Lesley Dedman was born and educated in London and upon leaving school travelled widely with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and the Merchant Navy. Starting married life in Wales, where she lived on and ran a small farm, Lesley moved to Dorset over 30 years ago.
She is a proud mother of four and grandmother of six. As a former smallholder, animals still figure largely in her life, and she has two Labradors and a black cat, all of whom can be seen accompanying her on walks in Mudeford.
Serving on school PTAs and taking an active role in the community meant it was a small step into local government. She joined Ferndown Town Council (where she served as Mayor 2007 to 2009) and was then elected to East Dorset District. Lesley was elected to Christchurch Council in 2011 and Dorset County Council in 2013.
Lesley was elected to the newly established Christchurch Town Council on 1st April 2019 and became the first Mayor of Christchurch Town Council. Lesley was also elected to Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole Unitary Council in 2019 and is a Cabinet member and Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care, Health and Public Health.
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