In May next year, Wiltshire and Dorset voters go to the polls to choose, or re-elect, a new Police and Crime Commissioner.
On the front foot and raring to go in Dorset is David Sidwick, retired executive of an pharmaceutical company. He arrived at Valley News‘s Wilton offices for an exclusive interview. In attendance was a work experience student from Burgate School and Sixth Form. Here is her report.
By Martha Humphreys, work experience student (age 15.)
From tractor addict to PCC, David Sidwick has lived in Bournemouth for all of his life, so far. As a child, his parents took him and his brother all round Dorset and he grew to love the area – and tractors.
He attended Bournemouth schools in his childhood and in his teens, but the now 58-year-old dreamed of being a vet, not realising he was allergic to cats and dogs. He picked the next best thing: studying Anatomical Science at Bristol University.
David eventually went into the pharmaceutical industry and joined Pfizer (Parke-Davis Warner Lambert), where he was a marketing director. David moved on to start his own successful medicinal education consultancy in the year 2000.
The company advised and trained 17,500 practitioners over 18 years. In 2006, David took on the role of governor and became Chair of governors at Bournemouth School.
During the past 18 months, he has devoted his time and energies towards becoming PCC for the rural and metropolitan areas of Dorset, the county he loves. David is married, has a son and a daughter, two stepdaughters and a stepson.
He’s a Conservative and claims to have strong links with top Ministers, MPs, local authorities, community leaders and current PCCs.
“I will work for country and coast,” he told Valley News.