Sean McDonald with violinist Kamila Bydlowska at WSO's 90th Season launch in the Southern Pavilion, Worthing Pier.
Sean has been a Sussex resident all his life and grew up in Hove where he attended De La Salle College, which became Cardinal Newman school in the Upper Drive. He completed his A Levels at Northbrook College in Worthing and eventually moved to liven the town in the early 1980s.
After education, Sean worked in the Civil Service, but had always wanted to before successfully applying to join Sussex Police in the mid 1980s. He was initially posted to Littlehampton and then served in both uniform and plain clothes in various stations along the coast. He finished his career in Brighton working on the public order unit which allowed him to expand his second passion (after music) and attend Brighton & Hove Albion football matches throughout the country.
“I have seen Brighton beat John Gibbons’s team Wolves (and lose to them)!”
After 30 years’ service as a Policeman, Sean rejoined Sussex Police as support staff and also stood in the local Council elections in 2014. He was elected to represent Northbrook ward in Durrington and was also elected to West Sussex County Council in 2017 to represent the same ward. In 2016 he was honoured to be the Mayor of Worthing and one of the ‘chores’ was to attend WSO concerts as a guest. As Sean observes “This was easy for me as I had been a regular for many years”.
Following his year as Mayor, Sean was approached to become a WSO Trustee and was delighted to accept. Sean is also a Governor at Hawthorns School in Durrington, a member of The Sons Of The Desert – the Laurel and Hardy fan club – and he remains a passionate fan of Brighton and Hove Albion. However, his main interests remain classical music and ballet which he has enjoyed since his school days.
Sean has lived in Durrington for 35 years and I has two sons and three (soon to be four) grandchildren.