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Contact details:
The Ilminster Bookshop
10 Silver Street
TA19 0DJ
Offices Held: Vice Chair of Resources

Committees: Planning, Highways & Transport

Outside Bodies: Market Town Investment Group

Declarations of Interest

BURTON, Philip
Contact details:
07800 871201
17 Higher Beacon
TA19 9AJ

Offices Held: Deputy Mayor

Committees: Open Spaces; Planning, Highways & Transport

Outside Bodies: Fairtrade Committee; Ile Valley Children’s Centre (get set group); Ile Youth Centre; Ilminster Tourism;

Declarations of Interest

Contact details:
07938 748601
1 Higher Mead
TA19 0HW

Offices Held: Vice Chair Open Spaces

Committees: Resources

Declarations of Interest

Contact details:
01460 258861
21 Shudrick Lane
TA19 0BN
Offices Held: Vice Chair Planning, Highways & Transport

Committees: Resources

Declarations of Interest

Contact details:
01460 54177
Isle Barn
Winterhay Lane
TA19 9PJ

Offices Held: Mayor

Outside Bodies: Arts Centre; Somerset Association of Local Councils

Declarations of Interest

Moved from Slough to Seavington St Mary in 2004 and then to Ilminster in 2007.  Most of my working life has been spent in London as a business development manager in organisations with public sector interests.  Past President of Ilminster Rotary Club; Past Chair of The Arts Society Neroche South Somerset; Patron of The Warehouse Theatre (Ilminster Entertainments Society) and Ilminster Literary Festival; member of Ilminster Thursday Group, Ilminster Cricket Club and Somerset Wildlife Trust.

GUNN, Michelle
Contact details:
07393 942751
3 Moolham Lane
TA19 0PB

Committees: Resources; Open Spaces

Outside Bodies: Ile Youth Centre; Wadham School Liaison

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.

Contact details:
01460 259546
110 Blackdown View
TA19 0BE

Committees: Open Spaces; Planning, Highways & Transport

Outside Bodies: Chamber of Commerce; Market Town Investment Group (Deputy); Partners & Communities Together (Deputy)

Declarations of Interest

Contact details:
1 Heron Way
TA19 0BX

Offices Held: Chair of Resources

Outside Bodies: Ilminster Fairtrade; Ilminster Literary Festival; Partners & Communities Together

Declarations of Interest

Grew up In South Somerset, family roots go back to 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 represent 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.

Contact details:
10 Hazelwell Lane
TA19 9RP
Committees: Planning, Highways & Transport

Outside Bodies: Dementia Awareness Alliance

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.

Contact details:
01460 55586
55 Ditton Street
TA19 0BW

Offices Held: Chair Planning, Highways & Transport

Outside Bodies: Partners & Communities Together (Deputy)

Declarations of Interest


Contact details:
01460 57238
07790 485377
3 Slades Orchard
Hanning Road
TA19 9SQ

Offices Held: Chair Open Spaces

Committees: Resource

Outside Bodies: Ilminster Education Foundation; Partners & Communities Together

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!

SWANN, Roger
Contact details:
01460 52328
12 Greendale
TA19 0EB

Committees: Resources; Open Spaces

Outside Bodies: Chamber of Commerce (Deputy); Christmas Lights; Greenfylde School Liaison; Ilminster Education Fund; Neroche School;

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.

TAYLOR, Leanne
Contact details:
3 Higher Meadow
TA19 9FL

Committees: Open Spaces; Planning, Highways & Transport

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.

Contact details:
01460 54999
Bay House East
Bay Hill
TA19 0AT

Committees: Resources; Planning, Highways & Transport

Outside Bodies: Chamber of Commerce; Ile Youth Centre; Ilminster Fairtrade (Deputy); Somerset Association of Local Councils; Swanmead School Liaison

Declarations of Interest

Tony moved to Ilminster on his retirement in 2005.  He worked for 25 years with IBM in telecommunications and multimedia systems.  He is a past president of the Rotary Club of Ilminster where, amongst other activities, is involved with Wadham’s practice interviews and reading practice for children at Greenfylde School.  He created the “Ilminster 1000 Years of History” board outside the Co-op.  He is also on the Ilminster Experience committee, a member of Ilminster Probus, the Summervale Patient Participation group and regularly attends The Minster Church.  Tony was a Parish Councillor on Alvanley Parish Council for four years, Gerrards Cross Parish Council for 16 years and is an Ilminster Town Councillor.

WHITE, Frances
Contact details:
7 The Cross
TA19 0EH
Committees: Open Spaces

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 are 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 of 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 interest past and present are Martial Arts, Dancing, Motor Sport – Rallying, Reading and Genealogy.



County Councillor

VIJEH,   Linda3 Rectory Court, Vicarage Hill,
Combe St Nicholas, TA20 3NE
07971 785069

District Councillors

GOODALL, Carol2 Eames Orchard, Ilminster, TA19 0BZ01460 57564
KEITCH, Val1 Heron Way, Ilminster, TA19 0BX07850967503

Councillor Attendance

To see a summary of Councillor attendance please click the links below

Click here to download Attendance – 2013 – 14 Summary

Click here to download Attendance – 2014 – 15 Summary

Click here to download Attendance – 2015 -16 Summary


The Mayor only attends events in an official capacity when they have been formally invited.  Invitations should be addressed to The Mayor c/o The Town Council Offices, North Street, Ilminster, TA19 0DG or sent by e-mail to town.council@ilminster.gov.uk


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