Cllr Mike Hopkins
I have lived in Wimborne area for 40 years. I have a background of 37 years in banking and finance. I undertook various diverse roles ranging from cashier to managing a team of 40 people. My last role in banking was Project Management and Continuous Improvement. I left there in 2005 and spent a further 10 years as an Operations and Customer Service Manager for a Lubricants Distributions business based in Southampton.
I am married and we love living in Wimborne Minster and try to ensure that we support all the local shops and businesses as these are the heart of the town. Between 1988 and 1992 I was involved in the rebuilding of the Model Town on its new site. Now that I have retired, I volunteer there undertaking garden and building maintenance as part of a team working hard to make it a premier tourist attraction.
I am particularly interested in the assimilation of the new developments taking place within the town and the impact on local resources and infrastructure, which is of concern to many residents. I am also passionate about recycling and the need to remove single use plastic from our lives.
Whilst I understand the current limitations of Wimborne Minster Town Council, it is a powerful voice in reflecting the concerns of the town’s residents to the new Dorset authority and I feel that I can offer a valuable contribution.
Finally, Wimborne Minster is a treasure and we are all very lucky to live here and I feel I can contribute to continuing to make it sustainable for future generations.