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Jeff grew up in Ireland, which gave him his strong sense of community. After attending university in England, and then teaching in schools in London, he became headteacher of a secondary school before moving here with his wife.
Jeff is passionate about youth services having helped run a church youth club and, when he was elected as a Liberal Democrat councillor in Kingston, he safeguarded youth clubs against closure during Conservative austerity. He later served on the management board of a community centre.
As a teacher, and secondary headteacher, Jeff provided after-school clubs and activities for young people, and helped them integrate into the community, in particular helping in residential and day centres for the elderly.
Conservative budget cuts have sadly decimated community facilities, especially for young people, which Jeff deplores. He now volunteers at the Foodbank at Immanuel Church in Southbourne.
Jeff has the experience to get things done and is keen to support community groups of all kinds as he understands the valuable role they play in so many people’s lives.
A keen cyclist and tennis player, Jeff also enjoys film, concerts, music and reading. He loves to travel, and has cycle toured, rough camping, in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the United States.