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Chairman of BCP Council

The Chairman of BCP Council is the first citizen of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. The current Chairman is Councillor Nigel Hedges.

Councillor Neil Hedges Chairman of BCP Council

About Councillor Nigel Hedges

Councillor Hedges’ parents came from Southampton and Ireland to meet in Bournemouth. His mother survived the bombing of the Hotel Metropole in 1943 being saved by a Canadian Airman, and his father owned a hotel on the West Cliff.

Following the catholic path of education, Councillor Hedges attended the Christ The King Primary School and then St Peter’s Boys’ Grammar School at Southbourne.

He lived in Moordown for the first 25 years of his life, then bought a property in Christchurch and has lived in the Borough of Poole for the last 36 years. He currently lives at Talbot Village and is a widower.

He worked in Beales in the sports department, then worked for an engraving franchise which located out of the store in 1976 to the other side of Beale Place and became the sole owner in 1980. He has traded there as sole owner/operator for over 40 years now.

Having run a local sportscar club for 26 years, he became a governor of his old primary school for ten years. His two children attended St Peter’s Comprehensive School, and when they were both working at Beales he became president of the Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce for a consecutive five years.

He was a Trustee of Diverse Abilities charity for one year, and has been quizmaster for Life Education Wessex quizzes at AFC Bournemouth for fifteen years.  Radio slots on Hope FM, and journalism and commissioned articles have put his English A Level to good use!

Elected as a Councillor for Bournemouth Council for the Wallisdown and Winton West ward, Councillor Hedges was re-elected for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council in 2019 to the same ward.

He stated that, “It is an honour and a privilege to put something back into all three towns in this role, a conurbation that has given three generations of my family so much.”

Role, duties and responsibilities 

The Chairmans role is to:

  • promote the Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole (BCP) area as a place to live and visit
  • promote the towns locally, nationally and internationally
  • promote, liaise and link with private and voluntary sector organisations
  • participate in and help initiate activities that enhance the economic, social, cultural and environmental well-being of the former boroughs and their residents
  • act as host to official visitor to the town
  • represent the Council at ceremonial events
  • carry out all duties in a manner appropriate to the status and tradition of the office.

The Chairman also has the following responsibilities:

  • to uphold and promote the purposes of the constitution
  • to preside over meetings of Full Council and ensure meetings follow the procedures set out in the constitution
  • to be the conscience of the Council.

How to contact the Chairman

You can contact the Chairman by email at


The Vice-Chairman is Councillor Laurence Fear.