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 or 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.  Councillors are also available in the office on a Monday, Friday and Saturday between 11am - 1pm. 

All staff are employed on a part-time basis and therefore replies will not be immediate.

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 on this link.


John Korbey

Councillor, Planning Committee Chairman


 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 now lives at the south end of the parish at  Wootton, down a gravel road and  takes an active interest in the outer reaches of the Parish.


Pete Wales

Councillor - Parish Council Chairman

Tel. 07786 447587

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


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 - Vice Chairman

Tel. 01590 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.  

Michael Harris OBE


Tel. 623375

 Michael has lived in the New Forest for 20 years. He was the New Forest District Councillor representing Brockenhurst for 12 years (2011-2023). During this time he was instrumental in creating Film: New Forest amongst other initiatives.

He is now very nearly retired from running his own consultancy business providing strategic and financial advice to high profile companies and individuals in the media sector. He has been doing this for over 40 years.

Michael was a Trustee and the Treasurer of Comic Relief for over 30 years. In recognition of this he was awarded the OBE in the 2020 Queen's Birthday Honours. Michael was also a Trustee and the Treasurer of BAFTA (British Academy of Film & Television Arts) for 12 years. In recognition of this he was awarded Honorary Lifetime Membership of the Academy.

His charitable work continues in the New Forest. He is a Trustee and the Treasurer of both the New Forest Agricultural Show Society in Brockenhurst and the New Forest Heritage Centre in Lyndhurst.

He very much enjoys travelling particularly to visit his 4 granddaughters in Australia and the UK.

Rosamund Bowles


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


Tel. 622292

John is a retired broadcast transmission specialist.  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 delivering  UK TV and Radio systems. He led the design and implementation of many national and local radio projects including the building of the UK (DAB) digital radio networks and he played a large part in the digital switchover of the TV transmitter network

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

John is married to Liz, a retired Senior Operations Manager in both the NHS and private health services. He has lived in Brockenhurst since the mid '80's and has  two daughters who attended Brockenhurst Primary School, Highcliffe School and Brockenhurst College before going to university.  

Alan Bartlett


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. 

Paul Pearse


07767 322011

Paul and Camilla married in Brockenhurst in 1988 at St Nicholas Church. They then lived the majority of their married life in South West London, bringing up their 3 children (Ben, Abbie & Tom). Born in Liverpool Paul has spent his career in IT mainly around global IT Project Management roles, with his last 2 years setting up an IT hub in India. Taking early retirement Paul & Milla moved to live in Brockenhurst, upgraded their sailing boat and circumnavigated the UK over 4 months in 2018. Paul enjoys running, cycling, walking and of course sailing. He is now involved in a number of voluntary roles in the village.

Peter Hollins


07740 464864

Having studied chemistry at Oxford, Peter Hollins took a series of management roles in the chemical industry in the UK followed by
almost ten years in the Hague and Brussels. He returned to the UK in 1998 as Chief Executive of a FTSE 100 energy company. After his decision to make a complete career change, he spent almost a decade as the Chief Executive of the British Heart Foundation which raises the majority of the money invested in the UK on cardiovascular research. From 2016-22 he was Chair of University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. In 1973 he and his wife Linda had a two-day honeymoon in Brockenhurst and have lived here permanently since 2003. 

Richard Wolstenholme


Richard has traded in the village for over 25 years, initially at 'Antiquiteas' (Antiques & Tearooms) and for the past 15 years at 'Pot Pourri' (Cards & Gifts).An active member of the Business Association throughout his time in Brockenhurst, he is determined that the village should remain a proper 'trading village' - with a wide array of shop types and not decline as we see so many High Streets do these days.


The Council employs the following staff:

Heather Lawrence, Parish Clerk (part-time), who is responsible for supporting the Council in carrying out its functions and implementing its decisions,

Tiffany Pritchard, Assistant Clerk & Responsible Financial Officer (RFO) (part-time). Email:

Celia Jowett, Assistant Clerk (part-time). Email:

Ray Ridout and Luke Chambers part-time Groundsmen.

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