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I have lived in East Budleigh since we bought our house in October 2001 - over 20 years - which is a long time for a forces family who have moved 21 times in our married life! I worked for many years as a medical secretary until retraining as an Operating Department Practitioner and have continued to work for the RD&E hospital in this role since qualifying 4 years ago. I have recently been seconded to Exmouth Community Hospital where I work in the Day Case Unit, part time. Andrew and I have 3 adult children who all now live in London but our daughter chose to get married this summer in East Budleigh Church which was a joy.
I am a volunteer at the Community Shop. I now am in the shop on alternate Sundays when Andrew and I do the papers and a split shift over the morning.
I am secretary to the Tennis Club Committee, being delighted to support sport and outdoor activity in the village. We have some wonderful facilities which is a real bonus for East Budleigh.
I am on the Committee of the Friends of All Saints, and actively engaged in the organising of events to fund-raise to maintain the fabric of the church. I am usually to be found running the Duck Race stall at the Scarecrow Festival. I will happily contribute my time and effort to any local initiative that I am invited to join in with and plan to be involved with the development of our community pub, the Sir Walter Raleigh. I care about my friends and neighbours and I care about this lovely village.
I have lived in East Budleigh since 2014 with my husband and now 4 year old daughter, having both moved from very different parts of the country. I am a Chartered Civil Engineer specialising in Coastal and Maritime Engineering, so anything from coastal defences through to global maritime logistics. My current role takes me away from the village as an Engineering Manager for a Naval Base, responsible for a much wider Civils scope.
My interests include anything related to the sea, whether that be just a good walk on the beach or getting the paddle board out on a nice day.
John was co-opted in December 2019
He was born in Exeter in 1948 and has lived in East Budleigh since 1994. After gaining a Zoology degree, he worked for the RSPCA for 42 years, beginning as an Inspector in the East End of London, becoming Regional Superintendent for the South and South West Region.
He has been involved with the East Budleigh Community Shop since 2009, chairing the Management Committee for five years. He is currently the Company Secretary and Vice-Chair and maintans the War Memorial garden.
He is keen to promote and develop this sense of community and he would like to see the Parish Council continue its support and encouragement.
Mike Smith is retired. He has lived in East Budleigh since 2000.
He was born in the Midlands, mainly working in the motor industry.
When he moved to Exmouth 30 years ago, he set up his own small garage.
He has also been a postman for a short while.
"I love the village I live in, and find it very rewarding being on the Parish Council".
Mike is your contact for matters concerning Dogs
I was born in the colliery village of Thurcroft in South Yorkshire and graduated from Birmingham University in 1973. My early career was in technical and contract management, spending 21 years working for NCB/British Coal. This career brought me to Exeter in 1991. I relocated from Nottinghamshire to Hazel Court in Kersbrook (at the boundary edge of the Parish), with my late partner Sandra Smith (who died in 2006 and is buried in the East Budleigh graveyard.) We came to love this part of East Devon and acted as a host family for mature students coming to the Accent language school at Bicton College. After my corporate days I retrained at Bicton as a horticulturist and I was involved in the Walled Kitchen garden restoration at NT Knightshayes for its first 5 years.
In retirement, I have served as a Trustee for the Devon Gardens Trust (for 3 terms of three years). The latter was as Chairman of the Conservation Committee and overseeing their role as a statutory consultee on planning maters. As a past member of the NP working group I feel it is important that the PC uphold the policies expressed therein. I am particularly keen on the importance of education (at all levels and time of life), the future of Bicton College and young gardeners, as well as the historic landscape of the Parish.
Derek was brought up on a farm in Gittisham and started work in the very early days of IT in Exeter. This career path led him to various parts of the UK and abroad - working on contract to the EU. He eventually returned to the West Country and worked exclusively in Local Government at senior and director level being responsible for many support areas including property, IT, procurement, fleet, finance, legal (contracts) and project management.
After 27 years living in Exmouth, Derek retired with his wife Lesley to East Budleigh in 2014. Lesley is involved with the community shop and Derek wishes to work with fellow members of the Council as a cohesive team in supporting the parish in the professional, ethical and fully accountable manner that the people and many volunteers of this super parish deserve.
I care deeply about the Parish and its development and vaslue the decisdion making rile of the Parish Council.
Having lived in East Budleigh with my family since 1967, and before that in Knowle Village, I have an understanding and deep commitment of the Parish. I have contributed to many initiatives.
Over the years, I have become the Village Historain, having accuulated a great deal of knowledge on the historical development of the village. I am commited to the conservation of cultural heritage of the village. I was instrumental in saving the Salem Chapel from dereliction and was awarded the British Empire Medal for my work. I am a founding member of the East Budleigh wildlife group.