Councillors – North Ward

Cllr Daniel James

I have lived in Freshwater since 1999, having married in to a local family, and we have raised our son here. I am a partner in the town planning consultancy Plan Research, working on developments for housing, small business and education in my day job.

Some years ago I organised a collection of bicycles for export to Africa at the old ambulance station in Queens Road, and have been an active community volunteer ever since.

Committees

  • Planning
  • Finance Chair
  • Skate Park/MUGA
  • Personnel

Other Committees/Organisations

  • Yarmouth Harbour Commissioners Advisory Committee
  • United Charities Trust

Email  |  Register of Interests

Cllr Brenda Hobbs

Born in Hertfordshire. I am a widow with a son and a daughter and a grandchild. I moved to Island with my husband in 1963 and have lived in Wellow, Ryde, Newport, and since 1975 in Freshwater.

Freshwater Parish Councillor since 1987.  PI live in the Parish, love the area, and therefore wish to be involved in all aspects affecting Freshwater.

Currently serve on Golden Hill and United Charities. West Wight Sports Centre supporter, from swimming at Brambles onwards to the building of the West Wight Pool and involvement in development of the West Wight Sports Centre. Founder member of Friends of Freshwater Library. Founder member of the now closed Freshwater Community Initiative.

Committees

  • Planning
  • Skate Park and MUGA
  • Community Resilience (including Yarmouth Harbour Sea Defences)

Other Committees/Organisations

  • Memorial Hall Arts and Leisure Co

Email   |   Register of Interests

Cllr Emma Cox – Chair

I moved to the Isle of Wight in December 2013, having been a visitor since 1986.

I have been predominantly a ‘stay at home’ mum, due to having children with medical issues.  I enjoy reading, swimming and gardening.

I believe that the way forward is to develop our local communities and protect and conserve our social structures.

Feel free to approach me in the village if you would like to discuss any local issues.

Freshwater Parish Council Chair

Other Committees/Organisation

  • Isle of Wight Association of Local Councils

Email | Register of Interest

 

Councillors – South Ward

Cllr Anne Bamford

Cllr Anne Bamford

Studied at two colleges in London between 1971-1976. I became a teacher and taught English, drama and music in 11-18 secondary schools in London, Hertfordshire, Dudley and Stafford until moving to the Isle of Wight in June 1998. I worked in a couple of high schools before settling down at Lake Middle School, where I spent the last 11 years teaching KS3. With the closure of middle schools I took early retirement after teaching for 35 years.

With my interest in the local community I became a Freshwater Parish Councillor in May 2014. My interests are reading, music, theatre, films and pottering around in my garden.

Committees

  • Planning
  • Finance
  • Land Management
  • Skate Park and MUGA
  • Library
  • Personnel

Other Committees/Organisations

  • Isle of Wight Association of Local Councils
  • Memorial Hall Arts and Leisure Co.

Email   |   Register of Interests

Cllr Carol Bray

I was born at Norton and have lived in Freshwater all my life, except for two short periods when I  was desperate to get back home. I lived all my childhood in the Red Lion Inn and attended All Saints Primary School and WWSM followed by a secretarial course at IW Technical College. Tony and I married in 1973 and have three children. I had twelve years as Secretary of the Memorial Hall and I then worked with Tony in our family business making furniture, until we retired.

I am very committed to our primary  school and I have been a governor there for three years. I want to see our local children be the best they can be. When not walking around the village you will find me bowling, as it is a great sport.

Committees

  • Finance
  • Planning
  • Land Management Chair
  • Skate Park and MUGA
  • Boat Park

Email   |  Register of Interests

Cllr Warren Whyte – Vice Chair

I am an architect and automotive bookseller and is based in heart of Freshwater where he owns the Flaneur book and model shop on Avenue Road. In my architecture work I specialise in ecclesiastical projects and is a Quinquennial Inspector and architect for a number of churches in the Diocese of Portsmouth area, including here on the island.

I am originally from Canada but during my peripatetic career I have lived in East London, Buckinghamshire and more recently in Freshwater. In my spare time I am an advocate in sustainable transport and architecture and has spoken at a number of events and conferences on the topic.

