The Parish Council

Photograph of Bob Hutchings

Bob Hutchings OBE


Bob was born in Christchurch and, after 40 years following his career as an auditor all around the UK, he retired to Highcliffe 8 years ago. A golfer, gardener and family man he likes nothing more than a stroll down the Zig-Zag path to the beach with a leisurely coffee to follow.

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Photograph of Andy Martin

Andy Martin

Vice Chairman

Andy Martin has been a journalist for more than 30 years most recently as editor and head of news at the Daily Echo, where he is now associate editor and community ambassador. He also teaches politics at Bournemouth University and is the chief examiner for the National Council for the Training of Journalists. He also works as a media training consultant for organisations including the MoD and local authorities.

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Photograph of Nigel Brooks

Nigel Brooks

Ward Councillor

I am a retired commercial property Chartered Surveyor and I have a passion for achieving the best for our local community, the young and not so young. I am enthusiastic about preserving the local environment for the benefit of my fellow residents and our visitors. I am also a BCP Council Ward Councillor for Highcliffe & Walkford and thus able to see the 'bigger picture' for our conurbation as well as help to influence how Highcliffe and Walkford can benefit from the new Local Authority structure.

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Photograph of Tina Butcher

Tina Butcher

Parish Councillor

Tina was born in Birmingham, West Midlands and moved to Highcliffe On Sea 4 years ago following a relocation request from her employer in her role as an Employee Relations Subject Matter Expert within the Company’s Human Resources department. Tina is currently still in full-time employment, however, as a wildlife conservationist, gardener and keen photographer she is looking forward to retiring from her current position in the near future, and spending more time on her passions and exploring the beautiful area in which we are very fortunate to live.

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Photograph of Nick Geary

Nick Geary

Ward Councillor

I have had the privilege of serving the people of Christchurch and Walkford as a Christchurch Borough Councillor for over 15 years and, in that time, I was Mayor on two occasions. My Engineering business has been based in Christchurch for over 40 years. When I have time to relax I enjoy sailing my boat from Christchurch Harbour.

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Photograph of Lucy Harris

Lucy Harris

Parish Councillor

For Lucy Harris the new role of Parish Councillor is proving to be a very quick and rewarding way to get to know people and places. She brings skills in evidence-based policy making, project management and team working from a career in the Civil Service. Her passions are linking people together, and action against further climate change.

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Photograph of Willie McNeill

Willie McNeill

Parish Councillor

I was born in Glasgow in the days with steel foundries and shipyards. I had an academic career in mathematics / cosmology before entering the world of computing with a career with Rolls Royce IBM and Bank of Scotland. Living in Linlithgow a town near Edinburgh I was involved in community work via the Community Council. Moving to Dorset I am involved in a number of community groups including Rotary, Highcliffe Residents' Association, and Highcliffe in Bloom, with a passion for local community involvement. In my spare time I enjoy golf, walking, travel and reading.

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Photograph of Susan Smith

Susan Smith

Parish Councillor

Having known this area of Dorset for over 30 years I moved here from Poole to be within a short walk of the coast. My background is in horticulture and I have been employed by a number of Local Authorities parks departments throughout my career, ending in Bournemouth. I have also been involved in Britain in Bloom with Bournemouth's entries in the 1990’s and subsequently as a national judge, and this has given me an appreciation of the value of volunteers in improving their local environment.

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Photograph of Trish Jamieson

Trish Jamieson

Parish Clerk

On first moving to Highcliffe Trish quickly became involved in the local community and was employed as Parish Clerk to Burton Parish Council, a position she held for 19 years.

Some years later Trish was elected to serve as a Christchurch Borough Councillor for the West Highcliffe Ward and held that position for 16 years during which time she had the honour to be Mayor.

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