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Councillors

Councillors

 

Philip Burton
Mayor Phil Burton v2ITCphilipburton@gmail.com
07800 871201
17 Higher Beacon
Ilminster
TA19 9AJ
Offices Held: Mayor

Committees: Resources

Outside Bodies: Ilminster Fairtrade Committee

Working Groups: Accommodation; Licence Conditions Negotiations;

Declarations of Interest

Stuart Shepherd
Councillors
stuartshepherd79@gmail.com07790 485377
Offices Held: Vice-Chair Resources

Committees: Planning, Highways & Transport, Resources, Open Spaces

Outside Bodies: Ilminster Education Foundation; Partners & Communities Together; Somerset Association of Local Councils

Working Groups: Accommodation; Rec Users Group; Neighbourhood Plan Development Group

Declarations of Interest

Lived and worked in the Ilminster area for over 65 years.  Owned and managed the Shrubbery for 52 years.  Educated at Ilminster Boys Grammar School and University of Surrey (previously Battersea College of Advanced Technology).  Has been and remains a member of many organisations in the town; mainly service or sports clubs.  Past National President of the National Association of Round Tables in Britain and Ireland, Past Master of two local Masonic Lodges, currently President of The Somerset Cricket League and Ilminster Cricket Club.  Chair of Governors of Wadham School and busier in retirement than when working!

Helen Lancaster

IMG 20210409 092615 Cllr Helen Lancaster

helenalancaster111@gmail.com

07584 081544

Offices Held:

Committees: Open Spaces, Resources

Outside Bodies:

Working Groups: 

 

Michelle Gunn
Councillorsgunntowncouncil@icloud.com
07393 942751
Offices Held: Chair of Open Spaces Committee

Committees: Open Spaces, Planning, Highways & Transport

Outside Bodies: Ile Youth Club; Wadham School Liaison

Working Groups:  Cemetery; Local Council Award Scheme; Rec Users Group; Neighbourhood Plan Development Group

Declarations of Interest

I was born and raised in Ilminster.  After a 27-year career in the Royal Navy, I now hope to bring my enthusiasm and experience to bear for the benefit of my home town.  My aim is to ensure that Ilminster remains a beautiful and vibrant market town of which all residents, young and old, can be rightly proud.

Brian Hamilton
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brian.hamilton@southsomerset.gov.uk9 Greenfylde Close
Ilminster TA19 9FJ
Offices Held:

Committees: Open Spaces, Resources

Working Groups:

Declarations of Interest

Ben Jenner-Hurford

Ben Jenner Hurford1 photo

Ben@nooble.co.uk

71 Summerlands Park Ave, Ilminster, TA19 9BU

 

Offices Held: Councillor

Committees:

Outside Bodies:

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Matt James
Councillors
mcjitc@gmx.co.uk
01460 259546
Offices Held: Chair Resources Committee, Vice-Chair Planning, Highways & Transport Committee

Committees: Planning, Highways & Transport; Resources

Outside Bodies: Chamber of Commerce; Market Town Investment Group; Somerset Association of Local Councils

Working Groups: Accommodation; Licence Conditions Negotiations; Neighbourhood Plan Development Group

Declarations of Interest

Val Keitch
Councillors
valkiitc@yahoo.com
07850967503
1 Heron Way
Ilminster
TA19 0BX
Offices Held:   

Committees: Resources

Outside Bodies: Ilminster Fairtrade Committee; Ilminster Literary Festival

Declarations of Interest

Grew up in South Somerset, family roots go back to the early 1900’s.  Moved back in 2003 after a career  spent in Criminal Justice settings.  Set up the award winning Community Justice Panel.  Elected to South Somerset District Council (SSDC) in 2015,  currently chair of Area West committee and elected SSDC Leader from 1 September 2018.  Retains a keen interest in Restorative Practices.  A committee member at Vaughan Lee Care Home, Ilminster Fairtrade Committee and represents the Town Council on Ilminster Literary Festival Committee and Chair of Partners and Communities Together meeting.  Very keen to see Ilminster develop in a sustainable way for future generations.