Freshwater Parish Council Vice Chair

Committees

  • Library – Chair
  • Planning

Other Committees/Organisations

Representative on Isle of Wight Association of Local Councils (IWALC)

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Cllr Natalie Thomas

I have lived on the island since 2013 and immediately fell in love with Freshwater, realising the Island was the perfect place to raise my beautiful young daughter. Up until Mid 2020, I worked in and around care, and I am experienced in a wide all types of care, from mental health to the Elderly.

I am an Ambassador for WAVE and the 70/30 campaign, which focuses primarily on prevention of Adverse Childhood Experiences.

Committees

  • Finance – Chair
  • Planning
  • Community Resilience (including Yarmouth Sea Defence)

Other Committees/Organisations

  • United Charities Trust

EmailRegister of Interests

Dr Brian Hinton MBE

I am a widely published author, from poetry to the Isle of Wight Rock Festivals to the 19C Freshwater Circle. I wrote the section on Culture in the newly published Isle of Wight Book and am executive chairman at Dimbola, having helped save the house from demolition.

My aims as a councillor are saving our local heritage, and enhancing facilities for local people.

Committees

  • Planning
  • Library

Other Committees/Organisations

  • Memorial Hall Arts & Leisure Co

Email  | Register of Interests

Tony Armstrong

Committees

  • Planning
  • Boat Park – Vice Chair
  • Community Resilience

Email  | Register of Interests

 

 

 

Cllr Gill Kennett MBE

I have been fortunate to have lived in Freshwater most of my life, my father having been born here.  I have been a Parish Councillor in Freshwater since 2000 and very much enjoy being part of this community.  My background is that I worked for the NHS on the Island for 38 years as a nurse and a midwife and retired in 2016.  This has given me a bit more time to spend working with the Parish Council, being part of several community groups and generally enjoying living here.

Committees

  • Planning
  • Land Management
  • Boat Park Chair
  • Personnel

Email | Register of Interests

Cllr Dominic Hicklin

After a career ranging from charities to crewing tall ships to finance  I started writing software to escape the cramped streets of London.

Having come here on Holiday as a child and nearly every weekend to see friends after University I fell in love with the place and moved here; moving to Freshwater 17 years ago.  I spent time in other parts of the Island, staying with friends, but I always gravitated back to the open spaces and the warm welcome of the West Wight.

As a Parish Councillor I am hoping to represent the views of the community I live in and help them be heard.

Committees

  • Planning – Chair
  • Skate Park and MUGA Chair

Email | Register of Interests

Councillors – Freshwater & Colwell Ward

Cllr Chris Jarman JP

Having spent a lifetime around the world inventing and developing consumer technologies, my family and I relocated to the West Wight in 2004. I had visited since the age of 5 and with relatives then at Middleton, Ventnor, Bembridge, Cowes and many points between. 

We undertook the marathon restoration of our home and launched into a host of charitable works as we have supported all our lives. The annual Spring Fete at our home for the Wessex Cancer Trust, support for Mountbatten hospice, Daisy Buses to transport patients to mainland hospitals etc all brought us closer to community groups. 

Following my election as the Independent Isle of Wight Councillor for Totland and Colwell in 2021, I joined both the Totland and Freshwater Parish Councils that my ward straddles. Supporting residents and community groups remains the cornerstone of my endeavours but closely followed by protection of our beautiful countryside and fragile environment.

Committees

  • Finance – Vice Chair
  • Personnel
  • Planning

Email   |  Register of Interests

Cllr Frances Turan

I moved to the island over four years ago to be close to my son and his wife in Freshwater. This wonderful village and its close-knit community have made me feel like I am living my best life, prompting me to join the Freshwater Parish Council.

My background includes serving as a Banking Insurance & Finance Union representative, where I secured final salary pension rights for part-time female employees and negotiated better terms for local staff.

I also volunteered as an adult literacy tutor in Hornchurch, Essex, for three years, gaining invaluable experience.

In Tring, Hertfordshire, I spent eighteen years involved in local council issues. Although not a councillor, I addressed community concerns by collecting evidence, canvassing residents, and presenting facts to the council. This led to significant achievements, such as installing traffic lights, removing a noisy rumble strip, and creating a public footpath.

I believe that real change requires a collaborative community and a responsive council. I look forward to working together for a better future.

Committees

  • Planning
  • Library
  • Community Resilience

Email   |  Register of Interests

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