Cllr Melanie Whitehand, Chairman

Melanie has lived in Woking for twenty years. She is married with two girls who both now live and work away from home. Melanie was brought up in Bethnal Green in East London and she attended Spitalfield’s Girls Grammar School located in the City of London. Upon leaving school she joined Barclays Bank in their Head Office also in the City. Later in life she worked in the health sector in various administrative positions. She had the opportunity to live in Germany for some years as a result of her husband’s position within his company.

Melanie has done much voluntary work in the communities she has lived in. This included organizing and assisting with volunteer drivers taking old people to hospital appointments, as chairman of the school PTA organizing fund raising events, being a ‘class room reader assistant’. She was also in the British Wives Club in Germany where she helped with various charitable fund raising and social events. Incidentally she also found time to learn to speak German.

Melanie strongly believes that councillors are here to act on their ward residents' behalf. The residents come first in her book. Indeed, since being elected in 2007 she has championed some difficult and contentious causes. A notable success being the gaining of commitment to finish off the housing in Coresbrook Way so that the residents can see their estate completed. Melanie has also managed to get the attention of builders of the Brookwood Hospital Estate to work with Woking council to ensure, after a long period of neglect, that the roads are adopted for repair and maintenance.


Melanie was elected Chairman in March 2017 and was previously Deputy Chairman Political.

She has also been a Borough Councillor for Knaphill since 2007.