A former Bynea and Duport Steel rugby player is the new mayor of Elmbridge
Tony Popham was a keen rugby player in his younger days and played for Roan Antelope in Zambia and Esher in Surrey.
Councillor Popham is a Molesey Residents’ Association Member and a Molesey West Ward Councillor. He was born in Gower, South Wales.
Before becoming the new mayor for Elmbridge Tony has served on numerous committees within the council including:
Chairman of the Environmental Affairs Overview and Scrutiny Committee 2001/02
Vice chairman of the same committee 2002/03.
Chairman of the Sustainability Working Group (which led to Council’s Sustainable Strategy in 2006).
Member of the North Area Planning Sub-Committee from 2010 to 2021
Member of the full Planning Committee from 2012 to 2021.
Tony studied Climate Change and Sustainability at Brunel University and then worked as an engineer in the steel works in Llanelli until he was 23. He then moved to Africa and then Israel to work before moving back to the UK and settling in East Molesey in 1988.
He formally ran a shop in East Molesey, called The Welsh Pantry in Bridge Road, and still runs a business in the area.
Outside the Council Tony is a current Vice President at Esher Rugby Club and former Chairman of the Amateur sides.
Tony has two sons and a daughter. One son (David) went to the Orchard and St Lawrence Schools in East Molesey before moving on to Esher High and then to Southampton University. His daughter (Sian) attends Heathside School in Weybridge. Gareth served with 2 Para in Kosovo and now works as a manager in the NHS.
Another link to Llanelli is that Tony served as a Shop Steward in the AUEW in Duport Steel Works in Llanelli at the age 22.
We are sure some older rugby players will recognise him in his finery. We wish Tony well as a former player for a Llanelli club.