Simon Whalley

Fellow of the Board

Simon Whalley is the Chairman of the Birtley House Group Ltd which provides full nursing care and supported living at Birtley House in Surrey. The Nursing Home (Eyhurst Court Ltd) was registered in 1932 by Simon’s grandparents making it probably the oldest private care home, still managed by the founding family, in Britain.

Birtley House was a designated Showcase for Surrey County Council’s energy event in 2011 for its extensive environmental activities including biomass heating for the care home and it hosts the Surrey Hills Wood Fair and a major sculpture exhibition amongst many other events attracting over 10,000 visitors each year.

Simon helped set up Surrey Hills Enterprises CICI, which he now chairs to build a brand for the Surrey Hills, promote local produce and help conserve its environment. He also chairs the Surrey Countryside & Rural Enterprise Forum which is building a programme of collaborative working to help fund projects in the countryside in the county. Simon is also a Trustee for the Community Foundation for Surrey which is dedicated to inspiring local philanthropy and building permanent community resources to support those in need and improve the lives of people in Surrey.