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! 

See Also

Tony Samuels, Vice-Chairman of SCC

Tony and his wife Lorraine (the Borough Councillor for Oatlands Park) are active members of the community.Tony said: “I am proud to have opened the Oatlands Village Fayre which supports local businesses and engenders great community spirit in our unique area.

Elizabeth Bowes

Liz Bowes represents the Pyrford Division on Surrey County Council and is constantly in touch with local residents and residents associations about key local issues. Liz sits on the Woking Local Committee and the Safer and Stronger Communities Select Committee.

John O'Reilly

John has been a Hersham resident for over 25 years. He is always accessible, by phone, e-mail, on his bike around the Village (he sees first-hand the pothole menace!) or running in Coronation Rec and its brilliant new Green gym!

Mary Angell

Mary Angell has lived in Runnymede for nearly forty years. For much of that time she taught in local secondary schools, including Sir William Perkins’s School, Chertsey.  

Matt Furniss

Matt has lived in Guildford for over 12 years. He was educated locally at Boxgrove Primary School and George Abbot School before graduating the University of Surrey after studying Politics and International Relations. Matt now works for an organic food company.

Julie Iles

I am active in our community, working closely with our Councillors and attending Parish Council meetings. I understand the issues that concern our residents and... I have the contacts to make sure that things are followed up and resolved.

Sinead Mooney


Spelthorne Borough Councillor for the  Ashford North and Stanwell South Ward

Sinead is the County Councillor for the Staines Division of Surrey County Council

Sinead has lived in Ashford for 10 years and is married with two daughters both of whom attend local schools.

Marisa Heath

Marisa is the county councillor for Englefield Green