Members for Stephen's Castle Ward

Alan Biggs, Lindsey Dedden, Simon Gibson, Pat Morrow, Matthew Parker, Deputy Mayor Susan Shaw & Nicole Thompson

Alan Biggs


I grew up in Staines, Middlesex, had a career in engineering and I did 5 years National Service 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 looking forward to my new role in the Town Council, to represent Stephens Castle Ward and that I may be of help to all residents in the Civil Parish.



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Lindsey Dedden

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 move 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 am 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.

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Matthew Parker

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.

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Simon Gibson

Born in Belfast in 1988, Simon moved to Verwood at the age of 11. Since then he has studied at the local schools and worked in the local Golf Club.

Simon was first elected onto Verwood Town Council in May 2007 and has sat on all the main committees and been part of several working parties including the allotments working party. He is also a member of East Dorset District Council for Stephens Castle Ward.

Simon has a keen interest in Golf, football and current affairs.

He was Verwood Town Council Deputy Mayor for year 2011/12 and Mayor for the year 2012/13.

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Pat Morrow

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 completed an Open University BA degree studying subjects such as Sociology, 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 involved in the following local groups:

Tutor Liason officer U3A, Member of current affairs group U3A. Help organise Community Christmas dinner on Christmas Day for people on their own.

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Susan Shaw (Deputy Mayor)

I was born and educated in Surrey, subsequently moved to Hertfordshire then more locally to Ringwood and to Verwood in 1999 where I quickly became involved in the local community and activities.

In 2010 I was Chairman of the Verwood Ladies Luncheon Club; I am also a member of the Verwood & 3LX Twinning Association and NHW. I have a keen interest in gardening and the countryside.

I am married to Mike with two daughters one who lives in Verwood and one who continues to live in Hertfordshire.

Coming from a successful career of technical sales and marketing in the electronics industry makes me well placed to communicate the views and concerns of local residents on local issues.

I have a strong sense of community and am keen to continue working for the improvement of Verwood for all ages to which end I shall be sitting on the Amenities, Plans Consultative and Finance & General Purpose Committees.


I was Deputy Mayor in 2015/16 and Mayor in 2016/17.  I also volunteer at the Heritage Centre and help run Verwood Community Group for the elderly.

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Nicole Thompson

I have lived in Verwood with my husband since 1998 and have one daughter.

In the past, I was the Chair of the Verwood and Three Legged Cross Town Plan. This role allowed me to listen to what residents want for Verwood and Three Legged Cross and got me interested in being involved in the Town Council.  I applied for co-option to the Town Council in 2011.

My day job is Head of Finance & HR for a software company based in Poole.

As a working mother with a young family, I feel I am able to offer a view point that represents a significant proportion of the population of the town.  This viewpoint means that I am interested in our youth provision for the town and our recreation facilities in particular.

Chartered Management Accountant, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, April 2010
Masters in Business Administration, The Open University, July 2003
BSc (Hons) Computer Science, University of Southampton, June 1996

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Verwood Town Council

Council Offices
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Dorset BH31 6DR


Tel: 01202 820880
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Next council meetings

Full Council Meeting - to be held on 23rd April 2019 at 7.30pm at the Town Council Offices

Notices of Uncontested and Contested Elections
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Mineral Site Consultation Response
A copy of the Town Council's response to the Horton Heath mineral site consultation January 2019
Consultation on minerals site at Horton [...]
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