Claire Critchison (nee Whittington) is a 6th generation descendant of this ward, having lived in Chale and Niton all of her life and have brought her family up in the two villages. She is passionate about the South Wight of the Island and volunteers for a range of local clubs, projects, charities and community groups including being a Girlguiding Leader of the 1st Niton Rainbows and Brownies and Chair of the fundraising committee for Niton Primary School (FONS).
From being a community champion and speaking up for local issues Claire enjoys being part of Island life and if elected she would represent residents to get the best outcomes for all. She works well with others regardless of their political alliances and would not be influenced when making decisions or voting on Island issues.
Claire’s career in Event Management for over 15 years with the Isle of Wight Council, then working for Island companies and more recently running her own hospitality business ensures that she has the experience, skills and ability to challenge others and ensure vital services and facilities which are a priority for the ward areas.
Claire was selected by the Isle of Wight Green Party in both 2017 and 2021 as the best person to represent the party for Chale, Niton & Shorwell. Residents should have confidence that she would be a great choice to represent this rural community at County Hall. Claire would be a strong voice on tourism, education, infrastructure, planning and prosperity of our Island.