local councilors for Shirley and Freemantle
The area has at present 3 Tory and 3 Labour councilors that look after the local wards
please address any correspondence
c/o Members' Services
Southampton City Council
Phone: 023 8079 0094
Brian Parnell lived and worked in Freemantle for over 40 years and represented Freemantle from 1979-1990, then moved to Shirley ward in 1992-1996.
He has now returned to Freemantle and was Sherriff of the City in 2007/8 and Mayor of the City in 2002/3 and 2008/9. He is one of the longest serving members on the City Council, with interest in Social Services and Education.
Councillor Kaur graduated in History and Politics from the University of Southampton and followed this by studying law at Southampton Solent University.
She is currently working in publishing and helping run a local fabric business.
She is a trustee for local charity, Relate Solent
Phone: 07516 969947
Bus. phone: 023 8033 0650
Ray Mead was born in Frimley, Surrey and grew up in the Surrey/Hampshire borders. He came to Southampton in 1995 as a student to the University to study French & Spanish. While at the University he began his public life working in the Central Library and volunteering for the City Council’s Economic Development unit. He took his first job at a local internet provider and from here his career developed in telecommunications, eventually working for several years in London for COLT Telecom, commuting from Southampton.
In 2002 Ray and his wife, Jennifer, moved to Beijing, China to work for Jiao Tong University as lecturers. This stay was cut short due to an outbreak of the SARS virus in the city which led to them making a rapid onward move to Sydney, Australia. During their time in Sydney, Ray worked as a project management consultant and they retained their property in Southampton. Upon their return in 2005, Ray started his own project management consultancy which, from its Winchester headquarters, now services many international clients on a global scale.
Ray now lives in Banister Park, Southampton and enjoys football, rugby, cricket, sailing and skiing as well as maintaining a healthy interest in the Arts and current affairs. His particular areas of interest in the City are Planning and Economic Development.