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Chairman's Biography

Chairman of the Council

Councillor Melville Kendal was elected to New Forest District Council in 1995 and Hampshire County Council in 1997.

He was Leader of New Forest District Council for over 6 years and a founder member of the New Forest National Park Board as Vice Chairman. 

At the County Council he has been a cabinet member for the last 12 years and is currently Executive Member for Economic Development at the County, advising on revenue and capital items as well as economic growth matters in Hampshire.

He has been reappointed to the New Forest National Park Board from 2017.

He is a past Chairman of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Local Government Association.

He was chair of the Association of European Regions Energy Working Group where he authored a paper on Electric Vehicle Charging connectors which led to the EU standardisation of charging points throughout the European regions which enables travel by any electric vehicle throughout Europe without having to carry many different cables. It  also meant that Hampshire could safely begin installing only one type of new electric points for vehicles.

He represents Hampshire County Council on a number of outside bodies including the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Local Government Association.

 

Updated: 21 May 2018
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