Ian Mackillop

ianmackillop19@gmail.com
01460 259610
07765 941715

Offices Held:

Committees: Planning, Highways & Transport

Outside Bodies: Dementia Awareness Alliance; Local Council Award Scheme

Declarations of Interest

Although born in Dorset, I have been resident in Ilminster since 2003.  Our greatest challenge as councillors is the ongoing withdrawal of the Rate Support Grant which is bound to put our services under pressure.  I fully intend to make every effort to defend them.

Andrew Shearman
Councillors
55 Ditton Street
Ilminster
TA19 0BW
Offices Held: Chair Planning, Highways & Transport

Committees: Planning, Highways & Transport, Resources

Outside Bodies: Swanmead Community School Liaison

Working Groups: Accommodation; Licence Conditions Negotiations; Cemetery

Declarations of Interest

Roger Swann
Councillors
rogerswann@hotmail.com
01460 52328
12 Greendale
Ilminster
TA19 0EB
Offices Held: Vice-Chair Open Spaces Committee

Committees: Open Spaces, Planning, Highways & Transport

Outside Bodies: Deputy for Chamber of Commerce; Christmas Lights; Greenfylde First School Liaison; Ilminster Education Foundation; Neroche Community Primary School Liaison

Working Groups: Cemetery; Rec Users Group;

Declarations of Interest

I have been associated with the town for over fifty years and have lived in Ilminster for over forty.  A schoolmaster by profession, I have had a life- long interest in education; P.T.A. and Chair of Governors at Greenfylde, Chair of Governors at Swanmead and, at present, Chairman of I.E.F.
During my approximately fifteen years on the council I have chaired the Open Spaces Committee and risen to the dizzy heights of Mayor.
I continue to care about the town and look to support any measures which will enhance the life and well-being of its citizens.

Leanne Taylor
1 LEANNE
leanneslingo@yahoo.co.uk
01460 53151
0771505309
3 Higher Meadow
Ilminster
TA19 9FL
Offices Held: Deputy Mayor

Committees: Planning, Highways & Transport, Open Spaces

Outside Bodies: Ilminster Entertainment Society

Declarations of Interest

Moved to Ilminster from Milton Keynes in 2017. Has worked in a variety of capacities for NatWest Bank PLC, BT and the Open University. Most recently as a lecturer and Personal Tutor at Milton Keynes College. Currently working part time at Yeovil College.
Interests include: theatre, art, music and getting out and about to explore my new surroundings here in the SW.  Passionate about supporting wildlife, access to countryside, young people, the homeless and our local community groups.

Frances White
Councillors
whitefran888@gmail.com
01460 54356
07762405873
7 The Cross
Ilminster TA19 0EH
Offices Held:

Committees: Open Spaces, Resources

Outside Bodies: Ilminster Tourism

Working Groups: Accommodation; Rec Users Group;

Declarations of Interest

I was born and brought up in Yeovil and moved to Ilminster in 1990.  I have worked for various companies doing accounts work, 35 years of these were within the construction industry.
My interests are in securing our open spaces for the future and enjoy walking our lovely Herne Hill and surrounding fields and cycle path.  I became a voluntary Walk Leader for SSDC walking for health scheme and started a walk in Ilminster in the summer of 2016, now with further volunteers, we have two walks in the town for different levels of fitness.
I studied later in life to be a dog trainer and behaviourist and do this now as a hobby, other interests past and present are: Martial Arts, dancing, motor sport – rallying, reading and genealogy. 

Len Wilcock

Lenwilcock1@aol.com
07801 535658
19 Walrond Court

Ilminster TA19 0HN

Offices Held:

Committees: Open Spaces, Planning, Highways & Transport

Working Groups:  Rec Users Group

Declarations of Interest

District Councillors

Brian Hamilton 

South Somerset District Council

brian.hamilton@southsomerset.gov.uk

01460 53918

9 Greenfylde Close, Ilminster TA19 9FJ

Val Keitch 

South Somerset District Council

valkiitc@yahoo.com
07850967503
1 Heron Way, Ilminster TA19 0BX

County Councillor

Linda Vijeh

lindavijeh@hotmail.com

07971 785069

3 Rectory Court, Vicarage Hill, Combe St Nicholas TA20 3NE

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