Members for Stephen's Castle Ward

Alan Biggs, Lindsey Dedden, Simon Gibson, Pat Morrow - Mayor, Matthew Parker & Bridie Salmon

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.



Register of interests
Pecuniary interests as required by the Localism Act 2011
Mr A Biggs.pdf
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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.

Register of interests
Pecuniary interests as required by the Localism Act 2011
Mrs L Dedden.pdf
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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 Dorset Council.

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.

Register of interests
Pecuniary interests as required by the Localism Act 2011
Mr S Gibson.pdf
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Pat Morrow - Mayor

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

Register of interests
Pecuniary interests as required by the Localism Act 2011
Mrs P Morrow.pdf
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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.

Register of interests
Pecuniary interests as required by the Localism Act 2011
Mr M Parker Register of Interests .pdf
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Bridie Salmon


I grew up in Woodlands and moved to Verwood in 2012, I am a single parent with one son who goes to a local school. I have a background in catering and have worked at many of the local pubs. Recently I have completed a degree in Physics and am about to begin a career in education.

Register of interests
Pecuniary interests as required by the Localism Act 2011
Miss B Salmon.pdf
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