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Liz Warren

Liz Warren

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.

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Phil Bradbury

Phil Bradbury

I have lived and worked in Devon since moving here in 1973 and in Sidford for nine years and now in retirement have an organic farm in the Sid Valley with a flock of rare breed sheep and two horses which keep me very busy.
I qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in the Geomatics Division, hence my love of mapping and the outdoors. I am life member of the SVA and coordinator for the P3 Parish Paths Partnership and with a group of hardy volunteers help to maintain the 60 miles of public footpaths in the Sid Valley, from those in Sidmouth Town to Putts Corner in the north and beyond Salcombe Regis to the East.

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Kate Tobin

Kate Tobin

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.

Nigel Hyman

Nigel Hyman

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.

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Richard Huntington

Richard Huntington

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.

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SVA Publications with John Dowell

John Dowell

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.

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Peter Brookes

Peter Brookes

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.

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Brian Golding

Brian Golding

A mathematician by training, I have worked in weather forecasting research since leaving university. As well as developing improved prediction methods, my research has encompassed the impacts of weather in many aspects of human life: from aviation and the military to flooding and health, with my current focus being on international disaster reduction. My wife and I moved to Sidmouth twelve years ago, when the Met Office headquarters moved from Bracknell to Exeter. I am a churchwarden at Sidmouth Parish Church, a founder member of the Vision Group for Sidmouth and a member of the Science Festival team. Since arriving in Sidmouth, my interest in local history has grown from researching the origin of a house name to writing books on the Street Names of Sidmouth, on Sidmouth in the First World War, and on the history of the Church.

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