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Councillors' DetailsSat, 16th October 2021

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:
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 peoplesí 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 Ventnorís new primary school.
Register of Interests: Interests_5286.pdf


Councillor
Telephone: 01983 854366
Email: ian.bond@ventnortowncouncil.org.uk
Address: 26 Alpine Road
Ventnor
Isle of Wight
PO38 1BU
Committees: Staffing Committee
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_8389.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 many of my fellow residents during my tenure - be that on the doorstep, walking the footpaths or perhaps youíll see me on my push bike going to and from the town.
Register of Interests: Interests_9947.pdf


Councillor
Telephone: 01983 854910
Email: steve.cooper@ventnortowncouncil.org.uk
Address: Gills Cliff Road
Ventnor
PO38 1AD
Committees: Staffing Committee
Ward: Lowtherville
I am excited to join Ventnor town council and to work with other dedicated councillors. I am committed in caring for our climate and environment and hope that our town can become a beacon example to other island towns on driving down our carbon footprint.
Fiscal prudence while bringing the best possible services to our town is of paramount concern to me, as is listening to the local voice of the community to inform all council decisions. I am a strong believer in openness and ethical leadership and look forward to proactively engaging with local residents to ensure their voice is heard and that we collectively continue to improve our special town.
I have lived in Ventnor for over 20 years now and have been on the island for over 37 years. I have 2 sons who are island born and bred and have served on the Governing body of the former Sandown High School and as a Corporation board member of the Isle of Wight College. In my professional life I am currently a full time National Official for the National Education Union (NEU), providing support and guidance to school and college leaders across 3 of the UK nations. I have served and represented people for nearly 40 years in trade union and other representative roles, always focusing on solutions and never the problem.
I have also worked in the electronics industry, managed health and safety for the Isle of Wight College, together with careers in the jewellery trade and leisure industry.
Register of Interests: Interests_5001.pdf


Councillor
Telephone:
Email: julie.hutchison@ventnortowncouncil.org.uk
Address: 42 Trinity Road
Ventnor
Isle of Wight
PO38 1NS
Committees: Planning Committee
Ward: Ventnor West
Iím a mum, a wife, a carer, a dog owner and an environmental artivist. I have experience in facilitating peoples assemblies and am currently undergoing ongoing training to help me further with these, through Trust The People.
Iím an experienced and qualified trainer. Climate and environment are very important issues to me. Our microclimate and geology make Ventnor uniquely positioned in the effects that worsening climate will have. Growing and preserving food, re-purposing textiles are of great interest to me.
We all have different skills and interests. Not one person has all the answers, but collectively, we do.
Register of Interests: Interests_8815.pdf


Councillor
Telephone: 07870 701652
Email: mark.jefferies@ventnortowncouncil.org.uk
Address: 24 Downlands Crescent
Ventnor
Isle of Wight
PO38 1BE
Committees:
Ward: Ventnor West
Mark is a born and bred, at least 4th generation Ventnorian who has worked in the building trade for most of his working life. He has been involved with many charities and volunteering roles including helping to set up the first diabetes research charity shop in Ventnor. Most recently volunteering for the riverside vaccination centre in Newport.
Register of Interests: Interests_2439.pdf


Councillor
Telephone: 07823 881120
Email: james.toogood@ventnortowncouncil.org.uk
Address: Royal Vista
Belgrave Road
Ventnor
PO38 1JH
Committees: Planning Committee, Staffing Committee
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: Interests_8725.pdf


Councillor
Telephone: 07525 662555
Email: steph.toogood@ventnortowncouncil.org.uk
Address: Royal Vista
Belgrave Road
Ventnor
Isle of Wight
PO38 1JH
Committees: Planning Commitee
Ward: Ventnor West
Steph Toogood is probably best known as a fitness educator specialising in all levels of aquatic exercise. From School she chose to train as an electrical engineer but a complete career change means she now lectures on fitness and wellness globally, having received many awards and was named as one of the top 10 fitness instructors in the UK by the Sunday Times.

Steph mostly focuses on the more mature population and their mobility. She has been advisor and consultant to several organisations and companies, and founded Seaclose Swimming Club with experience as treasurer and secretary to clubís and schoolís PTAs.

Her successful fitness company has trained thousands of instructors throughout the UK over 25 years.

Steph is an Islander and has her family here on the Island (actually traced back to 16th century).
Now as a councillor for Ventnor West she sees herself with a new exciting challenge. She will make herself available to listen to residentsí concerns and hopes to have a positive effect on both Ventnor town and coast to ensure it is even more appealing to visitors and local families.
Register of Interests: Interests_9684.pdf


Councillor
Telephone: 01983 855411
Email: phil.warren@ventnortowncouncil.org.uk
Address: 67 Mitchell Avenue
Ventnor
Isle of Wight
PO38 1DR
Committees: Planning Committee
Ward: Ventnor West
My career has been equally divided between diagnostic pathology in the NHS and as a university lecture, also representing my profession on national professional bodies.

I have previous experience serving as a town councillor in Ryde between 2013 - 2017 and as the Deputy Mayor. During this time I was a governor at Green Mount Primary School and Ryde Academy.

Essentially a hands on and practical person, I most enjoy walking, woodwork, growing all things green and playing the ukulele. A considerable amount of my time is spent at the Ventnor Community Shed and also volunteering with the Ventnor Enhancement Fund.

I am also an advocate for the preservation of our local and the Islandís natural beauty and
green spaces together with the promotion of a greener economy.

I believe strongly in the principles of localism where community voices are heard and then
used to inform decision making. I look forward to working with fellow councillors
and council officers with the aim of providing a better Ventnor for all.
Register of Interests: Interests_5386.pdf


Councillor
Telephone:
Email: john.watkins@ventnortowncouncil.org.uk
Address:
Committees: Planning
Ward: Bonchurch & Ventnor East
After a stint in education overseas, I landed on these fair shores with my wife in 2016. Prior to this I was a small business owner with a background in ichthyology specializing in tropical fish. I sold my business to follow my then new wife in her international teaching career. In doing so, I worked in special needs departments instructing students in maths and language skills.

As a former Town Councillor in Wiltshire, I was especially keen to work in community centred activities in the various countries we lived, recognising cultural similarities as well as new ways of tackling problems.

Widely read and travelled, I recognise the vital importance of the diverse individuals who make up our unique community. As a fierce advocate for inclusive practices, I therefore recognise that each has a part to play in shaping our community.

My areas of interest and concern are social and emotional isolation, the challenges facing our youth, and the critical importance of mental health/brain health, vital for the development of a prosperous and happy Ventnor. I acknowledge the long-standing problem of social deprivation in Ventnor which must be addressed as a matter of great urgency and welcome all advice to eliminate this suffering.

No matter the problem, you will find me an ardent listener who is readily available to support you whilst we seek solutions for your concerns.
Register of Interests: Interests_9798.pdf