Stefan's bio

Stefan was born in Kenya in 1970 where his French mother and English father had met and were living and working. Following the birth of his sister, the family moved to Godalming in 1973. Stefan was educated locally at Busbridge School and the Royal Grammar School, Guildford. In 1990, he joined the Godalming based publisher Colour Library Books before being lured away to London in 1996 where he joined Dorling Kindersley and later Penguin Books, where he was Business Development Manager.

Between 2003 and 2008 he was Sales and Business Development Manager for Trotman and Crimson Publishing where he worked four days a week while running his own wine business called Field&Vine. Between 2006 and 2008, he was the publisher of Grapestalk, the online wine magazine for the Association of Small Direct Wine Merchants.

In 2007, Stefan was elected a Godalming Town and Waverley Borough Councillor for Godalming Charterhouse and re-elected in 2011 and 2015. He was leader of Godalming Town Council from 2014-2019 and a member of Waverley Borough Council’s Executive for eight years until he stepped down in 2016. In May 2019, he retired from Godalming Town and Waverley Borough Councils and was elected to Elstead Parish Council where he lives.

Stefan is a strong supporter of his local community. He helped establish GOLO РThe Godalming Lottery, fundraised for the Godalming Bandstand, is a Friend of Godalming Woolsack Rotary, a member of the Godalming Trust, the Lutyens Trust, Brooklands Museum Trust and a founder member of the Goodwood Road Racing Club. Together with a close friend Jane, he took over the annual GUTS Classic Motor Tour in 2014, which has raised over £35,000 to fight bowel cancer at the Royal Surrey Hospital. He was also a trustee of The Clockhouse in Milford between 2019-2021.

He started Vantage Publishing in 2009 having seen the need for local community magazines in the Surrey Hills area. After 40 years in Godalming, Stefan built a house in nearby Elstead in 2012/13 where he lives with his wine collection and Humphrey the black labrador. He is partner to Mike and step-dog dad to black labradors Annie and Fergus.