Terry has lived in Southfields for nearly 20 years and was educated locally. He works at London University as an administrator. One of his recent tasks was to chair the environmental policy implementation group. Alongside representing Southfields Ward at the council he sits on the Community Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Licensing Committee, Standing advisory Council on Religious Education and the Wandsworth Agreed Syllabus Conference.
Terry was elected councillor of Southfields in 2010 and has taken an active interest in the many local issues which have arisen. These have included controversial planning applications, most notably the proposal for redevelopment of the former snooker hall at Wimbledon Park Road. He spoke at the planning inquiry about this site and backed the proposals by the Plaza Cinema Group of local residents to retain leisure use within any new development.
He is also concerned on a smaller scale to protect the character of Southfields from over-development and is in favour of retaining the small, local parades of shops offering a choice from the larger supermarkets.
In his free time, Terry is secretary to a local charity, which he has served for over 30 years, providing grants for equipment used by local health services in Wandsworth. He enjoys hill-walking and is a patron of the Southfields Theatre Group.