Sandie Lenton Forrest,
Chair, Secretary (Acting), Programme Secretary (Acting)
Sandie has a BA Interior Design and owned her own Central London Estate Agency before moving to the Philippines for four years and then to Penang, Malaysia since 2007, where she served in several positions, including President, of the International Women’s Association 2007-2013. She then set up and chaired the first and only Arts Society in SE Asia. Having decided that she had seen the best of Asia Sandie decided to relocate back to Spain. Sandie will bring enormous experience to The Arts Society Benahavis.
Vice-Chair and Events Officer
Lynda was born in Cape town and grew up in both South West Africa and Rhodesia. Her family moved to Spain in 1969. In 1985 she started her own company, IMP – Incentives, Marketing and Promotions. In 1993 she moved to Spain to work for OCI Radio. The following year, she moved to London, where she worked for the Africa Decisions magazine, doing all their marketing and sales. In 1995, she started her own business in London, representing many tour operators around Latin America, Africa and India. In 2011 Lynda moved back to Spain, working in her travel company and also producing a travel program for Talk Radio Europe. She now works closely with British Benevolent Fund and Age Concern, organising marketing and events for them. Lynda joined NADFAS Fuengirola in 2011 before moving to Guadalmina and joining the Benahavis Arts Society, working in various roles on the committees of both associations.
Ian was born in London and is proud to be a true Cockney. He studied Geography at Bristol University, but then moved into computer systems with Unilever; where he acquired a degree in Computer Science. For most of his career he was a Management Consultant primarily involved in Project and Programme Management, specialising in Procurement and Supply (in which he subsequently acquired a vocational degree). He worked mainly with UK government departments, initially advising on and implementing Information Technology strategies. For much of his later career, he took on senior civil service management roles, including that of Deputy Controller of the Passport Office and Commercial Director of the Department for Local Government. In retirement, Ian and his wife Jacqueline moved from their home in Kent to Estepona and have made their life here. Prior to taking on this role, Ian was Treasurer to the Marbella Cosmopolitan Rotary Club. He has been a Rotarian for 40 years, currently a member of Rotary Direct; and is a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow.