Councillor David Brown
Councillor David Brown is Portfolio Holder for Health and Wellbeing
This portfolio includes:
- public health
- adult social care
- commissioning and procurement
- relationships with NHS and ICS.
David moved to area to study financial services at Bournemouth University and has lived in the Bearwood and Merley ward for 30 years.
Whilst working in the local financial industry David began fostering, eventually spending 13 years as a foster carer and looking after more than 50 children.
Standing for election in Poole in 2007 David was successful on his first attempt. He has been a councillor ever since, including being the leader of the Poole Lib-Dem group from 2016-2019.
David is passionate about the benefit of good community spaces; a passion which has led to his active involvement with local planning issues and work with many charities over the years, including 17 years as a Trustee of Bearwood Community Centre and part of the team which saved it from closure.
David’s ambitions for his Portfolio are wide-ranging. He says:
“I have always been grateful for the opportunities that I had growing up, and aware that not everyone has the same advantages, and I got into politics to try and put something back.
“Affordable housing, access to parks and open spaces and good transport networks all improve people’s lives and opportunities, and good health and care provision is vital.
“I want to improve the joined up working with our local health services, and for residents to feel reassured that BCP Council and partner organisations will be there to help them and their families with their health and care when the need arises.”
Away from work, David runs an 80s vintage retail business, loves the cinema, and enjoys beach walks with his girlfriend and rescue dog, Merlin.