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The Wentworth Estate Roads Committee consists of the following six elected residents:

            John Wisbey (Chairman) became Chairman in February 2017 after joining the Committee in April 2016. He started his career as a banker at Kleinwort Benson after graduating from Cambridge University. He had various roles there including being responsible for the bank’s lending to Hong Kong and Asian property developers for four years and later a director in the swap group. More recently he has been a technology entrepreneur founding two companies that have gone public on AIM IDOX plc (software for Local Authority Planning Applications) and Lombard Risk Management plc (software for risk management and regulation). He has lived on the Wentworth Estate since 1993 and is a member of the Wentworth Club.

           John Baines has lived on the Estate for approximately 30 years. He is originally from New Zealand and moved to the UK in the early 1980s to expand his packaging business to the UK and Ireland. Since selling his business he now operates a consultancy for international packaging and design companies and runs a Private Investment Fund. John lives on West Drive with his wife Elizabeth and two children Matilda & Zac. John is passionate about the Wentworth Estate and wishes to help make it a harmonious and exclusive place to reside.     

         Alexander Howard has an interest in the responsible improvement and development of the Estate. It shouldn’t be stuck in a time warp nor rush headlong into a new era where the Covenants and restrictions, that make this Estate what it is, are cast aside.  He believs in taking a measured approach that has the buy in of all stake holders, which for the Estate, includes Wentworth Golf Club, developers, local businesses and of course the residents.

Alex has the time, interest and energy to devote to being an active and unbiased member of the WERC working for the respectful and sustainable improvement of the Wentworth Estate and its environment.

         Peter Lomas has spent most of his business life in the IT industry. His roles have covered everything from Computer Operations to Sales & Marketing and ultimately General Management. Before retirement, he was Vice President at Cisco Systems for Telecommunications throughout Europe Middle East & Africa. Thereafter, he's completed a number of projects for Mark McCormack, Founder of IMG (Sports Management), and went on to work with several young golfers, helping them to progress from the Amateur to the Professional game. He lives on the Estate his wife, Jerri, since 1996, has owned 3 properties and they've been Wentworth Club members for 25 years; Peter and Jerri feel passionately about the Estate and are concerned about some of the growing threats that may impact on 'our little corner of Paradise'. These threats include issues such as crime and excessive development without sufficient infra-structure, as being proposed by Runnymede Borough Council in its 2030 Local Plan, that will impinge on our roads and our facilities. Peter is fully retired and able to give his time to something he feels so strongly about. 


           Lorna Ponti  has lived on the estate for over 31 years and, throughout that time, has witnessed a great deal of change. What drew her to the area initially was its suburban, tranquil and community atmosphere despite being so close to London and she thinks it is very important that this remains intact.  To achieve this, the safety of the residents is vital and she's pleased to see that progress has been made through a greater number of cameras on the estate and provision of street lighting. Lorna believe's more can be done to help protect the local community and the children within it. On the topic of the community, she is continuing to play an active role by helping to provide better healthcare for residents. In 2006 set up a fund raising event and the proceeds (over £600k) have helped to buy cancer equipment for local hospitals as well as raise awareness through cancer charities.  
           

          Taji Zadeh has been living with his family in the Virginia Water area since 1999 and moved to Lake House on the estate in 2009.   His family are all members of the Tennis and Health Club and he was elected Tennis and Health Captain in 2006.  Taji  joined the Golf Club in 2007 and his whole family use the clubs facilities regularly.

Taji strongly believes that Wentworth  should retain its status as a prime residential area and with so much happening with the new owners of the club and very unwelcome development’s in the Virginia Water area, he believes the WERC and the WRA should work very closely together to improve accountability and good governance for the residents. 

I am the owner and Executive Chairman of a local company which employs over 1,500 people in the UK and has been in operation for 20 years.  I am also involved with commercial and residential properties.  

  

In addition, the Committee employs staff consisting of an Estate manager,  Office Manager and a Maintenance Team of three full time and one part-time employees.

             James Periton who qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1997, has been the Estate Manager since 2008. Prior to his appointment he spent 15 years with a local property company specialising in all aspects of residential property. He reports to the Wentworth Estate Roads Committee regarding maintenance and planning applications for developments on the Estate. Over two spells he has lived in Virginia Water for over 35 years.

             Sharon Jones was appointed Office Manager for the Wentworth Estate Roads Committee in 2007 and is responsible for road rate collection, accounts and administration along with the day to day running and enquires. Her career has encompassed many aspects of business administration and customer service. Sharon also lives locally in Virginia Water with her husband and two daughters.

 

               Maintenance Team

               Chris Drewitt - Estate Foreman

               Steve Edwards and Joe Bridger - Estate Maintenance

               Graham Plant - Estate Maintenance