Clive Sanders was first elected to Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, as the member for East Woodhay, in 2006 has been Leader of the borough council since February 2012 and in addition has specific responsibility for economic development and strategy. Clive was born in Bromley, Kent in 1947. On leaving University he spent some time as a road manager in the pop music industry before joining EMI and following a more conventional career path into the corporate world. With a post graduate qualification in marketing and communications he has at various times had custody of the British Gas flame, the Dulux dog and the Sandtex lighthouse. After a spell of living and working in Paris he returned to the UK to head up a subsidiary of an international chemicals group and settled in East Woodhay in 1982. Latterly he became Divisional Chief Executive of another major international chemicals group with interests throughout Europe and the far east, spending most of his life in airports and on aeroplanes. Now retired from the commercial world, he maintains a wide range of interests from horseracing to art, the theatre and opera. In his spare time away from borough council business Clive is Father Christmas’ representative at Naomi House Children’s Hospice, past captain of his golf club and, until council commitments took over, was a chair of school governors and a parish councillor. He is a keen sports fan with particular enthusiasm for cricket, rugby and football and admits to being a long-time supporter of Kent County Cricket Club, Newbury Rugby Club and Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club.