Parish Council Members

Here are the members of the Parish Council

Maxine Warr (Parish Clerk)

Maxine was recruited as Clerk to the parish council in March 2008.

A true Caulkhead, she can trace her ancestors on the Island back to 1756. Although originally from Ryde, she now lives in Cowes.

Maxine was delighted to be able to help the parish council to attain Quality Status in August 2008 and hopes she can continue to help them develop in future years.

In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, reading and learning Spanish.

01983 609850

Nigel Phillips (Chairman)

I came to live in Chillerton in 2014 with my wife Gill when she took up employment on the Island where she had spent most of her life before meeting me on the mainland.  Once here I became involved in village life and serve as the Treasurer of the Community Association.

I work as a supply teacher for secondary schools on the Island.

Before coming to the Island I have lived in more places than I care to remember.  I was born in Cornwall and have lived in Scotland, Singapore, Worcestershire, Peterborough, Nottingham and Derbyshire.  I spent many years in the IT industry and followed that with a career as a Science Teacher.  I also spent some years working for the Citizens Advice Bureau in Derbyshire.  I served for some time as a Councillor for the City of Peterborough while living there.

Gill and I have two daughters and a son, all living in the Midlands, but no grandchildren yet. We live here with two little Jack Russell terriers who have us wrapped round their paws.

My hobby is to play wargames with miniature figures, most of which I have painted.  Ask me if you want to know more – it’s great fun!

Area of  Special Responsibility – Chillerton and Gatcombe Community Association representative

01983 721382

Gillian Belben

Gillian was born on the Island and has had a home in the village since 1997. After a career overseas she returned to the Island permanently in 2009. Her involvement in village life began when she took on the role of secretary to the annual Flower Show, run by the Chillerton and Gatcombe Horticultural Society. She is also a founder member of Chillerton Village Market and Cafe which is a cooperative venture, buying and selling local produce, which meets monthly at the Village Hall, or weekly during the summer. Gillian also helped to set up the village allotment at the school, where a group of villagers work together to produce fresh vegetables and flowers for their own use and to sell at the market. She is a walk leader for the IW Walking Festival, running local walks exploring landscape and social history, and is a member of the Isle of Wight Beekeepers Association.

After attending meetings regularly Gillian has now joined the Parish Council, hoping to continue the work of responding to local concerns and interests. Her own interests cover the seven-year Island Roads programme and how it will affect this parish, and in the protection of biodiverse habitats for wildlife.

01983 721519

Register of Interest Gillian Belben

Roland Payn (Sham)

I moved to the Isle Of Wight with my wife, Loraine and daughter Lisa, in 1988, following a spur of the moment snap decision whilst on holiday. We had visited the Island several times previously but, on this occasion whilst on our way home, we popped in to have a look at the then Chillerton Post Office and General Store which we had seen advertised in The County Press. This premises consisted of a front room given over to the business while the rest of the building provided spacious living accommodation. By the time we had returned to our car, our minds were made up and we stopped off at the Estate Agents, on the way home, to put in an offer.

For me the decision involved a change of direction with my career. I been a Deputy Head Teacher in London for six years and was in the process of applying for Headships. However, it had been a dream of ours to move to the countryside so we thought that, at the age of 40, the time was ripe for a change of life. Loraine then took a course in Brighton to become a Post Mistress and I secured a couple of term’s work as a classroom teacher at All Saints Primary School in Freshwater.

We soon adapted to our new home and neighbourhood and got to know a large number of local people very quickly as they passed through our Post Office and Store. Our daughter, Lisa, joined Chillerton Primary School where she stayed for a year before moving on to Nodehill.

It was obvious that the income from our business was fairly limited so I knew I would have to gain more permanent employment. Thus, in 1999, I was accepted as a class teacher at Gurnard Primary school and, within two years, became a Deputy Head Teacher again.

I first became a Parish Councillor in the early 1990s under the chairmanship of Roy Westmore who had the reputation of getting things done. I had heard that he had been the prime mover in getting street lights for Chillerton. At the end of the 1990s he and the Parish Council worked hard to set in motion plans for creating the Village Green. I took on responsibility for liaising with the County Council to try to improve road safety measures in the Village but constantly encountered red tape which ensured change was almost impossible to achieve. Apparently, the same problems continue to exist today. I also checked all the footpaths and bridleways in the Parish, whilst out walking with my dog, and attended IWALC meetings.

