The Council consists of 9 members, of whom 8 represent Rowlands Castle Ward, and one represents Finchdean Ward. They are all unpaid, volunteer councillors whose task it is to work together to serve the interests of the Parish, bring local issues to the attention of Council, and help it make decisions on behalf of the local community. All councillors have a duty to abide by the Council’s Code of Conduct, adopted on 3 July 2017.
Ordinary elections for Council membership take place every 4 years. The Council may choose someone to fill a vacancy if an insufficient number of candidates is proposed for election. If a vacancy occurs between elections (eg if a member resigns), the Council must ascertain whether electors want an election to fill it (a by-election); if not, the Council can co-opt a suitable candidate instead.
At the Annual Meeting of the Council each May, members elect one of their number to act as Chair for the forthcoming year. In addition, Council may elect a Vice-Chair, agree which members will serve on Council’s committee(s), act as bank account signatories etc.
All councillors are required to complete a Register of Interest form upon election/co-option, which is reviewed annually. These forms are published by East Hants District Council and can be viewed at Members’ Register of Interests.
Residents are encouraged to contact individual parish councillors on the matters on which they lead, both in terms of topic and geographical areas of the Parish. These are listed in their entries below, and may be subject to change.
Member of Staffing & Remuneration Committee, and RCPC Representative on the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group and Parish Hall Management Committee.
LEADS ON: The Parish Hall and Environment AND The Green, Bowes Hill and Wellsworth Lane Area
I was originally co-opted to the Council in May 2018 then elected in May 2019. I have lived in Rowlands Castle since September 2016. Prior to my retirement, I spent my working life in Newcastle, Cardiff and London, in HR roles in medical education and NHS Mental Health Trusts. I enjoy walking with my dog and spending time with my family. My interest in astronomy had led to me becoming a member of Hants Astro and I also enjoy music, having been an amateur orchestral player for many years.
T: 07888 721040
Member of Staffing & Remuneration Committee
LEADS ON: Flooding AND Finchdean Rd, Woodberry Lane & Comley Hill
I was co-opted onto the Council in April 2020, having lived in Rowlands Castle since November 2006. Prior to my retirement a few years ago, I was a practising chartered surveyor. I worked in London and across Europe as both a sole practitioner and also for various global companies, specialising in retail property strategy amongst other things. I have several grandchildren with whom I love to spend time (and their parents). I am a keen photographer and enjoy long country walks. I also like to travel and am busy ticking off places on my bucket list.
T: 07778 474610
Member of Staffing & Remuneration Committee, RCPC Representative on the Parish Hall Management Committee and one of 3 Nominated RCPC Bank Account Signatories
LEADS ON: The Parish Hall AND Durrants Rd, Whichers Gate Rd and Montague Green Development
I was co-opted onto the Council in August 2019. I served in the Army for 19 years before becoming the Bursar at 2 schools then the Finance Director of a publishing house. I retired in 2018 having also been a governor of a school in East London for 5 years. I am still a trustee and clerk to the Board of Trustees of another School Foundation. I am a volunteer for Stansted House Light Railway and enjoy playing croquet and badminton as well as music of many different genres.
T: 02392 412795
LEADS ON: Environment AND Redhill Rd, Deerleap Lane and Bailey Rd
I was co-opted onto the Council in October 2020, having moved to the village in the March and wanting to contribute to this special community. During my working life, I was responsible for the Neurology Nurse Service for Portsmouth & South East Hampshire, then lead Multiple Sclerosis specialist nurse for the Wessex Region and also National Adviser for an MS Charity. I am also a qualified counsellor and currently chair a Group of international experts developing a global nurse education programme. Having studied fine art many years ago, I now enjoy combining my experience in my role as art facilitator for a local charity, providing art on prescription for those with poor mental health and/or difficulties due to chronic health problems. I also love walking, swimming, gardening and bird-watching but most of all people.
T: 02392 174009
LEADS ON: TBC
Finance Reviewer and Member of Recreation Ground Working Group
LEADS ON: Recreation Ground AND The Green
I moved to Rowlands Castle in March 2021 and was co-opted onto the Council in April the same year. Previously, I’d lived in Waterlooville for 20 years. I served in the Royal and Oman Navy before a career in the fire safety industry with many international placements including Taiwan and the UAE. I currently hold the role as Chief Executive of the Fire Industry Association (FIA), Europe’s largest such organisation. I am a serving Magistrate in Portsmouth and was recently the Chair of the Board of Trustees of a children’s cancer charity. I am a keen (but very average) golfer at Rowland’s Castle Golf Club, a grandfather and sailor in my spare time.
T: 07989 386807
LEADS ON: Flooding AND Finchdean, The Idsworths and surrounding areas
I was co-opted onto the Council in February 2021, having moved to Finchdean a year or so ago and learning there were a number of issues of particular interest locally. Before recently retiring, I spent 30 years working in the NHS, 20 of them as a consultant in emergency surgery and medicine. During that time, I participated in and sometimes led various committees, and so understand the value of teamwork. My interests include fishing, gardening and boat-building.
T: 02392 178449
Chair of the Council, Finance Reviewer and one of 3 Nominated Bank Account Signatories
LEADS ON: Havant Reservoir, Transport Matters AND Area including and between Manor Lodge Rd and Castle Rd
I was co-opted to the Council in July 2015, and then elected in May 2019. I served as a Royal Navy warfare officer for 34 years, and then, as a civil servant, at the Defence Science & Technology Laboratory until I retired in September 2015. My wife and I moved to Rowlands Castle in 2009, having spent many years walking in the local area. Prior to that, we lived in Denvilles on the east side of Havant where I spent 14 years on the Warblington & Denvilles Residents Association Committee fulfilling various roles.
T: 02392 412340
RCPC Representative on the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group, the Recreation Ground Management Committee and the Parish Hall Management Committee, and one of 3 nominated Bank Account Signatories
LEADS ON: Planning incl Land East of Horndean Development AND College Close & The Drift
I was elected to the Council in May 2011, and again in May 2015 and May 2019. I have lived in the Parish since 1982. I have now retired, after working for a large multi-national IT services company for 36 years. I am also a Governor of St. John’s CEC Primary School in Rowlands Castle. I enjoy taking walks around the beautiful countryside in this area, including the Stansted Estate, and I represent the Parish Council on the Friends of Stansted Park Committee.
T: 02392 412405