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Councillors' DetailsThu, 21st September 2017

Councillors' Details



Councillor
Telephone: 01983 855406
Email: brian.lucas@ventnortowncouncil.org.uk
Address: Nightingales
Bonchurch Village Road
Ventnor
Isle of Wight PO38 1RG
Committees: Planning
Ward: Bonchurch
Brian Lucas is pleased to be returning to the Town Council, now to represent Bonchurch. Since retiring from a career as a construction surveyor, and living in Bonchurch Village for the last 15 years he is very conscious of the benefits of strengthening peoples’s community involvement in the place where they live. As an active hands-on Vice Chairman of the Bonchurch Community Assocation he is keen to see Bonchurch overcome the several losses of village amenities it has suffered in recent years . Brian is a trustee and project worker of various local charities, and an Associate Governor of Ventnor’s new primary school.
Register of Interests: Interests_5286.pdf


Councillor
Telephone: 01983 853188
Email: ed.gouge@ventnortowncouncil.org.uk
Address: 3 Blendworth Terrace, Ventnor PO38 1NF
Committees:
Ward: Ventnor West
I am very pleased to have been co-opted onto the Town Council for Ventnor West and look forward to helping with the many issues that the Town Council is dealing with such as parking, tourism, economic development, Salisbury Gardens and the Winter Gardens. I have trained as a town planner and have been a Councillor in London and Kent before working as a politics lecturer at the University of Leeds. I now live in Ventnor with my wife Mary and son Elliott. I look forward to being in contact with Ventnor people to find out the issues that they are concerned with. I am interested in local history and in making the historical heritage of Ventnor accessible to local people
Register of Interests: Interests_4025.pdf


Councillor
Telephone: 01983 853292
Email: delian.backhouse-fry@ventnortowncouncil.org.uk
Address: Half Moon Cottage
Old Park Road
St LawrencePO38 1XR
Committees:
Ward: St Lawrence
Born and bred in Ventnor. Earliest memories?, playing on the beach at Steephill, where my grandmother lived. Attended Sandown Grammar School, and left to study art in Portsmouth and London. Worked in Theatre and West End and then the BBC. Moved to the USA, lived and worked in Atlanta, Washington DC, San Francisco, and finally Dallas. My three children were born in San Francisco, and i worked for WSB, Georgia and NPR San Francisco in television and as a free lance artist.
We returned to the Island in the late 80’s, to Bonchurch, where the children attended school. my husband David Fry, died in 1994. I returned to Southampton University and completed an Honours degree in Archaeology, and an MSc in Museum Science and Heritage. I have worked in Museums and education , but my real interest is in Archaeology of the Prehistoric and Early Hominids. I have lectured in Archaeology and also lead the IWNHAS Archaeology section. I have been a School Governor in Primary Middle and High School on the Island, and continue to be actively involved in the study of archaeology in Wessex. This year we have commenced a three year Project study of the Old Abbey at Quarr, including a three week Excavation. I still paint and am now involved in the next generation of Island children in our family.
I see a real need in Ventnor for children and young people to reach their potential. Too many slip through the net and then have unhappy and unsatisfactory lives. I also see a lack of interest in our environment and culture, which should flourish in such a rich and diverse world such as the Undercliff. The great changes in world climate and the inevitable effects on us, even here, should be at the forefront of the future of a fantastic and unique town we have here on the edge of the ocean.
Register of Interests: Interests_8293.pdf


Councillor
Telephone: 01983 855991
Email: stewart.blackmore@ventnortowncouncil.org.uk
Address: 4 Blendworth Terrace
Ventnor
Isle of Wight PO38 1NF
Committees:
Ward: Ventnor West
I was elected to represent Ventnor West at the recent election and it will be my proud duty to represent all of the residents in my ward.

Originally from Scotland, I have lived in Ventnor for 30 years with my wife Margaret who is a Senior Care Manager. We have two kids, Robert and Nicola.

I am a Hospitality professional, having previously managed hotels on the Island and on the mainland and, before taking up my present position as manager of the local golf club, I was a Senior Lecturer in Hospitality Management at East Sussex College.

I am a Vice President of Ventnor Rugby Club and am Chairman of Ventnor Royal British Legion.
Register of Interests: Interests_4095.pdf


Councillor
Telephone: 07711 802097
Email: stephen.cockett@ventnortowncouncil.org.uk
Address: Laconia
Old Park Road
Ventnor
Isle of Wight
PO38 1XU
Committees:
Ward: St Lawrence
I am Island raised and have recently returned with my family following 14 years on the continent.
As for my career; I worked in aviation, initially as an engineer and latterly as a project manager. Now I am principally a family man and therefore able to dedicate a decent amount of time to upcoming town council duties.
I am looking forward to making a positive contribution to Ventnor, my main concerns are environmental and community issues but overall my interests are wide and varied.
I am very happy to be living in St Lawrence and I hope to meet the many of my fellow residents during my tenure - be that on the door step, walking the footpaths or perhaps you’ll see me on my push bike going to and from the town.
Register of Interests: Interests_9947.pdf


Councillor
Telephone: 01983 857360
Email: leigh.geddes@ventnortowncouncil.org.uk
Address: 20 North Street
Ventnor
Isle of Wight PO38 1NJ
Committees:
Ward: St Lawrence
I have lived in Ventnor and Bonchurch for most of my life, and its balmy climate and alarming geology are dear to me.

