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Councillor Reverend Julian Macro JP (Our Mayor)

Reverend Julian Macro JP

Roles

Councillor, Churches Together

14 Lake Road
Verwood
BH31 6BU

I grew up and went to school in Wimbledon and then studied at universities in Wales and Oxford, taking degrees in Classics and Theology. Following Ordination I served as Minister of United Reformed Churches in Buckinghamshire, Hampshire and Berkshire.

My wife, Dorothy, and I moved to Verwood in 2005, delighted to find such a welcoming community and where we have both been active in the Verwood United Reformed Church where I was, in effect, locum Minister for eight years during time which I initiated the Foodbank Distribution Centre (linked with the Trussell Trust).

I was appointed a JP at the age of 28 and served as a Magistrate and in related roles with the Probation and Prison services. I have also been a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of a Housing Association with some 10,000 homes.

I continue to serve on a number of Church and Charity boards and look forward to doing what I can to promote Verwood and Three Legged Cross as communities where everyone can enjoy living.

Councillor Simon Gibson

Simon Gibson

Roles

Councillor & Dorset Councillor

25 St. Stephens Lane
Verwood
BH31 7BQ

Born in Belfast, I moved with my family to Verwood in 1999. I attended Emmanuel Middle School and QE. I joined Verwood Town Council in 2007 and was honoured to be the Mayor for the 2022-23 council year and also in 2012-13.

I was elected to Dorset Council in 2019 having previously represented Verwood on the East Dorset District Council since 2011 until the Council merged as part of the Local Government reorganisation. I was the Cabinet member for Housing (2014-2019) and Deputy Leader of Council (2017-2019) and was the Dorset Council lead member for Highways (2022-2023).

In 2012 I founded the Community Christmas Lunch that provides a free community lunch for people on their own at Christmas time. I also organise the monthly litter picks to help keep Verwood tidy.

I have a keen interest in projects that help build a stronger community, bringing people of all ages together.

Councillor Mark Hardaker

Mark Hardaker

Roles

Councillor, Town Twinning Association, Press & PR

c/o Town Council Offices
28 Vicarage Rd
Verwood
BH31 6DR

Originally from Keighley, West Yorkshire, I moved to Verwood with my wife in the summer of 2018.

I had spent the previous thirty years living overseas in Germany, Belgium, the USA, Hong Kong, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain, where I held senior roles in multinational chemical companies. I was educated at Oxford University and hold a Master of Science degree. 

I am an active amateur astronomer and the treasurer of Fordingbridge Astronomers, where I have raised money locally to build an observatory for outreach activities. I am also a member of Butterfly Conservation, monitoring the performance of our local insects under changing climate conditions and a member of the Commission for Dark Skies, a national body for the protection of darkness for our wildlife. 

I run my own consultancy business focusing on business management. I am also a non-executive director of the DuPont UK Pension Fund. 

I joined the Town Council to better understand and promote its activities to the broader public and to help give something back to this community I now call home. 

Councillor Chris Latham

Chris Latham

Roles

Councillor, Bournemouth International Airport & Highways Liaison Councillor

c/o Town Council Offices
28 Vicarage Rd
Verwood
BH31 6DR

I grew up in mid-Cheshire and spent my whole career in quality control in aerospace and defence.

From 1965, as an MOD apprentice, I got a bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering at Liverpool and a Master’s in Iron and Steel Technology at Sheffield. I worked at the Royal Ordnance Factory in Nottingham as Chief Metallurgist and Assistant Head of Quality.

I moved to Dorset in 1984 to work as Quality Manager in a branch of Flight Refuelling before moving to Somerset in 1991 as Head of Quality Assurance at Fairey Hydraulics, making flight controls for civil and military aircraft and helicopters, where I prepared the controls for flight safety parts. 

My career took me across the globe, with significant periods spent working in the USA and Italy. I also had the privilege of serving on national and international committees, including a term as Chairman of the UK Aerospace Scheme Management Board.  

After retiring from full-time work, I joined the United Kingdom Accreditation Service as an aerospace technical assessor, returning to Dorset in 2016 before finally hanging up my laptop on my birthday in 2022. 

I have been married for 51 years. My wife was part of the team that developed the Somerset Special Needs programme for children with dyslexia. We have two sons and three grandsons. 

I liked to play badminton and watch football, but now I am happy to potter around the garden and enjoy the Verwood U3A. 

Councillor Ted Mason

Ted Mason

Roles

Councillor, Potterne Park User Group, Youth Representative

125 Owls Rd
Verwood
BH31 6HH

I have lived in Verwood for seven years, living close to my son, who is very active as a coach for Verwood Football Club. My daughter is a science teacher who is very involved in the Downs Syndrome Support Organisation.

I am an active member of the Verwood U3A and also regularly perform at several folk clubs. I enjoy gardening, writing, and Chinese painting. 

Most of my working life has been spent in Education as a teacher. I was also a school governor, a Special Education Coordinator and a leader of the Special Education Group of a pyramid of schools.

Before retiring to Verwood, I spent seven years in central China working as an Educational Management Advisor, and as a writer for a daily newspaper. 

My particular interests in Verwood and Three Legged Cross are planning, the environment and youth.  

Councillor Pat Morrow

Pat Morrow

Roles

Councillor & Police Liaison Representative

25 St. Stephens Lane
Verwood
BH31 7BQ

Originally from Belfast I came to Verwood in 2000 to join family here.
I was educated at the Methodist College, Belfast and in later years I completed an Open University Degree study in the State in Britain and International Politics.

During my working career I was General Secretary of a Political Pressure Group which founded a moderate political party, an area manager for Oxfam Ireland, a manager for a Hospice and a Community Leader running a large Community Centre.

I joined a number of organisations when I arrived in Verwood in order to make friends and become part of the community. I think that Verwood has a special quality that welcomes strangers.

I am currently Chair of the Verwood Area Fiftyplus Forum; a Trustee and Deputy Chair of Dorset Fiftyplus ; a member of Dorset Age Partnership and a committee member of Help the Aged Local Committee. I am also a member of the Verwood Flower Club, the Verwood and District Horticultural Society and the WI.

My main interests are dogs, walking and enjoying the beautiful scenery in Dorset. As a member of the Verwood Town Council I endeavour to champion the cause of older people.