Stephen's Castle Ward

Alan Biggs

Alan Biggs

ROLES: Councillor, Bournemouth International Airport, Highway Liaison Councillor, Police Liaison Councillor, Transport Councillor

01202 821186

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I grew up in Staines, Middlesex, had a career in engineering and I did 5 years National Service in the Royal Air Force.
My wife and I had two children and we initially moved to Verwood in 2000 but moved away to be nearer our new grandchild. We relocated back to Verwood in 2009. I lost my wife in 2014 after 51 years of marriage.
I am enjoying my role in the Town Council,  representing Stephens Castle Ward and hopefully being of help to all residents in the Civil Parish.

Lindsey Dedden

Lindsey Dedden

ROLES: Councillor, D.A.P.T.C. Eastern area, D.A.P.T.C. Larger Councils, Verwood Heathland Heritage Trust

01202 824473

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I was born in Edgware Middlesex and educated at Harrow County Grammar School for Girls and Loughborough University of Technology. After graduating, Alan (also a graduate of Loughborough University of Technology) and I moved to Kent. We relocated to Seattle WA for two years before returning to Kent and then moving to Verwood in 1985. I worked for organisations in the public and private sector in Personnel Management until our son, Ross was born in 1984.
I have been an active member of many local groups. I was elected to the Town Council in 1990 and have chaired three Council committees, taken part in several working parties and represented the Council on many outside bodies. I served as Town Mayor 2003-2004 and was honoured to be Town Mayor again 2017.
I was a member of East Dorset District Council from 1995 to 1999. I have been active in the Dorset Association of Parish and Town Councils on behalf of the Town Council for many years, serving as Chairman from 2008 to 2011. Currently I represent Dorset at the South West Regional Council of Local Councils and National Association of Local Councils.
From 1997 to 2009 I served as a Non-Executive Director, Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS (later Foundation) Trust and also as a Lay Chair/Lay Adv isor to the Wessex Medical Deanery.
Alan and I have been very active in the dog sledding world, having owned Siberian Huskies for almost 20 years. We have however, now retired from this sport. Since Alan retired in 2014, our main activities centre around archaeology and an offshoot of this for me is cake making! I am also a very enthusiastic amateur genealogist and family historian and have been delighted to find some local roots – my great great grandfather was born in Sixpenny Handley.
I am a Chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Simon Gibson

Simon Gibson

ROLES: Councillor, Dorset Councillor

01202 820822

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Born in Belfast, I moved with my family to Verwood in 1999.  I attended Emmanuel Middle School and QE.
I joined Verwood Town Council in 2007 and was proud to be Town Mayor for the year 2012/13, celebrating the Queens Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 Olympic Games.  I am the current Vice Chairman of the Finance & General Purposes Committee.
I was elected to the new Dorset Council in 2019 having previously represented Verwood on the East Dorset District Council since 2011 until the Council merged as part of the Local Government reorganisation.  I was the Cabinet member for Housing (2014-2019) and Deputy Leader of Council (2017-2019) I am currently the Dorset Council lead member for Care.
In 2012 I founded the Community Christmas Lunch that provides a free community lunch for people on their own on Christmas Day.
I also organise the monthly litter picks to help keep Verwood tidy.

Pat Morrow

Pat Morrow

ROLES: Councillor, Town Twinning Association (Alt) Verwood in Bloom

01202 814733

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Originally from Belfast I came to Verwood in 2000 to join family here.
I was educated at the Methodist College, Belfast and in later years I completed an Open University Degree study in the State in Britain and International Politics.
During my working career I was General Secretary of a Political Pressure Group which founded a moderate political party, an area manager for Oxfam Ireland, a manager for a Hospice and a Community Leader running a large Community Centre.
I joined a number of organisations when I arrived in Verwood in order to make friends and become part of the community. I think that Verwood has a special quality that welcomes strangers.
I am currently Chair of the Verwood Area Fiftyplus Forum; a Trustee and Deputy Chair of Dorset Fiftyplus ; a member of Dorset Age Partnership and a committee member of Help the Aged Local Committee.
I am also a member of the Verwood Flower Club, the Verwood and District Horticultural Society and the WI.
My main interests are dogs, walking and enjoying the beautiful scenery in Dorset.
As a member of the Verwood Town Council I will be endeavouring to champion the cause of older people

Matthew Parker

Matthew Parker

ROLES: Mayor

07703 342039

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I was born in Ewell, Surrey in 1978 and my parents settled in Horndean, Hampshire when I was 8. I moved to Bournemouth in 1996 to attend Bournemouth University where I studied Business Law and where I met my wife.

I am married to Jodi and have three young children. Following qualifying as a solicitor in 2006 we moved to Verwood and have stayed ever since. It is somewhere we both enjoy living and where we wanted to bring our children up. In 2009 I set up Forest Edge Legal Practice which expanded in 2015 to incorporate a long standing local firm of Meesons Solicitors.

I am a governor at Emmanuel Middle School and Cranborne First School. I was previously a trustee director of Verwood Hub and on the committee of the Verwood and District Chamber of Trade.

Bridie Salmon

Bridie Salmon

ROLES: Councillor, Environment Councillor

07867 334841

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I grew up in Woodlands and moved to Verwood in 2012.  I studied Physics through the Open University before training as an Early Years Teacher and currently I work at a local nursery.  I live with my son and our pet bearded dragon Atarka. We are lucky to live close to Potterne Park and love to ride our bikes over to Moors Valley. I am passionate about preserving the environment and tackling climate change.