I know that what benefits the town as a whole also benefits every person who lives, works or visits here, so it is a treat to be working with energetic and committed councillors who want to make the most of every possibility, so that Ventnor enjoys a future that we can all be proud of.
Register of Interests: Interests_4526.pdf


Councillor
Telephone: 07802 292481
Email: billy.hill@ventnortowncouncil.org.uk
Address: 2 Hardwicke, St Boniface Road, Ventnor, Isle of Wight, PO38 1PN
Committees:
Ward: Lowtherville
Billy has lived in Ventnor since 2015 and has lived on the Isle of Wight since a very young age having moved from Wimbledon around 20 years ago. Billy currently balances work with his degree studies in Business and ICT. Having previously worked in local authority as an administrator Billy understands how local authorities are managed and organised. Billy would like use this experience to provide another viewpoint on the Town Council. As someone who comes from a family of teachers Billy strongly believe everyone should have an opportunity to learn and succeed, this is something Billy wishes to promote and support during his Town Council tenure.

During his spare time Billy closely follows local and national politics and takes up non fictional reading and cooking as pastimes. Billy is also happy to be contacted via the above contact details and is always happy to hear from residents.
Register of Interests: Interests_2783.pdf


Councillor
Telephone:
Email: dave.logan@ventnortowncouncil.org.uk
Address:
Committees:
Ward: Ventnor East
Dave has lived on the Isle of Wight for the past 8 years and manages a trade union funded learning centre, helping adults attain qualifications in Maths, English and Computing as well as providing employability skills and awareness sessions on ADHD and Autism. Dave has taken this learning out into the community and has a weekly drop in learning session which is held at Ventnor Town Council. Through this work Dave believes that if you make services available locally to people then there are much more likely to engage with them
Prior to moving to the Isle of Wight, Dave worked in IT supporting automated systems. Dave was also a team official for the Wightlink Raiders, a trustee for the mental health charity Wightfutures, and has recently taken on the role of Trustee for the Pan Together project.
Register of Interests: Interests_2664.pdf


Mayor
Telephone: 01983 856102
Email: jason.mack@ventnortowncouncil.org.uk
Address: St Martins Lodge, Lowtherville Road, Ventnor PO38 1AR
Committees:
Ward: Lowtherville
Jason was elected to Lowtherville ward in September 2010. He has lead responsibility for Infrastructure and continues the quest for appropriate 'growing sites` within the town and its boundaries. Jason is also a Parent Foundation Governor for St Francis Primary School. He can be contacted by any of the means above or you can stop him in the street; either way, he is always willing to hear from people or organisations that can take Ventnor forward.
Register of Interests: Interests_6143.pdf


Deputy Mayor
Telephone: 07712 352912
Email: tony.marvin@ventnortowncounci.org.uk
Address: Delamere
Bellevue Road
Ventnor
Isle of Wight PO38 1DB
Committees: Planning
Ward: Ventnor East
I come from a long established Island family that has a 100-year association with our town. I like to say that Great-Grandfather Marvin came to Ventnor from “oop North”…Ryde! The Marvins have been prominent in business and political life in Cowes and Ryde.

On leaving school, I joined the Regular Army, staying for ten years and then started a business career as a management consultant, working with major British companies such as BP, Unilever, Barclays and also with the government — including the Department for Work & Pensions and the Immigration & Nationality Department.

In 2003 I returned to live in Ventnor and kept myself busy working in B&Q and as a lay (non-elected) member of the then Isle of Wight Council’s Scrutiny Committee. As a keen cyclist I have also worked as a cycling instructor in schools on the Island.

Though leaving the Regular Army in 1982 seemed like a long time ago, I had not forgotten that my name was somewhere on the Reserve List. But I was still surprised in 2007, at the age of 53, to be invited to serve my country again. I have since completed three tours of Afghanistan, returning most recently in November 2011.

We are all very fortunate to live here in Bonchurch, Ventnor, St Lawrence sheltered under the “cliff”. There are many issues that need to be grappled with to make it an even better place to live and this is where I hope to make a difference.
Register of Interests: Interests_2545.pdf


Councillor
Telephone: 07823 881120
Email: james.toogood@ventnortowncouncil.org.uk
Address: Royal Vista, Belgrave Road, Ventnor, Isle of Wight, PO38 1JH
Committees: Planning
Ward: Ventnor West
James Toogood joined Ventnor Town Council in October 2010 wanting to be part of a team that provides the best services possible to the Town and ensuring value for money. A native Islander, James brings qualified talents as a businessman with practical knowledge and ability in the building trade. His renovation and restoring experience makes him ideal in judging the merits or otherwise of developments in the town. He believes in openness and working with the electorate, encouraging them to take a full part in the town's future.
Register of Interests: Interests_8187.pdf