Dewlands South Ward

Sharmilee Bhose

Sharmilee Bhose

ROLES: Councillor, Verwood Memorial Hall Trust

07812 569974

Register of Interests

Having lived in Verwood for over 16 years I wanted to become involved in helping and supporting the community in which I live and have worked . I am a B.Sc (Hons) Graduate in Economics and I have had a long & very successful career in Financial Services from which I have only recently retired.
I am passionate about the Environment and Local Services. I am married and have a beautiful daughter.

Toni Coombs

Toni Coombs

ROLES: Councillor, Dorset Councillor, Community Liaison Councillor

01202 827376

cllrtoni.coombs@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk

Register of Interests

Toni has represented Verwood on the Town Council since 1999. She also represents Verwood on Dorset Council (previously East Dorset District Council since 1999-2019 and Dorset County Council since 2001-2019). Since moving to Verwood in 1991 she has seen the Town’s population double and has been instrumental in obtaining the funding for many of the developments in the town over the years. She cares passionately about the town and the need to keep that village feel, that we all treasure; and is happy to roll her sleeves up and get involved in the community volunteering.
Her two adult sons went through our local school system each attending one of our Upper Schools after leaving Emmanuel.
Outside of her council responsibilities she enjoys photography and gardening – when time allows.

Spencer Flower

Spencer Flower

ROLES: Councillor, Dorset Councillor

01202 821231

Register of Interests

Born in Dorset Spencer’s career in engineering took him to London. Returning to Dorset 23 years ago he became Managing Director of an engineering company in Poole.
Spencer has been a County Councillor since 2005, an East Dorset District Councillor since 1999. He has two children and two grandchildren.
Using his business experience Spencer has worked dealing successfully with many local issues, and is renowned for his support of your Town Council.
Spencer is a Member of Dorset Council and Chairman of the Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Authority.

Sandra Grove

Sandra Grove

ROLES: Councillor, Bournemouth International Airport (alt), Citizens Advice Bureau, Town Twinning Association (alt), Trees Liaison Councillor

01202 826449

Register of Interests

I was born in Hayes Middlesex in 1951 and was educated at Townfield Secondary Modern School in Hayes.
I am married to Clive and have two Children Johanna and Matthew.
We have lived in Verwood since 1989 when it was still very much a village and have watched it grow through the years into the town we have today. Although we are now called a town Verwood still has a wonderful village feel.
After moving here I took advantage of the excellent adult education system and passed City and Guilds - Maths and IT and Computer Studies at Ferndown school.
I have owned my own Restaurant in Ringwood and am now retired doing voluntary work.
I am on the Finance and General Purposes and Amenities committees for Verwood Town Council, and am Councillor for Bournemouth Airport Consultative Committee. I was privileged to be Mayor of our Town for 2015/2016 & 2018/2019 and am also Vice Chairman of Governors for Hillside School.
My voluntary work involves Treasurer of the Verwood and Three Cross Twinning Society, Treasurer of the Heathland Heritage Centre where I also work every other Thursday serving our community. I also help to run a Community Group for people over 55.
My interests are cooking, gardening, travel, fundraising and looking after our grandchildren.

Philip Mann

Philip Mann

ROLES: Deputy Mayor, Police Liaison Councillor, Environment Councillor

01202 820866

Register of Interests

I moved to idyllic Verwood after a successful career as a procurement executive for a large company in the mail order industry buying ladies and men's fashion clothing. My career then extended to head of their import supply chain operations.
This was followed in a senior position within a leading Home enhancement retail company with over 360 stores. The role covered Operational, tactical and strategic responsibilities. My job took me on many overseas business trips to numerous countries allowing me to gain an understanding of various cultures. My skills include project management, performance monitoring, managing budgets and negotiating multi million pound contracts combined with a close working relationship with HMR&C and customs legislation.
I have been a Verwood Town Councillor since 2015 and in 2019 became Deputy Mayor and again in 2020. My interests are in the environment and its biodiversity representing the Council on the East Dorset Environmental Partnership (EDEP) and also being involved as a Police Liaison Councillor.
My continuing ambition is to listen and serve the community, to not only maintain but help enhance Verwood as a great place to live for all.

Shelley Rose

Shelley Rose

ROLES: Councillor, Potterne Park User Group, Youth Representative

07855 201532

Register of Interests

I have enjoyed living in Verwood for 40 years. I have many happy memories from growing up here, attending Sunday school, Hillside First School, Brownies, youth club, working and socialising. I have always taken part in community events, with my four children doing the same. I am proud to be Verwood Carnival Chairman and also of my new role as a Town Councillor.
I studied art design and horticulture and with a degree in garden design, I work locally as a garden designer. I have also supported the homeless in Bournemouth and surrounding areas for many years, and now I am the chairman of a registered charity called Second Chance, I give up my time to be a support worker to our clients.
I am proud to be part of a wonderful community here in Verwood and look forward to more community involvement that this role may bring.

Kate Stephens

Kate Stephens

ROLES: Councillor, Internet Councillor

01202 940456

Register of Interests

I have lived in Verwood since I was born in 1983 and now live with my partner who has also lived in Verwood all his life. We were both educated at Hillside, Emmanuel and then Q.E. I have been a member of many community groups including Brownies, Guides, Verwood Concert Brass, The Pantomime Society and Verwood Town Netball club for which I was a committee member for several years but unfortunately I was forced to ‘retire’ due to injury. Through working at Bradfords Building Supplies in Verwood for the last 10 years I have gained a real sense of the community that lives and works in and around the town. Having lived here for so long I have witnessed a lot of change and I was motivated to become a councillor to help ensure that further developments and improvements reflect the needs and vision of Verwood’s residents.

Mark Thorpe

Mark Thorpe

ROLES: Councillor, Press & PR

07483 213309

Register of Interests

I was born in Tunbridge Wells, Kent but I have owned a house in Three Legged Cross for over 20 years. For 13 years of that time I was working in the Middle East and I returned to the area in 2018 when I took up my current position with the RNLI.  I enjoy the local countryside and am often out walking in the forest with my Golden Retriever.  I joined Verwood Town Council in May 2019 as part of my commitment to the local community.