THE Rotary Club of Farnham has elected Ian Sergeant as its new president, succeeding Peter Duffy.

Ian has a strong local pedigree having been born in Farnham and educated in the town at St Andrews Infants, West Street Boys School (now Potters Gate), and Farnham Grammar School.

He then trained and qualified as a chartered accountant in the town.

His work took him abroad to France, Holland, Germany and, for 20 years, Switzerland. He then returned to live and work in Farnham as an international business consultant in 1993, a job from which he retired in 2006.

His family also has Farnham roots. His wife Margaret, nee Morris, hails from Farnham, and of his four daughters, although all were born in Switzerland, two now live in Farnham.

Ian joined the Rotary Club of Farnham in 2008 and served as treasurer for several years.

His other local activities and charities include being organist of Farnham Methodist Church, chairman of Farnham Educational Foundation, and president of Old Farnhamians’ Association.

Ian has chosen Phyllis Tuckell Hospice as his nominated charity during his year of office and will also work to support tomosynthesis and treatment of breast cancer.

Phyllis Tuckwell has been a regular beneficiary from the club’s charitable funds for several decades and earlier this year the club made donations toward tomosynthesis machines at Frimley Park and Royal Surrey hospitals.