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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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Val Huntington

Val Huntington

I moved to Sidmouth from Warwickshire in 2004, having spent many holidays with my parents in law who lived here. My early career was in research of vegetable diseases. After having children, I returned to work in the retail side of horticultural and then most recently, for a large international charity.  I joined the SVA as I have a keen  interest in the ecology and conservation of this beautiful valley. My hobbies (not surprisingly!) are gardening,  gig rowing and walking the many wonderful footpaths in the vale.

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Brian Hall

Brian Hall

I trained as an engineer, but switched into management and became a Company Secretary, finishing in one of the Divisions of British Aerospace.
That brought redundancy and then went into the trade association for the aircraft industry.

My wife and I then retired to Sidmouth, where we have been happily for nearly twenty years.

Joining the SVA, I became embroiled in town-planning issues until Richard Thurlow arrived and became happy to take over.

Following the death of Denzil Taylor, then our President , I was delighted to fill the slot he vacated, representing the SVA on the AONB Partnership. l have very strong leanings toward
the principles espoused by the AONB ethos.

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Andrew Scott

Andrew Scott

Andrew retired to Sidmouth in 2003, after a career in financial services.  He took over as SVA's membership secretary in 2008 and is responsible for maintaining the Association's record of members' names, addresses and contact details.  With the help of an enthusiastic band of more than 70 helpers, he also organises the thrice yearly distribution of magazines. His main personal interest lies with choral singing, being a member of the Parish Church choir and of Sidmouth Choral Society.

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Stephen Pemberton

Stephen Pemberton

We moved here to Sidmouth in 2016. We had been coming for many years, to the Folk Festival and for long weekend breaks. My son first came here when he was 4 months old. It felt like home before we arrived and has felt like home since being here.
I have worked in Health and Social Care Consultancy having qualified and practised in Professional Social Work. I have worked in the Public Sector at various levels, settings and across many specialisms. My areas of expertise include Children and Young People’s Safeguarding, Adult Safeguarding, Mental Health, Multi-Agency Supervision and Practice, Commissioning and Strategic Development. 
In coming to Sidmouth I felt I should ‘do my bit’, signed up with the SVA, Museum Town Walks and take an interest in local and regional affairs.  

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