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Councillors

Councillors

 

Leanne Taylor

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leanne.taylor@ilminster.gov.uk

Offices Held: Mayor

Committees: Planning, Highways & Transport, Open Spaces

Outside Bodies: Ilminster Entertainment Society, Arts Centre

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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.

Brian Hamilton

Brian Hamilton crop

brian.hamilton@ilminster.gov.uk

 

 

 

Offices Held: Deputy Mayor

Offices Held: Vice-Chair Resources

Committees: Open Spaces, Resources

Outside bodies: Arts Centre, Market Town Investment Group

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Philip Burton

Mayor Phil Burton v2

philip.burton@ilminster.gov.uk

 

Offices Held: Councillor

Committees: Planning, Highways & Transport, Open Spaces

Outside Bodies: Ilminster Entertainment Society, Arts Centre

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Michelle Gunn
Councillorsmichelle.gunn@ilminster.gov.uk
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.

Ben Jenner-Hurford

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ben.jenner-hurford@ilminster.gov.uk

 

Offices Held: Councillor

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Matt James
Councillors
matt.james@ilminster.gov.uk
Offices Held: Vice-Chair Planning, Highways & Transport Committee

Committees: Resources

Outside Bodies: Chamber of Commerce; Somerset Association of Local Councils, Deputy for Partners and Communities Together

Working Groups: Accommodation; Licence Conditions Negotiations; Neighbourhood Plan Development Group, Land – Herne Hill

Declarations of Interest

Val Keitch
Councillors
val.keitch@ilminster.gov.uk
07850967503
1 Heron Way
Ilminster
TA19 0BX
Offices Held:   Councillor and District Councillor

Committees: Resources

Outside Bodies: Ilminster Fairtrade Committee; Ilminster Literary Festival

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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

ian.mackillop@ilminster.gov.uk

Offices Held: Councillor

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
Councillorsandrew.shearman@ilminster.gov.uk
Offices Held: Chair Planning, Highways & Transport

Committees: Planning, Highways & Transport, Resources

Outside Bodies: Swanmead Community School Liaison, Deputy for Partners and Communities Together

Working Groups: Accommodation; Licence Conditions Negotiations; Cemetery

Declarations of Interest

Stuart Shepherd

 

stuart.shepherd@ilminster.gov.uk

 

Offices Held: 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!

 

Len Wilcock

Len.wilcock@ilminster.gov.uk

Offices Held: Councillor

Committees: Open Spaces, Planning, Highways & Transport

Working Groups:  Rec Users Group

Declarations of Interest

Neil Tinson
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neil.tinson@ilminster.gov.uk
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District Councillors

Val Keitch 

South Somerset District Council

val.keitch@ilminster.gov.uk
07850967503
1 Heron Way, Ilminster TA19 0BX

County Councillor

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Ilminster Town Council
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