Former Hampshire leader joins New Forest National Park Authority

Published Monday 24 June 2013

The former leader of Hampshire County Council is one of three new members appointed to the New Forest National Park Authority.

Former council leader Ken Thornber and Chris Lagdon are Hampshire County’s Council’s two newly appointed members of the Authority, whilst Ian Hibberd is the new member representing Test Valley Borough Council.

Of the other 22 members of the Authority, 12 are appointed by the county, unitary, district and borough councils within the National Park, six are appointed by the Secretary of State and four more members are selected by local parish councils.

Ken Thornber was recently elected as chairman of Hampshire County Council after standing down as council leader after 14 years in charge. He has been a member of Hampshire County Council for 36 years and was awarded the CBE in 1993 for services to politics and the public. He has lived in the New Forest for 50 years and was formerly a member of the National Park Authority when it was first established in 2005.

Chris Lagdon was born and bred in Lyndhurst and has lived in or around the New Forest all his life. He has been a New Forest district councillor for eight years and was recently elected as the Hampshire county councillor for Totton North in May.

Ian Hibberd is an engineer by profession and has lived in Romsey Extra, which borders the National Park, for almost 40 years. He was elected to Test Valley Borough Council for the Romsey Extra Ward in 2003 where he is also a Parish Councillor, and in 2009/10 he was Mayor of Test Valley.

Julian Johnson, chairman of the New Forest National Park Authority, said: 'I am delighted to welcome Ken, Chris and Ian to the New Forest National Park. They have extensive knowledge and experience of local democracy and will play an important part in championing this unique area.’

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Biographies for new members:

Ken Thornber CBE

Ken Thornber was recently elected as chairman of Hampshire County Council after standing down as council leader after 14 years in charge. He has been a member of Hampshire County Council for 36 years and also served on Hampshire Police Authority for 22 years.

He was awarded the CBE in 1993 for services to politics and the public and was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 1995. He was also President of the New Forest Show in 2009.

Ken is married with four sons and has lived in the New Forest for 50 years.

Chris Lagdon

Chris Lagdon was born and bred in Lyndhurst and has lived in or around the New Forest all his life. He is married with two children and lives in Totton.

He has been a New Forest district councillor for eight years and was recently elected as the Hampshire county councillor for Totton North in May. He is also a member of the Hampshire Fire & Rescue Authority.

Chris has a special interest in planning, having sat on the planning committees of New Forest District Council and Totton and Eling Town Council for many years.

Ian Hibberd

Ian was born in Southampton and has lived in Romsey Extra, which borders the National Park, for almost 40 years. He is an Engineer by profession and has worked for a number of years in the Middle East and West Africa. He is married to Teresa with three children and four small grandchildren.

Ian was elected to Test Valley Borough Council for the Romsey Extra Ward in 2003 where he is also a Parish Councillor, and in 2009/10 he was Mayor of Test Valley.

Ian is a member of the Southern Test Valley Planning Committee and Vice Chairman of the Planning Control Committee. He sits on the Plans Panel which is formulating the new Borough Plan. He is the Test Valley Borough Council representative member on the Partnership for South Hampshire Scrutiny Committee and a member of four local liaison panels who monitor mineral extraction and landfill sites locally to Romsey.

In his spare time, Ian plays golf, is a fly fisherman and shoots clays occasionally in the winter months. He is Chairman of Trustees for the Countess Mountbatten of Burma Memorial Trust, is Chairman of Trustees for Youth in Romsey, a Trustee for Romsey Young Carers, and is President of the Romsey Sea Cadets.

Ian is delighted to be offered this position with the New Forest National Park Authority and hopes that his experience gained during his time as a Test Valley Borough Councillor will help in a positive way to maintain and improve the environment and quality of life for all who live and work in this beautiful area.

About the New Forest National Park Authority

Protect - Enjoy - Prosper

The New Forest National Park Authority’s statutory purposes are to:

  • Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park - Protect
  • Promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities – Enjoy.

We also have a duty to:

  • Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park – Prosper.

The New Forest National Park was designated in March 2005. Its unique landscape has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free. Majestic woodlands, rare heathland and a spectacular coastline provide fabulous opportunities for quiet recreation, enjoyment and discovery.

Visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk to find out more.

Media Contacts:
Sion Donovan, Communications Officer, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646639
Email: sion.donovan@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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