Councillor Neil Dallen
A resident of the borough for over 50 years, Neil was born in Bournemouth and spent his formative years growing up in a council estate in Hayes, Middlesex (North London). The family moved to Epsom when Neil was 13.
Neil joined the scouts and was a student at Glyn School in Ewell, where, he says, chess was probably more important to him than his studies!
Leaving school at 18, Neil’s first full time job was at WH Smith in Epsom. After a year he was promoted to a trainee computer programmer, in the days when computers were large and the industry young. Working for different companies, he gradually progressed into senior management. His career path included giving a four week intensive software course in Iraq and lecturing at a local prison. Neil has been made redundant twice. This led, in 1993, to him starting up his own computer services consultancy and project management business. One of the highpoints of the business was the contract to provide hardware, software and networks to the whole of the MoD. Neil retired in 2017.
Neil married Ann in 1983 and the couple have six grown up children and four grandsons.
Scouting has been a large part of his life and many highlights include running a group of 250 plus scouts, taking groups to Sweden and Uganda, leading a contingent at the 21st World Jamboree, producing local gang shows at the Epsom Playhouse, overseeing Epsom Fireworks display and the Community Christmas Post scheme. In 2017, after over 50 years of Scouting, he decided to take a break.
Neil first got heavily involved in local politics when he joined the Town Ward Residents Association in the early 1990s, becoming chairman in 1998. Neil stood as candidate in the 1999 elections and on the fourth attempt in 2007 became a Councillor with a majority of just two!
He has served on most borough council and joint Surrey County Council committees and working groups. From 2011 to 2016 he was chair of Strategy and Resources committee.
Neil is promoting the theme of ‘youth and disadvantaged’ during his tenure as Mayor.
The Mayor has selected three local organisations to help as his chosen charities:
- Girlguiding UK, specifically for projects in Epsom & Ewell to improve facilities for both Girlguiding and other youth activities, including Duke of Edinburgh expeditions.
- Talking Newspaper based at Swail House, Epsom providing a ‘lifeline’ service to those blind or partially sighted.
- Work Stress Solutions who support a wide range of disadvantaged people, young and old, by improving their self-esteem, providing training and offering employment opportunities both within and outside their organisation.
Neil hopes that residents will support his charity committee and the many events they will be organising ranging from raffles to a ‘black tie’ ball. More information can be found on www.mayorscharitiesepsom.org.uk
Mayor's attendance at events
The Mayor is always pleased to receive invitations to local events and to meet representatives of local community groups, schools, youth groups and charitable organisations. If you would like the Mayor to support your organisation by attending your special event or require any other information, please do not hesitate to contact the Mayor's Secretary.
Patron and awards
During the Mayoral year, the Mayor is Honorary Member of:
- The Royal Automobile Club
- The Epsom Club
- Epsom Rotary Club
During the Mayoral year, the Mayor is President or Patron of the following organisations:
- Epsom & Ewell Puffins Club
- Epsom Common Association
- Epsom Age Concern
- Epsom & Ewell Phab
- Epsom & Ewell Talking Newspapers for the Blind
- Epsom & Ewell Citizens Advice Bureau
- Epsom & Ewell Town Twinning Association
- Conquest Art
- Epsom & Ewell Multi Faith Forum
Telephone: 01372 732000