Councillors and Staff

Council Staff

Town Clerk : Mrs Judith M. Hart - Click to Email Judith

Town Hall Administrator : Mrs Clair Stevens - Click to email Clair

Town Ranger: Matthew McLeod  - Click to email Matthew

Caretaker : Kiki Sykes

Relief Caretaker:

Maintenance :


Meet your Town Councilors...

With effect from 10th May 2017

If you are interested in becoming a Town Councillor, you can find out more here.

Pam Barrett

Chair of Town Council and Town Mayor
•Finance Committee
•Tourism, Recreation and Economic Development Committee
•Planning, Environment and Transport Committee

Pam Barrett"I want to make sure we protect the things that make Buckfastleigh special – especially our amazing wildlife and landscape.

I’d like to help more people get involved in the running of their town, supporting projects that really make a difference.

I’m very much involved in the running of our pool and the building of the new skate park and play area and I want more people to visit our town to see what a great place it is. "

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Ron Fox

•Planning, Environment and Transport Committee
•Tourism, Recreation and Economic Development

Ron Fox"I've lived in & worked in and around Buckfastleigh since 1970 and married to Jay, I have brought up my five children in the town.

I have been an active member of Friends Of Buckfastleigh School & the local Amateur Dramatic Group and have been very actively involved in the campaign to save the pool where all of my children learned to swim - I will be part of the team overseeing the renovations that will mean the pool can re-open in May.

I share the ambition to see our town council working and co-operating with you, the residents, to make the most of our town. "

Janet Jones

Deputy Chair of Town Council and Deputy Town Mayor
•Planning, Environment and Transport Committee - Chair

Janet Jones"In 1969 I arrived in Buckfastleigh to teach in the primary school, where later on I became chair of the governors. Trefor and I married settled in the town and with our 2 daughters started to become actively involved in many community groups. As a family we had fun, and a few tears, on the Carnival committee, FOBS, the Majorettes, the Pantomime group, the cubs and others. As a family we have always been involved with the St. Luke's church. I am branch leader for the Mothers Union. Until my retirement I worked as an Educational Welfare Officer.

In recent years I have been involved in The Children’s Centre, Home Start, the renovation of the War Memorial and Buckfastleigh Town Council. As chair of the planning group I have been working with TDC and Dartmoor national park, to ensure planning regulations are adhered to and the community feel that have been listened to over their planning applications.

I firmly believe that with team work we can achieve what we want for our town of Buckfastleigh "

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Linus McCloskey

•Planning, Environment and Transport Committee                                                                                                                                                                              •Finance Committee

Linus McCloskey"I have lived in Buckfastleigh for five years & have enjoyed putting down roots; my wife works in the town library and our son attends the local primary school. My background is in grass-roots community work & in affordable housing. I worked as a Community Support Worker for the CAB in Devonport, and then spent 16 years improving family incomes as a Welfare Benefits Advisor covering the social housing sector across Devon.

Recently I have been working with a charity, enabling people to access affordable private rented homes.

Now semi-retired, I have the energy and commitment to listen to & work with the people of Buckfastleigh to help improve our local community, homes & quality of life. "

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Simon Rines

•Tourism, Recreation and Economic Development Committee - Chair

Simon Rines"I am the chair of the Neighbourhood Plan steering group, working with other local people to produce a positive, ambitious plan for the Parish. I am also involved in the Buckfastleigh Community Forum and ran the press campaign in the fight to stop Whitecleaves Quarry becoming an industrial waste dump.

I run a publishing company specialising in sport business from an office in Buckfastleigh ."

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Dan Simpson

•Tourism, Recreation and Economic Development Committee

Dan Simpson"As a Buckfastleigh business owner, I am passionate about promoting 'buy local’ & believe strongly in the promotion of tourism in our town &  feel we could shout louder about what we have to offer. I have recently taken on the role of Chairperson for a newly formed Buckfastleigh Lamb Pie Day committee & Christmas Fair Day for the town.

There are lots of fantastic groups doing very positive things for our town - I want to bring these together to form something stronger & more knowledgeable. As one of the new Landlords of the Globe Inn, I’m always on hand to listen to the views of our locals. "

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Pamela Forbes

•Planning, Environment and Transport Committee

Pamela-Forbes_headnshoulders"Born in London, I have lived in Buckfastleigh for 26 years. Always involved in local charities, functions and concerns. I'm very committed to a 'fair deal' for small and less affluent communities like Buckfastleigh and feel a necessity to pursue the reasons why certain things are considered unaffordable.

I also have concerns regarding the emotional needs of the lonely elderly and hope to be able to put my points to the council to consider transport where, at the moment, there is none.

My interests are, in particular, cookery, gardening, music and wildlife. I have two sons, two dogs and one grand daughter."

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Fanny Jackson

•Tourism, Recreation and Economic Development Committee
•Finance Committee

Fanny Jackson"I am a local independent woman, not tied into party politics and free to represent your needs and aspirations.

I am a trained playwright, performance artist and mother of two.

I grew up and went to school in Plymouth.

I am passionate about Buckfastleigh, its history, its strength that it has kept its ordinary men and women."

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Mark Maish

•Planning, Environment and Transport Committee
•Finance Committee

Mark Maish"I am a family man with my six year old son attending our local primary school. I have been actively involved with Buckfastleigh Community Forum and also Friends Of Buckfastleigh School.

My aim is to help make our Town Council a central focus for the whole community, open, transparent and fully democratic - actively representing the views of our community in a positive light."

Greg Porter

•Tourism, Recreation and Economic Development Committee
• Finance


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Neil Smith

•Finance Committee
•Tourism, Recreation and Economic Development Committee

Neil Smith"As Founding Chair of the Buckfastleigh Community Forum, I helped organise the Parish Poll in 2012. I am also involved with Buck-the-Trend (Buckfastleigh Transition Town) & lecture in economics at Plymouth University.

I want to see more transparent & participatory local democracy & ensure the council makes a strong stand for the town’s interests in local government.

Despite the dramatic cuts in services still being handed down by the County & District Councils, Buckfastleigh is a great place to live, and there are many fantastic opportunities for the town to thrive with a little support from an active town council & local community."

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Andy Stokes

•Finance Committee - Chair
•Planning, Environment and Transport Committee

Andy Stokes"I'm Secretary of Buck The Trend (Buckfastleigh Transition Town)  the local community/ environmental group & a member of the Buckfastleigh Neighbourhood Plan steering group -  I am chairing a group that is engaging with the young people of the town to find out their vision of the future. I’ve also been involved in the campaign to keep Buckfastleigh's (& Devon's) libraries open.

An ex-teacher in further and higher education, I am presently a self-employed web developer and a volunteer counsellor.

I want to find ways to encourage all of us to get involved in running our community & planning a better future for ourselves & our children."

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Council Representation on other local organisations:-

Buckfastleigh Communty Development Project (Trust) – Cllr Fanny Jackson
Friends of Buckfastleigh Library – Cllrs Janet Jones & Pamela Forbes
Buckfastleigh Wildspace – Cllrs Janet Jones & Fanny Jackson
Buckfast Village Hall – Cllr Janet Jones
Whitecleave Quarry Liaison Group – Cllrs Mark Maish and Simon Rines

You can view the register of Councillors' pecuniary interests on the Teignbridge District Council website here

Are you interested in becoming a Town Councillor? Contact us using our contact page here