Odiham Conservative councillors are Ken Crookes, Chris Dorn and John Kennett. The Odiham ward includes, but is not limited to, Odiham itself, Crondall, Greywell, North & South Warnborough and Long Sutton. It is also home to RAF Odiham. They communicate regularly with residents through inTouch and are often out knocking on doors to hear residents views.
John Kennett was re-elected in the 2021 Hart District Council elections
John Kennett is an experienced District Councillor who has represented the Odiham ward since 2008. The ward also comprises five surrounding, parishes including South Warnborough where he has lived since 2000.
He has served on every committee of the council and has twice been elected Chairman by fellow councillors of all parties. He is also active locally and is Chairman of Trustees of the village hall which has been greatly improved under his leadership.
He accepts the need for more houses but is keen to do this in a way which protects the character of local villages.
John has been a District Councillor since 2008. In that time he has served on all the main committees of the Council and on the Cabinet. He was elected by his fellow councillors, first as Vice Chairman and then as Chairman of Hart Council, in which capacity he signed the Military Covenant along with the C.O.s of RAF Odiham and Gibraltar Barracks. Also he has spent three years as the council's representative on the Hampshire Police and Crime Panel.
He had a varied business career after university, firstly in Marketing with multinational companies before moving with his wife to the United States in 1984 as a result of an acquisition he had championed. Part of his brief was to seek further acquisitions and he successfully brought two more to completion. When a third was rejected as being too small for a multinational he left and bought it himself. He later sold it, intending to return to England, but was persuaded by his children to stay in California so they could continue to visit.
He then set up another company and grew it for seven years before selling it and returning to England in 2001.
He lives in South Warnborough, the childhood home of his wife, Harriet; they have two children and have five grand children. He soon became involved in the community, joining the Rotary Club in Alton, where he has served on most committees and as President. Twelve years ago he was elected Chairman of Trustees of the village hall. Under his leadership, the hall has been completely refurbished and extended including the construction of a small flat in the roof. This community resource is now on a very solid financial footing and, due to the rent from the flat, should remain so in perpetuity.
He can be contacted via CllrKennett@aol.com or 01256 862203.
Ken was first elected as councillor for Odiham ward in May 2005, shortly after his retirement from a major international IT company. He has lived in Odiham for many years with his wife Marilyn and two daughters, now pursuing their own careers in London.
A former governor of Robert May’s School, he is now a trustee of Odiham Cottage Hospital and of The Cross Barn. At Hart Council Ken has served as Cabinet Member for Finance and Economic Development and also as Leader of the Council. Most recently he has served as Chairman of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee. He can be contacted via Ken.email@example.com or 01256 702170.
Chris has lived in Hart for 29 years. Since 2008 he’s served on Crondall Parish Council and as Chairman from 2013 to 2021. During that time he worked with a great team to deliver real benefits to the parish, including: a new playground, championed the Neighbourhood Plan and led the fight against inappropriate development, including a Statutory Review at the High Court. He introduced the concept of “Planning Lead” to the Parish Council, pioneered the use of the Speed Indicator Device around the parish and remains the lead for flood mitigation in Crondall.
Chris started his professional career in the Royal Navy and came to work at RAE Farnborough in 1990. He remains a professional engineer and works as a consultant in the Space industry. In 2019 he was elected to represent Odiham ward on Hart District Council, where he wishes to build on previous success and ensure Hart remains a great place for all of us to live. He has 2 growing children so understands the many pressures facing parents and this drives a focus on youth through his appointment on the Odiham Scout District Executive and previous work on the Fleet Area Schools Working Group.
Chris can be contacted via: firstname.lastname@example.org or via 01256 473537
Fun Fact: Chris has donated 63 units of blood and remains on the bone marrow register.J
The local Conservative branch also holds regular drinks, dinner and other events all year round. If you would like to come along to an event - even simply out of curiosity - do get in touch. You can either email us or give the office a ring on (01256) 473537.