DLRA Committee

Executive Committee

Bertie Bowman

Hon. President

Bertie has served on the Dorset Lake RA Committee for over 44 years.

He joined the Dorset Lake Association Committee (“Dorset Lake” being  an old name for Poole Harbour) as Assistant Secretary in 1974 at which time the Association looked after the welfare of residents in Lilliput, Canford Cliffs, Sandbanks and Lower Parkstone.

The area now covered by Lilliput and Neighbourhood Association is somewhat smaller as depicted on the map elsewhere on our website. Bertie has been involved with very many of the planning applications for the area, one of the more notable and recent being Salterns Marina and Hotel complex.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, although whilst retired, Bertie still enjoys taking a very active part in all local events, with a particular specialism in our area’s planning.

Harry Alexander


Committee Member with responsibility for Open Spaces and Public Rights of Way (PRoWs)

As a Resident of Lilliput, for more than a decade it has been my pleasure to be on the Committee of DLRA, and to be fully involved in the matters which have arisen over this time, especially with Open Spaces + PRoWS.

I am also a volunteer representing the Open Spaces Society (OSS) for Poole & Bournemouth; the OSS is the UK’s senior and oldest Conservation Charity. and various other initiatives, including the founding of Poole Flying Boats Celebration that is so significant to Poole’s local history & to Lilliput.

Everyone living in & around Lilliput will be aware of how aspects of our area can be subject to major change, yet there is still a distinctive Character of ‘chines, pines & perpetual summer’ , the nature of our beaches, promenades & the harbour shoreline, and our Parks & other local Green Open Spaces. There is also a significant network of footpaths, bridleways, cycle & other routes, that have to be maintained to ensure public right of access, safety in use, and also represent ‘joined-up thinking’, so that they can continue to be enjoyed today by various interest groups + be safeguarded for future generations.

Ken Sanson

Ken is a long time member of the DLRA, and is also Chair of the Sandbanks Association, so he provides a depth of knowledge and experience on the locality.

He sits on a variety of the Council’s interest groups, such as the Transport Advisory Group, where he is a valued member. Ken has a keen interest in local history and is Commodore of Poole Flying Boats Celebration (a local educational history charity).

Before retirement, Ken ran and owned a chain of highly successful retail outlets in and around London.

Graham Philip Whitehall

I have lived in Lilliput since October 1984, having moved to take up a lecturing post at the local College and University. I feel passionate about the need to protect the unique character of Lilliput, especially from development which is out of place.

I joined the management committee for DLRA in 2011 and LANA since 2012. I am also a member of the Borough of Poole Planning & Regeneration Department’s Community Working Group for Resident Associations & Community Groups, representing LANA.

I have retired from lecturing, but continue with examining work for the Institute of Commercial Management.

Tom Lomasney

Tom has been living in Lilliput for the last 8 years and prior to moving to the area was a regular visitor during the previous 25 years. Tom took over a tired property and updated it to latest standards, retaining and enhancing the exterior to fit in with local properties.

Whilst keen to see improvements Tom is concerned that some developments are out of character and are not in keeping with the area.