The (very busy) life Brian
Name: Brian Perry Age: 62 Occupation: Retired
Community work: Employee of Procter & Gamble (P&G) in Egham from Oct 1982-May 2008; Was Community Matters manager from 2001; Now retired, he volunteers for the following: Press Officer for the Association for the Improvement of Runnymede;
Director/trustee of Voluntary Support North Surrey; Chairs Group C communications of Runnymede Business Partnership; Health and safety officer Egham Royal Show; Chairs fundraising committee for 1st Chertsey Scouts new HQ Appeal; Press officer for the Rotary Club of Chertsey; Management member of Chertsey Flood Volunteers; Demonstrator for the Royal Society of Chemistry; Correspondent for Herald’s (Chertsey) fortnightly column on Community News in Runnymede from August 2012 until August 2014.
Biggest achievement: Leading a strong community matters programme at P&G and establishing the firm as title sponsor of Surrey Youth Games and Team Runnymede. Accompanied Mayor Mary Angell to lunch at Denbies Vineyard during the Queen’s visit to Surrey in 2004. Each Surrey mayor had to nominate an adult and child who contributed to the life of the borough – Cllr Angell said: “I always think of Mr Perry as Mr Runnymede because he works tirelessly for the community.”
Time dealing with the paper: Since 2002;
Most memorable story: Last winter’s floods, particularly in Chertsey, Thorpe and Egham Hythe, and the work of flood groups. The Herald’s two-page pullout of the Egham Royal Show 2013-14;
Best thing about a local paper: Local news for local people in a format accessible to all ages – not everyone can access e-news!