Members for Dewlands South Ward

Natalie Austin, Lucy Clark, Toni Coombs, Spencer Flower, Sandra Grove, Stuart Hazel, Philip Mann, Kate Stephens

Natalie Austin

I have lived in Verwood since December 2014 having moved here with my partner, Luke, a doctor at Poole Hospital. We instantly found Verwood to be an extremely warm and friendly community. We were thrilled to welcome our first child, a daughter into the world in January 2016.


I work for a European-wide vending services company as a Human Resources Manager based in Hampshire. I graduated from the University of Southampton in 2005 with a first class honours degree in Politics and went on to study a Masters degree in Social Statistics at the same university. I have also taught Politics and Citizenship to A level students.


I am really forward to working with, and becoming further involved in, our community.

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Lucy Clark

Born in Castle Cary, Somerset, in 1939, I was brought up in Bournemouth.  After completing a two year Secretarial Course at Bournemouth College, I went off to London and spent three years working for The Times newspaper.  I then spent some years in Canada working in Toronto and Vancouver before returning and becoming PA to the Head of the F. English Group which included Maranello, the Ferrari importers.  I then married John and we lived in Bexleyheath for many years.  I worked in Dartford for Glaxo, the pharmaceutical company, in the Quality Assurance Division dealing with administration.

We retired and moved to Verwood in 2000 where I soon got involved with local issues, in particular the pathway from the new Potters Wheel car park into Manor Road.  I was a Governor at Hillside Community First School for nine years.

I was elected to the District Council in 2003 and re-elected in 2007 and 2011.  I was elected to the Town Council in 2007 and again in 2011.  I am the EDDC representative on Verwood Age Concern, the Heritage Centre and the Youth Centre.  I am now the Verwood Town Council Representative on the Verwood Community Association.

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Toni Coombs

Born 1960 Christhcurch, New Zealand Family returned to the UK in 1966 following two years in South Africa.

Education: Tonbridge Grammar School for Girls

Qualifications: BTEC Medical Physics and Physiological Measurement, trained at Guys Hospital

Moved to Verwood in 1991, two grown up children

Elected to Town Council May 1999
Elected to East Dorset District Council May 1999
Elected to Dorset County Council June 200l

Governor of Emmanuel Middle School

Contact: Telephone/Fax: 01202 827376
                Address: c/o Council Offices, Vicarage Road, Verwood BH31 6DW
Hobbies: Computing, Scrabble and Interior Design. Member of Mensa 

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Spencer Flower

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 County Council, a Member of East Dorset District Council and a Member of the Dorset Fire Authority.

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Sandra Grove

I was born in Hayes in 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 a village, and have seen it grow into the town it is today, making many friends within the community.

I took advantage of the excellent Adult Education system as soon as we moved here and passed City and Guilds in IT and Computer Studies at Ferndown.

Since moving to Verwood I have owned my own Restaurant in Ringwood and now work as a Dental Receptionist for a local dentist.

I am treasurer of the Verwood and Three Legged Cross Town Twinning Association and do voluntary work at the Heritage Centre.

My interests are travelling, gardening, cooking and entertaining.

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Stuart Hazel

A retired Police officer born in Malta in 1959 to a naval family.

Returned to the UK in 1962, and was educated in Hampshire Dorset and Cornwall.

Moved to Verwood in 2004, has 3 young children all of whom are or have been schooled in Verwood.

Has since.2010 been a trustee director of the Verwood Hub, also a committee member of the Verwood Pantomime Society

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Philip Mann


I moved to idyllic Verwood after successful career as a procurement executive for a large company in the mail order industry. This was followed in a senior position within a leading Home enhancement retail company. As a mail order executive I bought fashion clothing for women and men and later ran import supply chain operations with a team of co-ordinators for both companies. My job took me on many overseas business trips to numerous countries gaining 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. My last role covered operational, tactical and strategic responsibilities and in 2014 I was asked to be a judge for the Global Freight Awards panel.


My ambition is to listen and serve the community, to not only maintain but enhance Verwood as a great place to live for all.

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Kate Stephens


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 6 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.


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Verwood Town Council

Council Offices
Vicarage Road  
Dorset BH31 6DR


Tel: 01202 820880
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Next council meetings

Full Council -29th March 2017 Village Hall, Three Legged Cross

Plans Consultative Committee - 22nd March 2017 at the Town Council Offices