Chris Wilson (Poole Town Councillor)
We are delighted that Chris Wilson was elected as a Councillor for Poole Town on 5 May 2011. She polled 1,631 votes, 616 more than the third placed candidate.
Chris Wilson moved to Poole in 1975 and has lived in the town centre since 1983. Her son attended South Road and Poole High schools.
Chris has a history of standing up for local people, having chaired a local residents' association and served as a committee member on the Town Centre Management Board (representing local residents).
As a tenant of Poole Housing Partnership (PHP) she is a keen advocate of social housing and has spent the last 15 years working in this field, first as a tenant representative with PHP and then for the last 8 years as a Resident Involvement Officer for another housing association in Dorset.
Charmaine Parkinson (Deputy Leader of Poole People and Hamworthy East Councillor)
We are delighted that Charmaine Parkinsion was elected as a Councillor for Hamworthy East on 5 May 2011. She came top of the poll with 728 votes.
Charmaine is well known to many in Hamworthy from her previous role as library manager and made a significant contribution to the development of the new Hamworthy Library.
Charmaine and her husband Ian have been married for 11 years and their child attends school in Hamworthy.
Charmaine sits on the management committee of Bridging Communities where she has had a lead role in the 'Living Histories' project including the Time Capsule now located in the new Hamworthy Library.
Charmaine says: "The next few years will be a period of uncertainty and change for Hamworthy with development of the Regeneration Area imminent. Development needs to be sensitive to this unique location and the views of local people must be listened to."
Sally Carpenter (Parkstone Councillor)
Sally is married with a teenage son, She lives in Liiliput and is Managing Director of a Homecare Agency which she set up in 1986. After leaving school she trained as a Nursery Nurse and worked in various Bristol schools and Nurseries. She served as a Parish Councillor for 12 years chaired the Dorset Lake Residents Association for a while, before being elected as a Borough of Poole councillor in May 2011.
Sally (standing as a Conservative) topped the poll in Parkstone with 2008 votes, almost 250 more than the second councillor elected. Parkstone has three councillors. Poole People's candidate in 2011 polled 1,500 votes missing out on the third seat by only 113 votes.
By November 2012, however, Sally had become frustrated with the Conservative Group's requirement for her and other Conservative councillors to vote according to its leader's instructions. She realised that to represent her residents properly she needed to have the freedom to vote with her conscience and not be governed by the Tory Whip. She decided to resign from the Conservatives and join Poole People which expects its councillors to put their residents' interests first.
Sally also feels that during these very difficult times of recession central government has lost touch with the majority and politicians at national level are failing to understand the problems that ordinary people are facing.
Sally feels that it is particularly important for Poole Council to:
- find ways to create more opportunities for school leavers
- support new businesses
- provide better education for young people concerning drug and alcohol awareness
- offer more support to young people with mental health issues
- strive to ensure that Poole continues to thrive economically and socially and
- make sure all decisions made by Council are taken for the benefit of the Borough and its residents, not for party political reasons.
Mark Howell (Leader of Poole People and Poole Town Councillor)
Mark won his seat in a by-election on 2 December 2010, following the death of Council Leader Brian Leverett, overturning a Conservative majority of 760. He increased his majority to 894 in the elections on 5 May 2011, polling 1,911 votes. He was re-elected in 2015 again topping the poll in the ward.
Mark has lived in Poole Town for 14 years and is very supportive of his local community. He is a member of Poole Quays Forum and Poole Old Town Conservation Group.
Mark has 15 years experience of working as a lawyer in London, Cairo and Dorset, and also runs a business specialising in communications and employee engagement:Nutmeg Communications.
He has a degree in History and a Masters in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography. He has had a book published on the troubles in the Middle East.