Eric and his wife moved to the village in 1968. Their three daughters attended Staplehurst school and then went on to Cornwallis and Invicta.
Eric has represented South Maidstone as a Borough and County Councillor for over 20 years, standing down as a Borough Councillor when he became Chairman of Kent County Council. Whilst Borough Councillor he was Leader of the Council and Mayor.
Eric currently serves as Cabinet Member for Corporate and Democratic Services at Kent County Council.