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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.