People

Cllr Andy Garner-Watts - Poole Town

Andy was born in Pembrokeshire, South Wales, in 1959. He was raised and educated in Hildesheim, West Germany, and served for six years with the Parachute Regiment. He is a holder of the Certificate of Professional Competence for national road haulage and is a member of the Security Industry Authority, the Freight Transport Association, and the Society of Poole Men.

Cllr Elaine Atkinson - Penn Hill

Elaine was first elected as Councillor in 1995 and was been Leader of the Council from 2010 to 2015. She has served in most areas of council services, with portfolio responsibilities including social services, health, housing and communities, culture and community learning. Among other achievements, she helped reconfigure day services for people with disabilities, achieved a refuge and community based domestic violence service in Poole, and oversaw the building and opening of Poole’s iconic Twin Sails Bridge in 2012.

Cllr Vishal Gupta - Hamworthy East

Vishal is a ward campaigner in Hamworthy East. He has lived in Hamworthy for the last ten years with his wife Val and their two stepdaughters, two dogs, and a cat. Vishal has worked in various service sectors from heath care to manufacturing. He is a youth volunteer worker and represents his local community via Poole Housing Partnership as a member of the resident scrutiny panel and the housing strategy panel.Vishal's pedges

Cllr Peter Adams - Oakdale

Peter was first elected to the Council in May 2003. Immediately he led a select committee on smoking in public places, the evidence and outcome from which fed into the government's decision to ban smoking in public places. As portfolio holder for the environmental areas, he was instrumental in getting the fantastic outdoor gym in Poole Park and funding to update and create new play areas for children. He is a keen athlete and once helped a blind man to run a marathon.

Cllr Mohan Iyengar - Canford Cliffs

Mohan is married with three daughters and has lived in Poole for 12 years. He studied at Harvard and for 20 years has mentored organisations to improve customer service. His business is based in Canford Cliffs ward.Mohan's pledges

Cllr Ian Potter - Oakdale

Ian has lived in Poole his whole life and resides in Oakdale with his family. He enjoys spending time with his daughter who now attends St. Edwards Secondary School and his interests include most sports and travelling. After working over 25 years in the electronics industry for companies based locally in Poole he now works as a qualified residential property surveyor when not carrying out his Council duties. 

Cllr Drew Mellor - Branksome East

Drew trained as an accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers before founding the AddVenture Group where he and his team advise and invest in businesses in the South.Living in Branksome East with his partner Katie, who was born in Poole, Drew is a keen runner and charity activist. He has completed several fundraising campaigns including cycling from Lands End to John O’Groats and rowing around the Isle of Wight. He is currently preparing for the London Marathon to raise funds for Children With Cancer.

Cllr Janet Walton - Oakdale

Janet is Leader of Poole Council, leader of the Conservative Group of Poole Councillors and Councillor for Oakdale. She was first elected in May 2007.

Cllr John Challinor - Parkstone

John lives in Parkstone. He and his family moved to Poole four years ago, relocating from Bedfordshire to enjoy all that the area has to offer in terms of lifestyle, natural environment and outdoor pursuits.He is passionate about the environment. Consequently, he is keen to protect the appeal and character of our beautiful and vibrant area through sustainable and sympathetic development. 

Cllr Xena Dion - Penn Hill

Xena is the Mayor of Poole for the year 2016/17 and a Councillor for Penn Hill ward. She was first elected in May 2003.