I moved into Olchard in 2006 with my wife after we both retired from the NHS in London. I served for 37 years with the London Ambulance Service. During the last 10 years of service with the LAS, I came 'off the road' and served as an Operational Shift Manager and general administrator responsible for three stations and 130 staff.
My interests include basic DIY, reading, gardening, puzzles and crosswords, and walking the dog. We also belong to the Cinnamon Trust and have worked for them for the last 8 years. I would like to make a contribution to the Parish by serving on the Council and taking an interest in the local area.
Since moving to Ideford over twenty years ago, I have enjoyed involvement with various aspects of village and Parish life. Now fully retired from teaching, I continue to run the Ideford Art Group and serve on the Village Hall Committee and Parochial Church Council. My interests are painting and photography, my animals and daily contact with friends and parishioners in this small but vibrant community. I am proud to be a representative of the Parish on our Council. Being Chairman brings added responsibilities, and I trust I bring balance and fairness to our lively and informative discussions. Listening to all views is so important, but sometimes we need to make decisions and express views that are not always popular, however, as a Councillor I believe in a `level playing field` where rules and laws should apply to us all. We have a lively and open council where everyone is encouraged to attend. If there are matters you would like to discuss, please contact me.
My Family and I moved into Ideford in 2008, having bought a property the year before. We originally moved to Devon in 2005 and lived at Ugbrooke Park, so not too far away, but soon fell in love with the village. Jane and I both work as Vets in the local area. I work full time as a partner in a mixed practice based in Newton Abbot and Jane part time based in Kingsteignton. We have 2 children, Rupert and Imogen. We have both been brought up in small village communities and therefore know how important it is to help each other and keep the village thriving. I also believe it is very important to give something back so I have been a Parish Councillor since 2009. We try to contribute as much to the village as we can, in the hope that this is the place where our children will grow up and hopefully look to stay and be proud of their community. I feel I am open and approachable so anyone is welcome to contact me with any problems or concerns
I grew up in the Teign Valley and Exeter. When we married we lived in South Wales for 10 years and then moved home to Devon in 1982. First to Stokeinteignhead and then Ideford. I am still involved with the family business - Teign Valley Nursery - with my brother. I am kept busy with 4 young grandchildren, an elderly Mother, a large garden and energetic Labrador! I feel my local "roots" and interests could be of some help to the Parish we so enjoy living in.
There have been six generations of my Romany family past and present that have lived in Ideford village over the last one hundred and thirty years, several attended Ideford school, including myself and my siblings until it closed. I have done cold calling selling flowers and horse manure with my late grandmother who had a hawkers licence, I have worked on many farms picking fruit, vegetables and poultry and also had a donkey ride business at Dawlish Warren for eighteen years. I met my husband when I was sixteen and have been married for thirty two years; I have two sons and a daughter. I am co-chair of the Gypsy and Traveller forum at Teignbridge District Council. We travel to all the Romany fairs, I am very proud to be the first of the generations to be on the Parish Council, my hobbies are horse riding and walking.
"I was brought up in Teignbridge, attending Bovey Tracey Primary School and South Dartmoor Secondary, before going to Exeter College. 11 years ago I moved to Exeter to train to be a Geography teacher. After finishing my PGCE I ended up getting a job in the University, working in a variety of different roles. Community participation is really important to me and I regularly volunteer. I've been a trustee at two charities, been an independent member for standards at Exeter City Council and active with the Exeter Cycling Campaign.
I started working at the Devon Association of Local Councils in March and decided to apply to be the clerk for Ideford, a beautiful parish with a strong and active community. I'm really looking forward to learning more about the area and I hope I can make a positive difference to the work of the council."