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.



 Parish Council Election - 2nd May

As there were only eight nominations for Parish Councillors, all eight are elected unopposed.

Consequently there are two vacancies which will be filled by Co-option in due course. 



 For councillors' Registers of Interest forms please click here


Mark Böckle


Tel. 624603

Co-opted Councillor from July 2015

Mark is a Chartered Engineer who runs a small consultancy business. Born in Southampton in 1973, and barring work secondments, has lived in or near to the Forest all his life and attended the University of Southampton for all his degrees. Along with wife, two children and small dog, he moved from Lyndhurst to Brockenhurst in 2010 where his lives in the western part of the village.


Michael Croker

Councillor, Amenities & Infrastructure Cttee Chair

Tel. 622035

Co-opted Councillor from July 2015

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.


Ian Holden


Tel. 623408

Co-opted Councillor from July 2015

Ian is a partner in a solicitor's firm. He started his career in London but also worked in Paris. On returning to the UK he decided to settle in Brockenhurst where he has lived for almost 10 years. Ian is married with three children all of whom attended Brockenhurst Primary School. Ian served as a governor at the school for eight years. Most of Ian's free time is spent ferrying his children to various activities, but he also enjoys gardening and running in the Forest.  


Maureen Holding


Tel. 622780

Maureen has lived in Brockenhurst for 20 years, is married to Alan has three adult children and five grandchildren. She worked as a Business Studies teacher for 20 years. She is interested in the preservation of the Forest and tourism - and getting the right mix between the two. Maureen’s hobbies including gardening and flower arranging. She is a member of the RHS, Brockenhurst Horticultural Society & Flower Clubs. 


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.


Henry Mellor


Tel. 624587

Henry retired to Brockenhurst three years ago with his wife, Anna.  He was born in Croydon, brought up and educated in the West of Scotland where he trained and worked as an Agricultural Chartered Surveyor.  He later re-trained as a Social Worker, initially in Glasgow, then Manchester and finally London where he worked with severely disabled children and their families.  More recently he has been a self employed Makaton Regional Tutor.  His hobbies are walking his dogs, baking, cycling and DIY.


Harry Oram


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


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.


John Wingham

Councillor, Personnel & Resources Cttee Chairman

Tel. 622292

John is a former Telecoms Consultant specialising in broadcast transmission.  He has lived in Hampshire since 1971 and Brockenhurst since 1987.  Married to Liz with two daughters who attended Brockenhurst Primary School, Highcliffe School and Brockenhurst College. He cares passionately about the Forest and seeks to retain its unique character while adapting to the best of the modern world to support our local economy.

Russell Horne


Tel. 624389

Co-opted Councillor from November 2017 

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 a Brockenhurst Parish Councillor and was Chairman for part of this time.  


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