Fred was a Director and run a number of Companies in London including a Print and Graphics Company employing over 350 employees in East London. Fred and Barbara have been married for over 37 years. He moved from Wembley were he lived with his wife Barbara and their young son to this area in 1984, Fred having spent regular long visiting sessions since the age of 9 in and around the area some years earlier, it was a natural move for him. His Parents lived in Poole and both he and his parents kept boats on the River Stour. Fred and Barbara had a second son born here and they both attended Christchurch Schools, Scout Groups, Karate Club, Rowing Club and both attended Bournemouth University. One has now moved back to London and Runs his own established Advertising and PR Company, Married and has one son, with another baby shortly to be born. Fred and Barbara’s other youngest Son was married here and had their first Grandson now age 4, who is attending St Luke’s School, Kings Park, the Youngest Son is a teacher at Arnewood School New Milton and lives in Bournemouth.
Fred ran his own Printing and Graphics Business in Bargates for several years, were he came into contact with many of the local Councillors at election times, having designed, printed and finished many of their election addresses over several year. He was also involved with the many local groups, became a Cub Scout Leader at Town for many years, also an LEA School Governor and served as Vice Chairman of Governors for over ten years overseeing the construction of the new Christchurch Junior School in Clarendon Road. During his time he was very involved with the removal of the old outside teaching Cabins and the outside Toilets as well as a new library built between the two old wings. During this time Fred had decided to become an Independent politician, not wanting to be swept up into party politics, his views have always been, what the residents needs are first, not a political party's view. This was his decision having printed all various colours of politics over time. He always admired those who stood as independents and those issues that the local community wanted the most. He first stood as an Independent and was elected in 2007, and has been returned each time in the area he lives, Jumpers, (now including St Catherine’s and part of Portfield Wards), with the second highest number of votes in the recent elections.
When Fred decided to close his Bargates premises he was offered a position at Bournemouth and Poole College in the Art and Design Faculty to setup and run a teaching section for Lithographic Printing, Graphics, Business and IT., for both Mac and PC’s.based computers. This was a successful venture and He gained many additional qualifications becoming both qualified as City and Guilds, EdExcel and Btech registered internal and external verifier and Assessor. He was also a H&S Qualified workplace assessor and became a member of the National Training Organisation for Print and Graphics Industry Standards, across the whole of the UK, based in Birmingham.
During his time at the College he gained further qualifications for teaching across other sections of the College Including Photography, Web Page Design and maintenance, Radio, and on Adult Access to HE Courses along with Special Educational Needs groups, were he trained a wide range of students with SEN’s in Life Skills, Maths, English, Communication and IT. He became a Senior Lecturer and was appointed to the Academic Board of the BPC. He was very involved with the setting up of the new learning aid (VLE) for all Students and Lecturers which he was responsible for demonstrating both how the system operated which contained College Policies, Registrations, Time Tables, Resources, Programs, Room Bookings and many other features.
For a number of years he was the NATFE then UCU Branch Chairman for the University and College Union.
Just prior and more since retiring Fred became very involved in a number of Local Charities, of which he holds a number of positions such as Chairman and Vice Chairman. Whilst serving on CCP he started their first Charity Shop known as ‘Give n Gain’ run in Wick Lane until the Pizza Express wanted more space and their licence had to ended after only 9 months. The shop was very successful for the amount of time it was open. Fred Started Dial a Bus with others, which saw a brand new Coach built, to specification, bus service start-up in 2011, for the disabled to access local shopping trips and outings, even driving it himself to start it going. Dial a Bus is still running to date.
Fred is Chairman of the Friends of Christchurch Station CIO which is now embarking on its Fourteenth year, keeping the gateway to our Historic Town Entrance looking cared for, with litter picks, floral displays and general upkeep and occasional tea room, with a free lending library book stall in the waiting room. Fred was also a past Trustee/Director Vice Chairman, of Age Concern Christchurch which had one failing shop and a small office in Druitt Hall and a bus in failing Condition when he was appointed. After several years it was built up into running Three Shops, Four Mini Buses, offices in Bargates, with a greatly increased staff and numbers of volunteers. Running many services, (He retired from this last year).
2015/2016 was a great honour and he was thrilled to have been elected as The Mayor of The Ancient Borough of Christchurch and First Citizen of the Borough. Whilst serving on the Borough Fred was the Heritage Champion for the Council and this gave him a far greater insight into the history and the many Ancient Buildings that we have within our area.
He served as Vice Chairman of Licensing and sat on a number of Sub Committee meetings.
Fred served on Planning Committee for most of his time over the 12 years from joining the Borough. He was a member of the Scrutiny Committee for 12 years and also the Scrutiny and Audit Committee.
Served on both Resources and Community Committees for a period of time. Fred also sat on many working parties for projects and events over his time and Served on Appeals Panel, Telegraph Poles Sub Committee,
Now a member of the Christchurch Town Council
(Vice Chairman):- Planning and Regulatory Committee
Civic Working Party.
Jumpers & St Catherine's Ward