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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sandra moved to Birchington from Broadstairs in 2106. Her career was in Central and International Banking in the City of London. Much of her work has been in Human Resources therefore interested in meeting people. She finds Birchington a very close community and is looking forward to being a Councillor.
Flat 3, 21 Beach Avenue, Birchington, CT7 9JS. Telephone: 01843 446845 Mobile: 07720121755
Born in Leicester, Nick came to Birchington before his first birthday; he attended Park Lane Primary and then Simon Langton. Despite moving away as a young teenager, Nick retained his connection and frequently returned to visit family, to work and holiday; moving back permanently two years ago. Following an NHS career of almost 30 years, he went on to establish a small consultancy providing specialist management services. Nick is now retired but during the summer can be found working as a bay inspector at Minnis Bay.
167b Minnis Road
Birchington CT7 9QD
Tel: 01843 845431
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.
A former Parachute Regiment officer who served also with the Australian and French armies, the UNHQ in New York and the EU in Brussels before becoming a Director of a defence engineering company in Stockport. In an effort to escape the Manchester rain Max and his wife made the 25th move of their married life to Birchington in 2017. Chairman of the Birchington Branch of the Royal British Legion he joined the Council with the wish to be part of the decision making process that will enhance the quality of life for all Birchington residents.
Nicola is a relative newcomer to the village, having moved here 5 years ago primarily to be closer to family (her parents retired here). She has spent most of her career working in financial services, often working with governments and local authorities both in the UK and overseas. Since becoming a freelance consultant 3 years ago she has focused on the voluntary sector and sits on the board of the charity Sue Ryder. She has a particular focus on the services that the village can provide to its residents and as a dog owner takes a close interest in the upkeep of our beaches and green spaces
Compass North, Cliff Road, Birchington CT7 9LS
Tel: 01843 312476
Mobile: 07471 943338
Geraldine has lived in Birchington for almost 30 years. She has over 25 years’ experience of working in the voluntary sector. She joined the Parish Council in order to contribute towards ensuring the village thrives whilst retaining a sense of community. This includes ensuring that Birchington does not become over-developed to the extent that it compromises the quality of life for residents. Geraldine is a firm believer in people shaping the community in which they live.
Assistant to the Parish Clerk