookham for over 40 years, bringing up 3 children who attended Eastwick School and Howard of Effingham
Why did you volunteer for the Bookham Vanguard project?

For over 40 years I have been actively involved with various Groups in the Bookham  Community and with my family enjoyed the Bookham Environment and wish to support the development of this environment for others.
What skills/experience do you bring to the Bookham Vanguard Task Force?

General business skills coupled with knowledge of Bookham through community organisations and high interest in progressing Bookham development in an evolving manner .
Are you involved in any other Bookham-related activities (voluntary clubs etc)?

Member of Bookham Residents Association Executive Committee with responsibilities in the Planning Group and Member of the Fete Committee of Bookham Community Association as Treasurer
What are your interests/hobbies?

All aspects of Bookham Life and Environment  through Bookham Residents Association, Bookham Community Association and Bookham Vision with hobbies reduced by years to dog walking, reading, etc.

 

 

Geoffrey Wright - Leader - Economy Group

How long have you lived in Bookham?

I have lived here for 26 years.

Why did you volunteer for the Bookham Vanguard project?

To give something back to the community.

What skills/experience do you bring to the Bookham Vanguard Task Force?

I am a Chartered Surveyor of some 35 years standing dominantly practicing in commercial Landlord & Tenant dispute resolution in Central London. My dominant interest is in the leisure sector (Restaurants, Pubs, Clubs) and specialist retail (non multiple trading).  I also have considerable experience in the regeneration of inner city communities; I was one of two property professionals elected to the original Covent Garden Forum (a group made up of residents and businesses in the locality) that steered the cross border (Camden and Westminster) development of the Covent Garden Action Area Plan and monitored its implementation during the late ‘70s and 80’s. I was the lead consultant appointed by English Partnerships to benchmark the regeneration of Elephant & Castle (and then, following the initial bid process, was “transferred” to the preferred bidder); I was the valuation consultant for the Cross River Partnership retained to benchmark the regeneration of Vauxhall Cross – the results of which you now see emerging. Currently I am working on the redevelopment strategy for the Royal National Throat Nose & Ear Hospital in Grays Inn Road London WC1. I have overseen the planning, decommissioning and disposal of numerous redundant NHS hospital sites.


I am the author of several Prctice Statements and Guidance Notes published by RICS to regulate conduct and process in the industry.

Are you involved in any other Bookham-related activities (voluntary clubs etc)?

No

What are your interest/hobbies?

Golf and Aviation.

Michael Anderson - Economy Group

How long have to you lived in Bookham?

I have lived in Bookham since 1975.
Why did you volunteer for the Bookham Vanguard project?

I volunteered because, having been involved with "Bookham Vision" and with my other local activities, I am very much aware of some of the issues and concerns which are in the minds of Bookham residents. The Localism Act and the Vanguard Project give us the opportunity to influence some of the things which affect us in our community.

What skills/experience do you bring to the Bookham Vanguard Task Force?
I worked with an International Company with specific experience in executive, retail and personnel roles.
I have been a Parliamentary candidate and served for 13 years as a Mole Valley District Councillor for Bookham South. I have just (November 2011) retired as a Governor of The Dawnay School and was previously a governor at the Howard (Chair for 9 years). I was formerly Vice Chair of The Mid Surrey Health Authority and Chair of The Leatherhead Area Police and Community Partnership Group..

Are you involved in any other Bookham-related activities (voluntary clubs etc)?
I am a member of the Executive Committee of The Bookhams' Residents Association and involved on Village Day with The Bookham Community Association, as well as being a member of various other local organisations. These include The Bookham and District University of The Third Age and the Bookham Decorative and Fine Arts Society.

What are your interests/hobbies?
I am a keen supporter of Leatherhead Football Club and am a Non-Executive Board Member.


Claire Curran - MVDC and SCC Liaison and Infrastructure Group

How long have to you lived in Bookham?

I came to live in Bookham in 1992, having previously lived in London.
Why did you volunteer for the Bookham Vanguard project?

When the application was made to Government for the Bookham Neighbourhood Plan to be a Front Runner, I was one of the application sponsors, being both a District and County Councillor for Bookham. So when we learned that our application was successful, I was very keen to play my part in Bookham Vanguard as I firmly believe that we, the residents of Bookham, should plan for the future of our village.
What skills/experience do you bring to the Bookham Vanguard Task Force?

