Councillors and Staff

If you wish to get in touch with an individual Councillor please contact them via the Parish Clerk on 01590 622829. The Parish Council office is open to the public on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings 10-12, other times by arrangement. The Clerk does not work on Thursdays and Fridays so emails and messages are dealt with on the following Monday.

For Councillors' Registers of Interest forms please click here

Councillors

Michael Croker

Councillor

Tel. 622035


Michael is a retired central government senior lawyer. Born on the southern fringes of the Forest he attended Brockenhurst College and Southampton University. His career took him away from the area although he did manage to live in Brockenhurst in the 1980s. Returning seven years ago he enjoys walking, gardening, music and history. He is interested in the preservation of the forest and in its unique legal status and how these may be reconciled with the demands of modern life.

 

John Korbey

Councillor, Planning Committee Chairman

Tel. 01425 627746

Married to Caroline, John is a retired farmer and the longest serving Parish Council member. Until he retired his family had farmed at New Park for 125 years. John recently moved to Wootton, from where he now takes an active interest in the outer reaches of the Parish.

 

Harry Oram

Councillor, Amenities & Infrastructure Cttee Chair

Tel. 622500

Harry grew up in Eastleigh, the son of the District Nurse and a railwayman.  He has lived in Brockenhurst since 1989 and recently retired as District Forester with the Forestry Commission where his career had taken him to many locations throughout the country.  Harry lives on a smallholding in Brockenhurst with his wife Karolina and son Mieszko.

 

Pete Wales

Councillor, Parish Council Chairman

Tel. 622514

Pete retired as Chief Executive of New Forest Citizens Advice Bureau having formerly been a Bank Manager.  Married to Vicky, he has two adult sons who were educated locally at Brockenhurst Primary School, Priestlands and Brockenhurst College before going on to University.  Having lived in the village since 1994, Pete has been involved with the village youth as Chair of the Primary School's Parents Association and Secretary of the Scout Group.  Pete is passionate about equality issues, enjoys travel and walks extensively in the Forest.

 

Kevin Whittle

Councillor

Tel. 01425 615381

Kevin represents the Wootton Ward.  He is a local Commoner and landlord. He has lived in the Forest all his life and at his current address for 20 years.  He is married with two children and works locally as an industrial engineer.  He played a large part in restoring the village fire bell a few years ago.

  

Russell Horne

Councillor

Tel. 624389

Russell is married with one son and three grandchildren.  He moved to Brockenhurst in 1996 after retiring from managing a local electronic component business and began participating in village life, joining in various activities including being Chairman of the Horticultural Association for many years and Planning Secretary for the Friends of Brockenhurst.  He continues to be a member of Brockenhurst Keep Fit Club and lists DIY and gardening amongst his hobbies.  Russell has previously served as Chairman of the Parish Council.  

Pauline Mueller

Councillor

Tel. 623129

Pauline was born in Brockenhurst on the site of Meerut B&B which she has run successfully for nine years with her husband Mike.  Her family, the Jenveys, have lived in the area since 1700 and her parents, small-commoners, had over 40 ponies running on the Forest.  After attending Brockenhurst Primary School and later Brockenhurst Grammar School during its transition to a College, she trained as a teacher in London.  Her teaching career spanned 13 years at New Milton Junior School before her two sons were born and a further 22 years at Ashley Junior School.  Both Pauline and her husband played competitive badminton, her sons at County level, and both she and Mike used to coach junior badminton.  She now derives enormous pleasure from cycling and walking in and around her beloved New Forest. 

Michael Harris

Councillor

Tel. 623375

Further information to follow. 

Rosamund Bowles

Councillor

Tel. 622230


Ros has lived or been to school in Brockenhurst for most of her life and went to Brockenhurst Grammar School and then Brockenhurst College.  She has been involved with equestrian activities and New Forest ponies since childhood and was a member of the New Forest Pony Breeding & Cattle Society for many years, winning the award for Best Owner Ridden New Forest Pony in 1970.  She formed part of the successful team riding for the New Forest against the Dutch two years running both in Holland and here in the New Forest. 

She is married to Mike, a career Army Officer, which has meant some tours abroad during which she organised welfare activities for the wives and families.  They have two children who went to Brockenhurst Primary School during which time Ros chaired the Playgroup Committee and Parent and Teachers' Association at the Primary School.  On Mike's posting to Brazil, she worked there for an NGO taking renewable energy to isolated communities in the Amazon.  She also worked as a volunteer for GAP Activity Projects looking after young volunteers based in the country and then ran the Brazil Project for them for three years once back in the UK.  Since her return she has worked for over 14 years as Town Development Officer for New Milton Town Partnership, a local charity, implementing the projects identified in the Town Plan, has coordinated numerous community consultations both for the Town Partnership and New Milton Town Council, and worked as the Project Officer coordinating the Ringwood Town Plan for Ringwood Town Council.  

John Wingham

Councillor

Tel. 622292

John is married to Liz, formally a Senior Operations Manager in both the public and private health services.  Their two daughters attended Brockenhurst Primary School, Highcliffe School and Brockenhurst College before going to university.   They have lived in Hampshire since 1971 and Brockenhurst since 1987. 

John is a retired Telecoms Consultant specialising in radio and television transmission.  He trained at the BBC Engineering College in Evesham and Plymouth Polytechnic and spent a long career as a Technical Project Manager and Programme Manager rolling out TV and Radio systems.  Having taken voluntary redundancy in 2002 he undertook charity work with a parallel organisation to the Prince's Trust helping adults return to work through self-employment.  In 2005 he returned to the broadcast industry and the UK digital switchover of radio and TV transmission where he led the design and implementation of many national projects, retiring for the last time in 2013!

He is keen to see the Village maintain its vibrancy whilst carefully maintaining the traditions and ambience that make it the special place it is.  

Richard Wolstenholme

Councillor

Tel. 01425 275671

Richard grew up in Salisbury and now lives nearby in Hinton.  Initially in banking, he has traded in Brockenhurst for 22 years, initially in antiques for 12 years and for the last ten at Pot Pourri cards and gifts, throughout that time being a leading figure in the Business Association. 

Richard is committed to ensuring the village continues and evolves to offer as wide a range of businesses as possible, footfall being a key to this.  He is involved in animal welfare and rescue and is a self-confessed Francophile.  

Staff

The Council employs a Parish Clerk (Mary Pattison) who is responsible for supporting the Council in carrying out its functions and implementing its decisions, a Planning & Communications Officer, a Groundsman (Kevin Baker) and an Assistant Groundsman.