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.

Richard Fleet

Hon Treasurer

I retired from full-time work at the end of 2013 and moved to Sidmouth from Hertfordshire a few months  later.

My entire working life was spent in tax, initially as an Inland Revenue employee but for the most part in industry.  For the last 20 years of my working life, in addition to my tax role, I managed two pension schemes and am still a trustee of one of them.

For most of my adult life I was a keen tournament bridge player and was fortunate enough to represent England on several occasions.  I no longer play but recently wrote a book on the history of tournament bridge.

I am married to Debbie and we have four furry feline children.