Mel Few, Cabinet Member for Adults

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! 

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Mary Lewis, Cabinet Member for Education

Mary was elected as Surrey  County Councillor for Cobham in May 2013. Prior to that she was a school teacher in the Cobham area and her interest in young people and education informs her work as the Surrey County Council Cabinet Associate for Children, Schools and Families. 

Colin Kemp, Cabinet Member for Highways

Colin was elected to Goldsworth East and Horsell Village in 2013 and since that time has also become a Borough Councillor in Horsell West. He dedicates his time to education, highways and infrastructure issues in both areas and is a strong voice for residents.

Tim Oliver, Property & Business Services

Tim represents Esher on Elmbridge Borough Council and also the Leader of the Conservative Group at the Council. He served as Cabinet Member for Resources from 2011 to 2016. He is married to Debi, a former GP.

Helyn Clack, Cabinet Member for Health

I have been the County Councillor for Dorking Rural for the last twelve years, live in Charlwood with my husband Bryan and brought up my family here.  Over the last four years I have:

Denise Turner Stewart, Cabinet Member for Communities

Denise has served the residents of Spelthorne as a borough councillor for four years and a county councillor for eight years. She manages a small family business, manufacturing and supplying tooling to the civil and defence aviation industry. 

Peter Martin, Chairman of SCC

Peter Martin has served as the County Councillor for Godalming South, Milford & Witley since 2005 and is also the Deputy Leader of the County Council with responsibility for business and economic growth.
Peter was educated at Oxford and Durham University and is a qualified accountant. After voluntary service overseas in the Sudan he worked for over 30 years in the International IT Industry in London, Paris and New York.