There are a total of 10 Parish Councillors that stand for election every 4 years. Each Councillor is a Volunteer and does not receive any remuneration for the services and time they provide to the community. The range of experience and dedication provided by our Councillors makes the team we are today. All supported by our Clerk to the Council, a part time employee of the Parish Council.

The declaration listed against each member complies with the Openness and Transparency guildelines.

Neville Hudson

A local (ish) boy, Neville was born in Herne Bay. He moved to Birchington in 1961 and over the years he became Chairman and then president of the local Chamber of Commerce. Neville was a Thanet District Councillor, of which he became leader, for 28 years. He wishes to bring the Parish Council to the forefront of the community and unite everybody to enrich the village.

Chairman

76 Quex View Road, Birchington, CT7 0DY
Tel: 01843 841900
Mobile: 07860 172546
neville@grovefloral.co.uk

Declaration

Marcel Pooke MBE

As an ex-Primary Care trust executive director and also a Management Consultant, Marcel is used to working with people to get the best results for the community with the most efficiency and for this he was awarded an MBE. He has only lived in Kent for a short while having moved to Birchington on retirement. Marcel wants to serve the community using and promoting the values he holds dear; leadership, community, compassion and action.

Vice Chairman

29 Spencer Road, Birchington CT7 9EZ
Tel: 01843 313346 Mobile: 07973 551227
marcel.pooke@gmail.com

Declaration

Robert Wright

Robert has lived in Thanet on and off since the age of 3. His background is in design, particularly in shop fitting and the restoration of old buildings. He joined the council because he felt strongly about the proposed changes to the infrastructure of our village and environs. He is Chair of the Planning Committee.

Councillor

27 Queen Bertha’s Avenue, Birchington, CT7 9BH
Mobile: 07971 401620
robo47@live.com

Declaration

Linda Wright

Linda has lived in Birchington for 17 years having moved from London where she was a dental nurse and then a practice manager in both NHS and private practice. In 2011 she became a Thanet District Councillor for the villages and a Parish Councillor in Birchington. She has an interest in our heritage.

Councillor

90 Canterbury Road, Birchington CT7 9BB
Tel: Mobile: 07825 338999
lindaw1310@hotmail.com

Declaration

Vanda Alexander

After moving to Birchington 22 years ago Vanda became involved with community groups and has experience of fundraising in that area. She worked in the public sector for nearly 20 years and has a strong belief in person centred services. She is the Chair of the General Purposes Committee where she is keen to deliver community focused support.

Councillor

335, Canterbury Road, Birchington, CT7 9TY
Tel: 01843 842629 Mobile: 07949209701
vanda.alexander1@gmail.com

Declaration

Jack Cohen

Jack moved to Birchington over 20 years ago bringing with him a wealth of experience in both life and politics. He served on the District Council and was the Chairman of Birchington Parish Council until retiring from that post recently. He has remained as a councillor due to his undiminished support for the community.

Councillor

2 Leslie Road, Birchington, CT7 9HG
Tel: 01843 847421
jackbernard.cohen@gmail.com

Declaration

Phil Fellows

Phil joined BPC in 2015 after hearing of TDC’s plans for thousands of houses to be built around our village and its green fields. He was brought up locally in a working class family and, having a young family, understands the fears and worries caused by mass development. Phil is the Parish Council Events Manager.

Councillor

27 Grenham Road, Birchington CT7 9JH
Tel: 01843 842519 Mobile: 07970 388870
philipfellows@aol.com

Declaration

Stuart Alexander

Stuart has lived in Birchington for 23 years and ran his own local business. An active member of the community, he has been a Patient Governor for Thanet and is actively involved in the patient experience team for local health providers. He also volunteers for Thanet Volunteer Bureau and the local hospice supporting local people to access treatment centres. He has also given of his free time helping the Parish Council with its events which will include time in the drop-in centre for computing.

Councillor

Declaration

Elizabeth Hurst

Liz moved to Birchington with her family as a child in 1968 and spent many happy years growing up and playing around Birchington and Minnis Bay. She lives with her partner, has two children and two grandchildren. They spend a lot of time together, walking their dogs at Minnis Bay. Liz is a member of Thanet Water Group and on nice warm days, will be on the sea water skiing. Liz has had various jobs including working at QEQM, a legal secretary, investigating insurance fraud and now owns a pet shop in Station Road.

Councillor

Declaration

Position Vacant

Councillor

Declaration

Caroline Vincent

Parish Clerk

The Burley Gallery, Birchington Library, Alpha Road, Birchington, CT7 9EG
Tel: 01843 846666
bpcouncil@outlook.com

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