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Councillors' DetailsTue, 12th November 2019

Councillors' Details



Councillor
Telephone: 01983 855406
Email: brian.lucas@ventnortowncouncil.org.uk
Address: Spring Vale
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’ community involvement in the place where they live. As an active hands-on Vice Chairman of the Bonchurch Community Association 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 853292
Email: delian.backhouse-fry@ventnortowncouncil.org.uk
Address: Half Moon Cottage
Old Park Road
St LawrencePO38 1XR
Committees:
Ward: St Lawrence
I was born and bred in Ventnor. My earliest memories are playing on the beach at Steephill, where my grandmother lived. I attended Sandown Grammar School, and left to study art in Portsmouth and London. I worked in theatre and the West End and then the BBC. I 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 freelance 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 Schools 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 the fantastic and unique town we have here on the edge of the ocean.
Register of Interests: Interests_8293.pdf


Mayor
Telephone: 01983 855991
Email: stewart.blackmore@ventnortowncouncil.org.uk
Address: 4 Blendworth Terrace
Ventnor
Isle of Wight PO38 1NF
Committees:
Ward: Ventnor East
I represent Ventnor East for the Town Council 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 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: 01983 854366
Email: ian.bond@ventnortowncouncil.org.uk
Address: 26 Alpine Road
Ventnor
Isle of Wight
PO38 1BU
Committees: Planning
Ward: Ventnor East
Ian joined the Town Council in May 2018, having previously served as a councillor in London. He has visited the island regularly since childhood, and moved here permanently after working in industry (operations and HR) for nearly thirty years. He is a strong believer in openness and transparency, and looks forward to working with fellow councillors to progress the council's strategy, building upon the town's strengths as a unique and very special place to live.
Register of Interests: Interests_9018.pdf


Councillor
Telephone: 07711 802097
Email: stephen.cockett@ventnortowncouncil.org.uk
Address: Laconia
Old Park Road
Ventnor
Isle of Wight
PO38 1XU
Committees: Planning
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 many of my fellow residents during my tenure - be that on the doorstep, 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:
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 they 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


Councillor
Telephone: 07507 887023
Email: jamie.macaulay@ventnortowncouncil.org.uk
Address: Broadview
Belgrave Road
Ventnor
PO38 1JD
Committees:
Ward: Ventnor West
Yet another Scot I'm afraid. I moved to England in 1975 and have lived in Yorkshire, London and the Island. My wife Jo is an island girl, we met in London in the late eighties and were married in 1990. Three children later we finally moved to the island in 2000. Both of our daughters studied on the mainland and returned to Ventnor to live and work. Our son is currently in Southampton.

I am a specialist in Digital Learning and act as a consultant to large companies and government departments, advising on strategic plans and projects. I used some of this background to establish a two-year project in Ventnor - creating an internet café with training facilities for disadvantaged groups, teaching basic digital skills. I was co-founder of The Ventnor Guitar Club ten years ago and recently helped with the Ventnor Piano Fund. Both my wife and I help out with Dementia charities.

I have the honour to represent Ventnor West ward and will do my level best to represent the interests of my residents.
Register of Interests: Interests_1099.pdf


Councillor
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


Councillor
Telephone: 07823 881120
Email: james.toogood@ventnortowncouncil.org.uk
Address: Royal Vista
Belgrave Road
Ventnor
PO38 1JH
Committees:
Ward: Ventnor West
James Toogood re-joined Ventnor Town Council in October 2019, following a short break, having previously been a member for 8 years. James wanted 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 restoration 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:


Councillor
Telephone:
Email: colm.watling@ventnortowncouncil.org.uk
Address: 28B Madeira Rd
Ventnor
Isle of Wight
PO38 1HW
Committees:
Ward: Lowtherville
I grew up on the island (my father had a Pharmacy in Ryde), only leaving at 17 to start an engineering training scheme with the Ministry of Defence. When the opportunity arose to return to the island 30 something years later, my partner Judith and I leapt at the chance and without hesitation chose Ventnor - who would live anywhere else?

I've worked in engineering, the University sector and most recently in the governments innovation agency InnovateUK, working with colleagues in from treasury, BEIS and local government. I hope I've picked up a few skills along the way that will prove useful in working with the councils partner organisations, both those closest to us and more distant.

My partner Judith has opened a fitness business in the town, working lately from Ventnor Fitness Studio.

I'm looking forward to doing my bit towards making Ventnor an even better place to live.
Register of Interests: Interests_6236.pdf