John Bannell

Chairman


John's bio:

I have been a member of Clanfield Parish Council since December 2016 and Chairman since May 2019. 

Under the Council’s new working structure as from May 2021, the Chairman of the Council is an ex-officio member of all the Council’s Committees and Working Groups which is extremely helpful for the main role, as I see it, of being an external ambassador and an internal co-ordinator. 

Over the last four years, my work on the Council has been primarily concerned with the acquisition of our new community facilities which include the Clanfield Centre, the bowling green and sports pavilion occupied by the Bowls Club, two additional playgrounds and significant areas of open space.

I believe that, with the excellent range of facilities which we now have in Clanfield and as we all emerge from the Covid pandemic, we can put Community, Health and Wellbeing and Sport at the centre of our agenda  - to promote awareness of what our village has to offer for its residents, to maximise participation and to help to create a sense of belonging to a strong and mutually supportive community. I hope to play my full part in helping to take that forward.

I was born in Galloway, Scotland but I have lived in South Hampshire from a pre-school age. I am a chartered surveyor (now retired from professional practice) and I am also a published children’s author. Alongside my professional career and family life, I have almost always been actively involved in voluntary work. I have been a school governor (Portsmouth High School) and a university governor (University of Portsmouth) and, in my younger years, as a member of Round Table, I held office at both local and national level, the latter as National Community Service Liaison Officer and National Editor. In 2009, I was awarded an Honorary Degree (Doctor of Laws) from the University of Portsmouth.

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