Members for Dewlands South Ward

Sharmilee Bhose, Toni Coombs, Spencer Flower, Sandra Grove,              Philip Mann - Deputy Mayor, Shelley Rose, Kate Stephens and Mark Thorpe

Sharmilee Bhose


Having lived in Verwood for nearly 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 & a 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 .

Register of Interests
Pecuniary interests as required by the Localism Act 2011
Mrs S Bhose .pdf
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Toni Coombs

Born 1960 Christchurch, 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 

Register of interests
Pecuniary interests as required by the Localism Act 2011
Mrs T Coombs.pdf
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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 Council and Chairman of the Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Authority.

Register of interests
Pecuniary interests as required by the Localism Act 2011
Mr S Flower.pdf
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Sandra Grove

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 granddaughter.

Register of interests
Pecuniary interests as required by the Localism Act 2011
Mrs S Grove.pdf
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Philip Mann - Deputy Mayor


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 fashoin 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 responsibilites.  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.  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.

Register of interests
Pecuniary interests as required by the Localism Act 2011
Mr P Mann.pdf
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Shelley Rose


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.

Register of interests
Pecuniary interests as required by the Localism Act 2011
Cllr Rose Register of Interests.pdf
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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 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.

Register of interests
Pecuniary interests as required by the Localism Act 2011
K Stephens Register of Interests.pdf
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Mark Thorpe


I was born in Tunbridge Wells, Kent but moved down to this area in 1995 whilst working with British Home Stores where I met my wife Gina and we moved from Christchurch to Three Legged Cross in 2000. However for 13 years between 2005 and 2018 I moved to the Middle East to work for some major retail brands firstly in Kuwait and the last 8 years in Bahrain where I was the GM for a Sports Retail Franchise with shops in Bahrain and Qatar. For family reasons I returned to the UK last year (2018) and am delighted to be back home and being able to represent Verwood & Three Legged Cross as a Town Councillor. I now work for the RNLI based in Poole in a commercial role managing the retail sales company which generates commercial profit to support the incredible work that the Charity delivers.

Register of interests
Pecuniary interests as required by the Localism Act 2011
Mr M Thorpe.pdf
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Verwood Town Council

Council Offices
28 Vicarage Road  
Dorset BH31 6DR


Tel: 01202 820880


Email: towncouncil@verwood.


Office Hours: 9am to 1pm

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Full Council Meeting - conference call to be held Tuesday 22nd September 2020 at 7.00pm

Plans Consultative Committee Meeting - conference call to be held Wednesday 23rd September 2020 at 7.00pm



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