Here is the VantagePoint team, all of whom live in the local area which we feel is a prerequisite for anyone publishing a local community magazine. All are based at our office in Godalming, which is at the geographical heart of our circulation area.
Stefan was born in Kenya in 1970 where his French mother and English father had met and were living and working. Following the birth of his sister, the family moved to Godalming in 1973. Stefan was educated locally at Busbridge School and the Royal Grammar School, Guildford. In 1990, he joined the Godalming based publisher Colour Library Books before being lured away to London in 1996 where he joined Dorling Kindersley and later Penguin Books, where he was Business Development Manager.
Between 2003 and 2008 he was Sales and Business Development Manager for Trotman and Crimson Publishing where he worked four days a week while running his own wine business called Field&Vine. Between 2006 and 2008, he was the publisher of Grapestalk, the online wine magazine for the Association of Small Direct Wine Merchants.
In 2007, Stefan was elected a town and borough councillor for Godalming Charterhouse and re-elected in 2011 and 2015. He is currently chairman of Godalming Town Council’s main Policy Committee and recently stepped down from Waverley Borough Council’s Executive after eight years of service.
He started Vantage Publishing in 2009 having seen the need for local community magazines in the Surrey Hills area. After 40 years in Godalming, Stefan built a house in nearby Elstead in 2012/13 where he lives with his wine collection and Humphrey the black labrador.
Marcus was born in Bristol in 1969, has a younger brother who now lives in New Zealand; he believes it’s nothing personal. He spent a few years of his childhood in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait as his father was a Civil Engineer, and this opened his eyes at an early age to travel.
He went to school in Bristol, and then on to Southampton University to study Geography, where he met is now wife, Sarah, who is originally from Godalming. After University they together embarked upon a 10 month round the world adventure, of course over 20 years ago it was before international mobile phones and the internet, so it really was an adventure across 4 continents. After returning from his travels and considerably lighter (after the last few months in India and Nepal), Marcus moved to South East London and worked for 15 years within the paper trade.
Marcus moved to Godalming with Sarah in 2001, they have two teenage daughters and two slightly younger sons, and started working with Stefan at Vantage Publishing back in mid 2009. He loves meeting such a huge variety of local business owners, and the huge diversity of types of businesses, and loves the fact that our publications make a real positive difference to the community and to local people’s lives.
Nick was born in Zimbabwe but has lived in England for all but 10 months of his life. Angie was born in Canada and came to England at the age of eight. They first met at the age of 10 when Angie ran in the sister’s race at Barrow Hills School but no interest was shown until Nick went on to St. George’s College in Weybridge.
Nick qualified as a Chartered Accountant and went on to start a paper merchanting business which he ran for 25 years. He and Angie have lived in Godalming for 43 years and have two children and six grandchildren, all living locally. Their daughter Sarah is married to Marcus, above. Being retired, they now enjoy golf, cooking, gardening, Scrabble, pilates and travelling and of course editing the Jottings for VantagePoint Magazine.
Lauren worked for IBM before she left to have her twins Amelie and Matilda. She is married to Charlie and lives in Hurtmore, Godalming.
Jesse was born in Haywards Heath, West Sussex to an English father and mother with Dutch roots. She lived in the small village of Horsted Keynes before leaving to study Business Studies at Lancaster University. After graduating, she held in a variety of roles in insurance before working in marketing and then finding herself drawn to a career in sales due to her love of meeting and talking to people. Since 2008, Jesse has been living in Guildford and becoming immersed in Surrey life. In her spare time Jesse enjoys travelling to new places, singing in her local choir and playing badminton with friends.
David’s career has involved management/board appointments in the retail, drinks, consultancy and executive search sectors. For the past 15 years, he has undertaken executive and non-executive roles on the consumer marketing/management services sector. These include active investments in a number of property, healthcare and recruitment businesses. He is also a non-executive Director of Surrey Cricket Club. He joined Vantage Publishing as a non-executive Director in March 2016 to assist the directors with company strategy and business development.
Jane has a background in Human Resourses and Catering Management as well as experience with running her own business. Jane currently supports Vantage Publishing with their Credit Control and Jottings. Jane was born in Guildford and has always lived locally, currently based in Elstead wither her husband, two children and Twinkle the dog. Hobbies include going on holiday and singing!
Claire was born and raised in Kenya, after coming back in 1998 she settled in Guildford with her family and attended Woldingham School followed by Winchester University and graduated in 2008 with a BA hons in Performing arts. Claire still loves living in Guildford and enjoys the lovely Surrey Hills where she takes her dog Alfie for walks.