Handel Bennett, SVA President


Married to Joan, spent 30 years in the travel industry, concerned for Heritage and Conservation.

Retired priest, joined SVA 1999, Chairman 2004-10, President from 2013.

Alan Darrant, Chairman of SVA


My wife and I have lived in Sidmouth since 2001, and we have four grown up daughters. I started working life with the Port of London Authority, but after a few years switched to teaching, retiring after nineteen years as head of a large primary school.

I was secretary of the SVA for six years before becoming chairman, and am also chairman of the Abbeyfield Court house committee, one of three Abbeyfield houses in Sidmouth. I played cricket for a few seasons with the Sidmouth club until my knees informed me I was no longer a youngster. I now channel my energies into the garden.

Ed Harrison

Vice Chairman

I am a native of Bristol and moved to Exeter in 1969 on qualifying as a Chartered Surveyor. I commenced practice in Sidmouth in 1979. I am married to Christine and we have two sons, two granddaughters and one grandson. Hobbies include yachting and walking.

Neville Staddon

Hon Treasurer

Devonian born in North Devon moved to Sidmouth in 1954 employed by the former Sidmouth Urban District. Career all in local government finance. Appointed Deputy Treasurer to the newly established East Devon District Council in 1974 and retired as Treasurer in 1994. Chairman of the SVA investment committee, which includes responsibility for investing the Keith Owen legacy.