Many will remember me as President of Brighton Trade Labour Club during the eighties. l am member of a well known local family, some of whom are well known on the political scene. My main interests are community safety and housing. I am still working but endeavour to attend as many meetings concerning older people as time permits. Colin sadly passed away in 2012 whilst still with the OPC.
Peter Terry 2011 - 2013(Treasurer)
East Brighton, Queens Park
Peter moved to Bristol Estate in 2003, and has been involved in running a social club as chairman and a garden club. He is interested in transport and wants to help in areas such as transport for older people in keeping doctor and hospital appointments. He feels very strongly that transport such as buses should meet the needs of older people on low incomes, and on hilly areas of Brighton and Hove such as Bristol Estate and Mile Oak. Peter succeeded Colin Carden as Treasurer but had to retire from the OPC in 2013 due to continuing poor health.
John Barry 2007 - 2011(Secretary)
East Brighton, Queens Park.
John has lived in Brighton and Hove since 1978. He worked as a librarian at the University of Brighton for almost 30 years, providing books and information services for students, teaching staff and the local community. He wants to support the good work of the OPC to promote the interests of older people across the City, so that we can all enjoy secure and fulfilling lives. Interests: transport; community safety and welfare; and maintaining good communication so that local older people know about and benefit from the best possible support and services.
Jim Buttimer 2003 - 2011 (Secretary 2003 - 2007)
Central Hove, Westbourne
Jim is a retired Senior Civil Servant (Principal Examiner, Companies Investigation Branch). He is a former Brighton and later Hove Councillor and former Mayor of Hove. Jims principal interests are: Finance, Planning and Personnel Management. He believes that the interests of older people tend to belittled and that more account should be taken of the experience and (sometimes) wisdom that they have acquired during their long lives.
Ed Cruickshank-Robb 2007 - 2011
Hangleton and Knoll, Stanford
Ed has had a lifelong involvement in health care serving on many professional bodies and Brighton Health Authority. Passionate about the welfare of older people, particularly the infirm, lonely and impoverished. He is committed to securing adequate provision of residential and home care. He served on Hove Borough Council with expertise in planning and finance and is a former Mayor of Hove.
Bob Gunnell 2003 - 2011 (Vice Chair 2003 - 2007)
Bob has spent his whole working life in broadcasting. Starting at the bottom as an engineer, then later as producer and presenter, becoming founder manager of BBC Radio Brighton. After early retirement he worked as a media lecturer in several colleges. Bob has been a member of the OPC from inception. Interested in adult education and the arts.