Members for Stephen's Castle Ward

Alan Biggs, Deputy Mayor Lindsey Dedden, Simon Gibson, Pat Morrow, Matthew Parker, 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

Born Edgware, Middlesex, educated Harrow County Grammar School for Girls and Loughborough University of Technology ( Honours degree in Industrial Chemistry and Management Studies, with Diploma in Industrial Studies). Met husband ,Alan Dedden C Eng. B.Sc. MIEE, MIEEE ,while at Loughborough and married 1974.One son, Ross born 1984.

I have worked in Personnel Management in the public sector and private sector in the UK and in the private sector in Seattle, USA. I studied for IPM (Now IPD) qualifications and am now a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (MCIPD).

Since moving to Verwood in 1985, I have been active in the community in many ways. I served on the committee which produced “Viewpoint” when this was a community magazine, chaired the committee running the St Michael’s Mother and Baby group, and produced the Parish Magazine. I was elected to the Town Council in February 1990 and have chaired the Cemetery, Highways and Transportation and Finance and General Purposes Committees. I represented the Council on East Dorset Citizens’ Advice Bureaux Board from 1990 until 2004. I have also represented the Council on the Verwood Youth Centre Management Committee (currently serving as Vice- Chairman), Dorset Association of Parish and Town Councils(DAPTC) Eastern Area Committee and Larger Councils’ Committee and Verwood Memorial Hall Management Committee. I was elected Chairman of DAPTC in 2008.

From 1995 to 1999, I was one of Verwood and Three Legged Cross Ward’s three District Councillors and during this period served as Vice Chairman of the Environment Committee.

In 1997 I was appointed a Non-Executive Director of the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Trust. I was re-appointed in 2001 and to the new Board when the Trust became the first Foundation Trust in Dorset and Somerset in April 2005 and served until 2009.

In 1996, I was one of 6 people who formed the Forum for Three Legged Cross. I have served as Secretary of the Forum since its inception. As a result of the work of the Forum, I became Chairman of the committee which produces the “Three Cross Herald”. I was also Secretary to the committee organising the Village Appraisal project in Three Legged Cross and from 1999 to 2002 was a regular volunteer at the Youth Club in Three Legged Cross.

In my spare time, I enjoy sled dog rallies as a helper and spectator (Alan, Ross and I  owned Siberian Huskies from1990 until 2008) and fund raise for the Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain Welfare Scheme (for rescue and rehoming). I am also a member of Mensa, National Trust, and Cadw,(Heritage in Wales). My other main hobby is genealogy and Family History and I belong to the Dorset, Berkshire and Sussex Family History Societies as well as the John and Frances West Family group.

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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 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.

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Susan Shaw

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.

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Nicole Thompson

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

Since October 2008, I have been the Chair of the Verwood and Three Legged Cross Town Plan. This role has allowed me to listen to what residents want for Verwood and Three Legged Cross.

My day job is Head of Finance, HR & IT 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.

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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Next council meetings

Full Council - 25th July 2017 at Town Council Offices

Plans Consultative Committee - 26th July 2017 at the Town Council Offices