Simon Whalley – Chairman
Simon Whalley is the Chairman of the Birtley House Group Ltd which provides full nursing care and supported living at Birtley House in Surrey. The Nursing Home (Eyhurst Court Ltd) was registered in 1932 by Simon’s grandparents making it probably the oldest private care home, still managed by the founding family, in Britain.
Birtley House was a designated Showcase for Surrey County Council’s energy event in 2011 for its extensive environmental activities including biomass heating for the care home and it hosts the Surrey Hills Wood Fair and a major sculpture exhibition amongst many other events attracting over 10,000 visitors each year.
Simon helped set up Surrey Hills Enterprises CIC, which he now chairs, to build a brand for the Surrey Hills, promote local produce and help conserve its environment. He also chairs the Surrey Countryside & Rural Enterprise Forum which is building a programme of collaborative working to help fund projects in the countryside in the county.
Andy was most recently Global Legal Strategy Leader for PwC.
Prior to this he had been a Main Board Director of BLP Law Firm and a Director of Eversheds Law Firm for almost 20 years.
He started his professional career with Close Brothers Merchant Bank 25 years ago.
He has also held various Executive roles in Private Equity, most recently as Chairman of Queensgate investments.
Andy regularly competes in Triathlons and has represented Team GB at international level and competed at the World Ironman Championships.
Andy is married and lives in Surrey with 2 grow up children who both attended local Surrey schools.
Rob Fairbanks leads on the policy and strategy for the Surrey Hills and manages the AONB Unit. He was appointed as the first AONB Officer for Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1999. Previously Rob worked as a Senior Countryside Officer in the Countryside Commission’s South East Regional Office where his responsibilities included National Trails, Land Management Initiatives, Community Forestry and initiating the Health Walks programme with the British Heart Foundation.
His academic credentials include a degree in Geography and Sociology and a Masters Degree in Environmental Management.
Mike has lived in Windlesham since 2006 having moved from Virginia Water. Having spent thirty years in retail, in 2006 Mike formed his own company specialising in security and risk, advising a number of major blue chip companies. In May 2011 Mike became a Windlesham Parish councillor and then Chairman the following year.
In May 2013 Mike was elected as a Surrey County Councillor representing Bagshot, Chobham and Windlesham and it was during this year that Mike decided to stop working for his professional company and serve full time on county duties. In March 2014 he became a cabinet portfolio holder for the Environment and Planning. Mike is also a school governor.
Tim is a chartered surveyor and agricultural valuer having worked with White & Sons in Dorking since 1969. Acting primarily for farmers and landowners on a range of rural matters, Tim has a clear understanding of the issues facing farmers in Surrey. A significant part of Tim’s work relates to planning and through advising clients on the diversification of their farming businesses, by making use of rural buildings no longer suitable for agriculture, he has helped to provide premises suitable for rural businesses helping the rural economy to grow. Tim, as a Director, is thus very happy to bring his knowledge of the rural economy to support the aims and objectives of Surrey Hills Enterprises.
Mark Lebus is the founder, managing director and co-owner of LC Energy Ltd with over six years of biomass industry experience having previously had commercial and project management roles in the city and sports industries.
Mark has a wide range of commercial and practical experience in project management, civil engineering and contracting with particular knowledge of building low risk supply chains and has developed his woodland based industry into the largest renewable energy business in the region, including supplying the new Energy Centre at Heathrow Airport and the new Center Parcs at Woburn Forest.
Mark is also a board member of the British Wood Heat Association and Chairman of Cranleigh Swimming Club.
Tim is a chartered surveyor and farmer and has lived in the Surrey Hills his whole life. He splits his time between running and developing the family farm in the heart of the hills alongside his property consultancy and agency business. Enterprises on the farm include growing the pedigree Hereford beef herd, development and promotion of the ornamental gardens, marketing of high quality accommodation and the expansion of a high end mobile Airstream style catering business. From a professional real estate perspective, Tim advises on all sectors of the market ranging from rural country houses, farms and estates through to acting as lead property adviser to a leading UK commercial property regeneration specialist.
David Wright OBE is the Chairman of the Surrey Hills Board, he has been involved with the Surrey Hills since 2003. He sits on Guildford Council’s Executive and has responsibility for Community Safety and Rural Communities. He recently oversaw the relocation of the Police Neighbourhood Team in the Council Offices both to save money and improve joint working.
David also serves on the Boards of the Surrey Rural Partnership, the Friends of the Hurtwood, the Guildford Rural Forum, the Guildford CAB, and the Guildford – Mukono Link. Outside the Council, David works part-time counselling on retirement and he is Chairman of Surrey Save Credit Union.