Mel has lived in Virginia Water since 1982, and knows the areas he represents extremely well.
He is a Chartered Accountant and holds an MBA in Finance. He has a strong business and financial background. He retired as Senior Vice President of International Foods Division of a major US foods Corporation. During his business career, he lived and managed businesses in the UK, Italy, Canada, Central America and the USA.
He was elected as the County Councillor for the Foxhills—Virginia Water Division in 2009. During his time on the Council, he has been a member of the Adult Social Care and Audit & Governance Scrutiny Committees and has Chaired the Council’s Overview & Scrutiny Committee. He was also a member of the County Council’s Pension Fund Investors Advisory Group and now is the Cabinet Member for Adults.
He has participated in many internal task groups, specifically focused on ensuring services deliver value for money which have contributed to the Council reducing its costs over the period by some £205 million.
In his spare time he enjoys walking and playing the odd game of golf and sees his early morning cycle rides as an opportunity to see that any highway defects are reported promptly and attended to!