In the late 1990s the Chillerton Store was becoming unviable. A declining older generation, who had relied on this particular facility, were disappearing and a younger generation were increasingly drawn to the larger town centre stores. These factors ultimately forced us to close. Loraine kept the Post Office going, for a while, as a Community Office until new rules also created a situation whereby we felt we could, no longer, run our small franchise. That too closed by the end of the Millennium.

In 2000, we sold, what was now purely a house, and moved out of the village to a smaller home in Horringford.

In 2011 my father in law had to be moved into a Care Home leaving his Chillerton bungalow empty. A family arrangement provided us with the opportunity to move in and back to the village again.

Both Loraine’s and my parents followed us to live on the Island during the 1990s and we shared many happy times with them. Inevitably, however, as age related issues arose, we found ourselves increasingly involved in their care. That situation continued for some 16 years until my mother was the last to pass away in 2016.

My brother and sister in law both now have a home on the Island and our daughter and her partner, who live in Ventnor, have provided us with two lovely grandsons.

I took semi-retirement in 2008 and then full retirement in 2013.

Loraine and I are extremely happy to be living in Chillerton again. It is a great community and we feel so at home.

I returned to Chillerton and Gatcombe Parish Council in May, 2017.


Additional information.

  • Loraine and I became friends nearly 55 years ago, while we were at school, although we didn’t actually get together until 36 years ago.
  • Before we moved to the Island, I had first played then coached and refereed rugby football. I also undertook several long distance walks over the rugged terrain of Britain.
  • One of my major interests now is singing and playing the guitar with the Brighstone Barnacles.
  • I keep fit through swimming regularly and the occasional round of golf – which I play badly!
  • I dabble in a bit of water colour painting but it is Loraine who is the artist.
  • I have had a love of motor bikes since I rode one on waste ground when I was about 14. I still ride one today and in that I am in good company in Chillerton were there are quite a number of motor cycle owners.

Area of special responsibility – IWALC representative


Register of Interests – Roland Payn

Peter Whiteman

Born in Shanklin and I live in Shide with my wife Julie, I have 2 two children, 4 grandchildren. I have been retired for 8 years from a senior post within the construction Industry.

Previously, I was a member of Shanklin Town Council where I become Deputy Mayor and also joined Godshill Parish Council.

I was a member of Newport Management Committee which petitioned to get a Newport Parish Council. I was elected to the new council and become its Chairman and Deputy Chair also a member of planning, licensing, transport and tourism. Currently, I am a co-opted governor at Barton Primary School, a trustee at Carisbrooke Castle museum, a member of the IW community-led housing programme board, a committee member of the Island Vecta billiards and snooker league and a member of Ryde British Legion committee.

In addition to the above, I was the 2017-2018 chairman of the IW association of Town and Parish Councils (IWALC). I hope I will be an asset to the council and look forward to working with all your members.

Area of  Special ResponsibilityAssets and Amenities and Deputy IWALC representative

01983 508589


County Councillor for the Central Rural Ward

Steve Hastings

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Brief Biography of Councillor Steve Hastings

 Hello fellow residents of Central Wight.

Having been elected as your Ward Councilor in the By-election (Jan. 2018) I feel honoured and privileged to be representing you in County Hall.

I live in Brighstone with my wife Beverley whose family ties go back many years on the Island and they were from Fishbourne.

Beverley and I first met in Shanklin many years ago.

My background is in industry and commerce having worked for Dimex Ltd, which became part of Yule Cato PLC. I also worked for Medichem International (veterinary products) and set up my own business selling environmentally safe products for cleaning and maintenance, which I ran on the mainland and did some business on the Island. I have now retired and just concentrate on my political life here on the Island.

I was previously a Councillor in Portsmouth before settling on the Island and bringing my wife home to the part of the Island that we both love best.

I am also a Parish Councillor for Newport Central having been elected to the position last May.

Throughout my life I have worked, visited and lived on this wonderful Island and it is now a great pleasure to call this place my home.


All of the councillors would be happy to meet and listen to any Parishioners who have comments, questions and thoughts on how the Parish can be improved.

Please contact them directly or email



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