Sir Sydney was the Conservative Member of Parliament for Chipping Barnet from 1979 to 2005, previously serving for four years as Member for Birmingham Handsworth. An architect by profession, he studied at Rugby School and Manchester University and served as Chairman of the Young Conservatives from 1964 until 1966. Sydney could quite properly claim the mantle of Parliament’s first environmentalist, with his ‘Plant A Tree in 73’ campaign, the first popular environmental movement in Britain. The success of Sydney’s campaign and the subsequent creation of the Tree Council led to over twenty million trees being planted across the country.
Sadly, Sir Sydney died in October 2014 but he is remembered fondly by all his colleagues at Wellington Street Partners for his humour, intelligence and above all, his compassion for others and zest for life.