I have been a District Councillor for Bookham North since 2000 and was elected to represent Bookham and Fetcham West at Surrey County Council in 2009. During that time, I have worked with a variety of community groups and with the Bookham Residents' Association on a wide variety of issues. Until recently, I was the Mole Valley councillor responsible for Planning across the whole District and I have been closely involved in the District Council's work on strategic planning for several years, working with Jack Straw, Suzanne Parkes and the rest of the Planning Policy team at MVDC. In the spring of 2011, I was invited by the government-funded Planning Advisory Service to join their advisory team and now visit other Local Authorities to speak about neighbourhood planning and to share experience and knowledge with councillors in other parts of the country.
Are you involved in any other Bookham-related activities (voluntary clubs etc)

Apart from my council work, I am a member of the governing body of Eastwick Infant School in Bookham and of Therfield School in Leatherhead, a trustee of Bookham United Charities and a member of St Nicolas, Great Bookham.
What are your interests/hobbies?

We have three children at home, whom we support in their sporting and other activities. I enjoy baking cakes, reading novels and watching cricket and, if I have time, like to tidy up the garden.


Chris Atwood - Economy Group

Chris is used to chairing large meetings. He regularly chairs large programme advisory boards comprising external stakeholders, technical staff, operational and policy staff from other government departments and local authorities. Whilst responsible for the extremely controversial Country of Origin Information underpinning asylum decisions made across much of Europe, Chris successfully chaired EU level meetings, where all member states had sizeable delegations, and many held opposing views, to reach solutions and outcomes acceptable to all. Whilst Chris’ approach of complete transparency led to some interesting meetings with confrontational international NGOs, it did help with gaining international agreement on many of the large issues discussed.

 

As such, Chris has detailed experience in accurate drafting for policy – drafting which is frequently tested in court.


Chris has lived in Bookham, with his wife Rosemary, for about four years. Prior to this he lived in Epsom for over ten years.

 

Chris is a keen percussionist, heavily involved in music within Surrey and the South East. He is principal percussionist with the world renowned Friary Guildford Brass Band, performing across the UK and Europe. Chris is committed to developing young musicians, and as such has coached percussionists for the Encore Youth Orchestra and Mole Valley Silver Band.

 

 

Mole Valley District Council is providing active support to the Start-Up Group through Jack Straw, we asked them to clarify their roles using the following questions:

What is your role at Mole Valley District Council?
Jack leads the Planning Policy Team at Mole Valley District Council. Suzanne has been part of the Team for over four years and is a Senior Officer.

The Team's role is to prepare planning strategies and policies for the Council which it uses in the determination of applications for planning permission. The Team prepared the Local Development Framework Core Strategy and is currently taking the Dorking Town Area Action Plan through the process of adoption. The Team is increasing its knowledge and understanding of the neighbourhood planning process through its involvement with Government working groups and national organisations.

What is your role on the Bookham Vanguard Task Force?

  • To provide support to the Group as it prepares the groundwork for the Bookham Neighbourhood Development Plan by giving technical advice, evidence and background information.
  • To work with the Start-up Group on agreeing how the Government's grant for the project should be spent.
  • To feed back to the Group best practice examples of preparing a Neighbourhood Development Plan from other local planning authorities and communities.


How will you contribute towards to preparation of the Bookham Neighbourhood Development Plan?
We will endeavour:

  • To continue to provide support and technical advice to those preparing the Neighbourhood Development Plan.
  • To agree the area to be covered by the Neighbourhood Development Plan.
  • To agree the designation of the Neighbourhood Forum who will be responsible for preparing the plan.
  • To provide the necessary links with the County Council, infrastructure and service providers and development industry to help the preparation of the plan.

If requested by the Forum, we will carry out A Sustainability Appraisal, Equality Impact Assessment and Strategic Flood Risk Assessment of the Neighbourhood Development Plan. We will also:

  • Check that it generally complies with the national planning guidance and the Council's own strategic planning polices.
  • Organise and pay for a public hearing into the draft Neighbourhood Development Plan and
  • Organise and pay for a referendum on whether the Plan should be adopted.


If the Neighbourhood Development Plan is agreed by the community following a referendum, Mole Valley will include the Plan in its Local Development Framework and take it into account in the consideration of planning applications in Bookham.