Councillors and Staff

If you wish to get in touch with an individual Councillor please contact them via this link to email the Parish Clerk on 01590 622829. The Parish Council office is open to the public on Tuesdays from 2pm to 4pm and Wednesdays from 11am to 1pm, other times by arrangement. The Clerk does not work on Fridays so emails and messages are dealt with on the following Monday.

For Councillors' Registers of Interest forms please use this link to the district council register of interest page for Brockenhurst

For details of Councillors' responsibilities and a list of members of each committee, please click this link to the list of Councillors' responsibilities.  

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. Michael is the Chairman of the Nalder Trust Charity which owns four flats in Homeforde House. The flats are let to those who would not otherwise be able to live in the village. 

 

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.

 

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. The whole family used to play
competitive badminton:  Pauline and Mike played for clubs in Brockenhurst and
Christchurch plus coached at Junior level, and their boys played county matches
for Dorset. Now she now derives enormous pleasure from cycling and walking in
and around her beloved New Forest.

 

Michael Harris OBE

Councillor, Parish Council Vice Chairman

Tel. 623375

Michael has advised both high profile individuals and companies involved in the media industries for over thirty years and is an honorary life member of BAFTA (British Academy of Film & Television Arts).  He is an NFDC Councillor and portfolio holder for Economic Development and was instrumental in creating Film: New Forest in 2016.

Michael was awarded the OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2020.  This was in recognition of his work with Comic Relief where he was a Trustee and the Treasurer for 30 years.  

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.  

Alan Bartlett

Councillor

Alan joined the Parish Council in September 2020.  He was brought up in the village and went to the primary school.  At the age of fourteen he started working as a Saturday boy at Streets Ironmongers and has been there almost all of his working life.  He bought the business with his brother in 1995 and ran it with the help of their families and their father, Len Bartlett.  He now runs the shop with his wife Alison.  They have two children who have both worked in the shop.

Alan is a keen allotment holder at Black Knoll which the family have had for over twenty years and also enjoys sailing his scow out of Keyhaven. 

Staff

The Council employs the following part-time staff: a Parish Clerk who is responsible for supporting the Council in carrying out its functions and implementing its decisions, an Assistant Clerk & Responsible Financial Officer (RFO) and a Groundsman.