New Chairman elected for 2021-2022
Tandridge District Council’s Chairman for 2021-2022 is Councillor Simon Morrow. The previous chairman, Councillor Jeremy Pursehouse, presented him with the ceremonial chain of office when he was elected at last night’s Annual Council meeting.
The Vice-Chairman of the Council, also elected at last night’s meeting, is Councillor Jackie Wren, who represents the Oxted North and Tandridge Ward.
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.
This news release is endorsed by the Independents and OLRG Alliance, Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Independent groups.