Chairman of the Council

Councillor Jeremy Pursehouse

The Chairman and Vice-Chairman represent the Council at local community events and outside functions and are civic roles. Both are appointed for a year at the Annual Meeting of the Council in May.

If you would like to invite the Chairman of the Council to attend a local event, for example to open a fete, make a speech or as a guest, please contact the Chairman's Secretary. Once they have confirmed availability you will need to complete a Chairman's form.

Chairman for 2021-2022

Our current Chairman is Councillor Simon Morrow. 

Simon has lived in Warlingham since 1988 and represented Warlingham East Ward from 1990 to 1998. He returned in 2002, after a voluntary four year break, to represent the expanded ward of Warlingham East, Chelsham & Farleigh.

Simon has been a member of most council committees, principally Strategy and Resources, Housing and Planning. He has been a member of the Planning Committee since 2003 and was Vice-Chairman of Resources in the 1990s. 

He has also been a member of Warlingham Parish Council since 2004, including Chairman from 2016 to 2019.  

Simon is an active member of All Saints Church, Warlingham, where he is treasurer and a member of the choir. He has been the Council’s representative on the Warlingham Sports Club management committee for a number of years. His main outside interests are choral singing, cricket and attending concerts, theatre and opera.  

The Chairman’s chosen charities for the year, reflecting his concerns for addressing poverty and his lifelong involvement in making music, are: 

  • The Caterham Foodbank, which provides emergency food and support to local people in crisis. It is part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.
  • The Robert Bouffler Trust, which supports young musicians in East Surrey, providing practical support for them especially where their families have limited means, including buying instruments and paying for tuition. 

The Chairman is married to Sarah and they have two adult children who grew up and attended school in Warlingham before moving away. Simon is a retired banker and project manager, retiring from the banking multinational HSBC in 2012, after a long career in The City and Canary Wharf. During his year he will be supported by his wife Sarah, who will be his Consort.


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