My parents moved to Sidmouth 45 years ago so I have been a regular visitor for many years. Before retiring and moving here in 2011, I was CEO and Company Secretary for a Shropshire charity which was part of a national network.
I have worked alongside numerous volunteers and have experience of the constitutional matters of running a charity. Much of my work was involved with seeking grants to maintain and develop services, it is now a privilege to be a member of the Keith Owen Grants Committee which awards grants to local groups and charities.
I grew up in Mid Devon before studying French in Birmingham and going on to manage nature reserves in Hampshire. My husband Scott and I moved back in 2004 when my two sons were toddlers to give them the Devon childhood I had loved. I have worked in rural land management for over 25 years and now work for the Forestry Commission, covering woodland policy in the South West.
I am passionate about Sidmouth's natural environment, history and connection with the sea, and enjoy walking, gardening and kayaking, as well as helping out with wildlife projects in Sidmouth, especially the SVA's Peaslands Knapp nature reserve. I have been a member of the Keith Owen Fund grants committee since it began in 2008.
I was a Chartered Engineer, and worked for 40 years with an international consultancy firm. I travelled extensively and lived in several different countries in my career. I retired in 2008 and came to Sidmouth with my wife, an ex-teacher, attracted by the town, sea, and surrounding beautiful countryside. My interests are in the built environment and activities such as croquet, golf, the sea and walking.
I am a retired consultant neurologist and have lived in Sidmouth since 2006. I have helped in the Museum, which includes being one of the town walk leaders, giving talks and writing articles about the town, since 2010 and became Curator in 2015.
I moved to Salcombe Regis in 2001 after living in Warwickshire for most of my life. I was born in Surrey and educated at Dulwich College. I briefly went to Reading Uni to study agriculture and spent my practical year at Yarcombe. I then worked in IT for my entire life but never lost my love of the countryside and particularly this area. My parents lived here from 1985-2014 and would bring us on holiday here regularly, hence my familiarity with it.
I started my working life in town planning and ended up planning one town for one week of the year as Director of Sidmouth Folk Festival in the 1980s. Since then I have worked in graphics and printing and now lead the SVA’s publications team.
My wife and I haved lived in Sidbury for over twenty years. As a chartered civil engineer, I moved to Devon to help project manage the South West’s Clean Sweep programme to improve the quality of the bathing waters around our coastline. I am an active member of the Sidbury community, and Sid Valley Rotary club of which I am a founder member. We are always stunned by the beauty of the Devon coast and countryside, and particularly the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which we must do all we can to preserve.