Members of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group
Tony Goddard - Chairman
I have enjoyed a varied career in the legal profession, both in the UK and abroad, culminating in 45 years in practice as a solicitor in the South Hams until my retirement in October 2015. I married my late wife Gill, a director of Evans Estates Limited, and moved to live in Bantham in 1981. I have been a parish councillor for the past 6 years and have been privileged to set up and act as Chairman of the Steering Group. I am determined to ensure that the Neighbourhood Plan will properly represent the views and aspirations of all sections of the parish community.
Sue Crowther – Project Director
I moved to Thurlestone a year ago, attracted by the beaches and infinite number of dog walks. My husband is a Devonian who wanted to return to his roots and we had enjoyed many visits to the area over the last 25 years. I started my career as a television producer/director in current affairs and documentaries in the UK and US. I then had a major career change after my daughter was born and qualified as a solicitor, specialising for the last 17 years in planning and environmental law. I was Vice Chairman of the parish council and planning portfolio holder where we used to live in Berkshire. I trust that my expertise as a planning solicitor will be of assistance to the Steering Group and the community in the preparation of the Neighbourhood Plan for the parish.
I have been visiting the parish on a regular basis for over 40 years and I have lived in Thurlestone for 14 years, after retiring from my career as a chartered surveyor. My wife and I are active members of the community. I am a past Chairman of the Parish Hall and current Chairman of the Parish of Thurlestone Society, and she is the current President of Thurlestone WI and Chairman of the Bridge Club. Our three children have all loved visiting the parish since they were born and I hope that my work on the Neighbourhood Plan will ensure the future of a viable, vibrant community in this AONB, allowing them, their children and countless thousands of others to continue to enjoy it as we have.
My career, which started in marketing, involved a number of senior board directorships with international companies, during which time, I and my family came to know the Thurlestone Parish area and holidayed in Bantham for 37 years. I owned a holiday cottage in Bantham for 25 years and moved to West Buckland 8 years ago, so have experience of both holiday and permanent residency. I am a member of the Bantham Sailing Club and Thurlestone Golf Club. I want to ensure that we have a vibrant sustainable community in an area of natural beauty which should be enjoyed by all who live and visit here.
Following a career in brand management, I moved to Thurlestone in 1977, later becoming a company director and marketing consultant/business advisor before retiring in 1989. My main community activities included 15 years as Chairman of Bigbury Golf Club Limited and in Thurlestone, founder of the Teamakers computer training facility, project leader for the War Memorial Exhibition, initiator of the Table-Tennis group and acting as Sub-Editor of Village Voice since 1995. As a contributor to and chronicler of parish life over many years, I hope my finger for the parish pulse may prove useful to the Steering Group’s vision for the parish future.
My family have lived in Thurlestone since 1917 and after a career spent mainly in South America selling industrial machinery, I returned to the family home in Thurlestone in 1997. This allowed me to enjoy my hobbies, including sailing, tennis and tinkling on the piano. I was a parish councillor for 14 years, 5 years as Chairman and recently rejoined the Parish Council in 2015. I am involved in many community activities and committees, including the Phone Box Library, and I played a leading part in the production of the Parish Plan. I hope that my family’s long association with the parish and my detailed experience will assist the Steering Group in achieving their objective of ensuring the continuation of a vibrant place for people to live and work.
David Martin - Treasurer
I am a chartered accountant by training and most of my career was spent in practice and in later years as a partner in a large West Sussex firm. I have also spent time in commerce which brought a different but valuable perspective of the difficulties facing many businesses. I have been visiting Devon since 1979 and my wife’s association goes back to 1965. When our two sons were born, we spent most of our family holidays here as, having been born in a land-locked country in Africa, I was captivated by the splendour of the sea and coast. We became property owners in 1994 and full time residents in 2007. I have been a school governor at All Saints’ Primary School and I am an active member of Bantham Sailing Club. My task will be to procure the necessary funding for the Neighbourhood Plan, prepare and maintain a budget, and to verify and monitor expenditure.
I have lived in Thurlestone all my life, with a career spanning 40 years in the electricity industry. I have been a parish councillor for 26 years and am currently Vice Chairman of the Parish Council. I hope to make use of my invaluable local experience to ensure that the parish can rise to the challenges of the future without losing its unique character.
I have known Thurlestone for 45 years spending many happy holidays in and around the area. I have owned a house in Thurlestone for 20 years, moving here permanently 10 years ago when my husband Brian retired. I have enjoyed being involved in the parish. I walk regularly with Tramp, have been a parish councillor for the past 6 years and take on the role of barmaid at the Parish Hall at some of their wonderful events. I see my role on the Steering Group as the champion of the common sense parishioner.
I first came to Thurlestone 40 years ago and we had many years of happy holidays here with the children. I have been based in Worcestershire for most of my life, where I gained extensive experience mainly in planning and housing, as a councillor in the local authority and serving on the Executive for 12 years. However, I did not need much persuasion from my sons to move to Thurlestone nearly 3 years ago. Almost immediately, there was a by-election and I was elected to the district council for Salcombe and Malborough. A year later, Thurlestone joined that ward. Using my previous experience, I hope to help deliver a Neighbourhood Plan for the parish which reflects the needs of local people and, as far as possible, their desires.
After a career in management in the steel and engineering industries, I retired to Thurlestone as a full-time resident 20 years ago. Since then I have been involved in various community activities, particularly the funding and rebuilding of the new Parish Hall. I welcome the opportunity to contribute to the Neighbourhood Plan with its objectives of preserving the special qualities of the parish and encouraging appropriate new development for the benefit of future generations.