The Parish Council

Peter Hadley

Peter Hadley

Chair - Frogmore Ward

Peter is a retired Chartered Surveyor. He is a past chairman of the Frogmore Village Community Association and a member and treasurer of St. Martin’s Church, Sherford District Church Council and a founding member of the Friends of St Martin’s Church. 

His career in both public and private sectors has been in urban and rural planning, development and property fund management and includes the regeneration of London Docklands. 

Although brought up in Worcestershire, he has lifelong family connections with the parish. His great grandmother ran Frogmore bakery and was the first village post-mistress. Peter’s concerns for the parish include the need for enhanced community facilities, play areas and improvements to services, not least, to support the welcome increase in affordable homes. 

He co- led the Neighbourhood Plan team resulting in its adoption in May 2022 as part of the statutory development plan for the area.

He is a campaigner for traffic speed reductions within the parish and for improved footpaths and cycleways linking village communities. Meanwhile his parish council responsibilities include monitoring planning and housing issues and the management of parish assets

Peter and his wife, Julie, have four married daughters and eleven grandchildren.

Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson

Vice Chair - Sherford Ward

Ben moved to Sherford in 2013, and was co-opted to the Parish Council in 2017.

Ben is a computer science graduate, and is involved in varied tech projects of differing locality, scope, and timescales. In terms of more specifiable, less nebulous activities; Ben is a bell-ringer at St Martin’s Church Sherford, a student and teacher of Tai Chi, and also attends dance classes in Frogmore.

Ben hopes to be able to promote and implement better communication systems, both to assist the efficient functioning of the Parish Council as well as improve interaction and engagement with parishioners.

Nigel Smith

Nigel Smith

Sherford Ward

Nigel was co-opted to the Parish Council in 2011and elected Chair in 2017. Married to Jo and with one daughter and two grandchildren, he moved to Sherford in 2000 from Surrey having had a holiday home in Frogmore for several years.

Nigel’s acquired extensive experience through diverse roles in the retail sector allowing him to develop a broad skills base across all functions of the industry. When he was offered the opportunity to become CEO of a not for profit education and training company, working closely with National and Local Government in schools careers services and with unemployed youth in the East End of London, he felt that would be a fitting ‘pay back’ role as he approached retirement.

Settling in Sherford gave Nigel and Jo the opportunity to become involved in community activities, including supporting the Coleridge Bus, which Nigel drove for 17 happy years, and became a Trustee of the Charity.

For a Parish Council to succeed in carrying out its duties in the most responsible way, Nigel believes it critical to engage with, and be accessible to, parishioners in order to become more aware and cognisant of their views and concerns. Equally there must be a willingness to explain when the Council’s decisions may not be in accord with others.

Whilst the Council has limited powers and does not exist as a funding resource it can often provide signposts to appropriate community and charitable organisations or local government departments who may be able to provide help and support.

Steve Hart

Steve Hart

Frogmore Ward

Sue and I have been married for 53 years and have three children, two of which are living in Grand Cayman where they were born as my career as a LIthographic Printer took me overseas. On my return to the UK I started my own company in Weston- super-Mare, later teaching at Brunel College in Bristol and finally starting a company in Modbury before retiring in 2004.

We moved to Frogmore in 1998 and have never regretted it, both becoming involved in local activities, Sue rings the bells at Sherford and Portlemouth and I was chairman of Frogmore Regatta for four years I have also run and organised over 30 Music quizzes at the Globe which have raised over £15,000 for various charities.

I would like to think that any opinion I take is based upon what the majority of the local community wish to be said. I am well aware of the need for more affordable housing in the area, but am also aware that we need to protect what we have especially in areas of ANOB, so that future generations of locals and visitors can enjoy it as we have.

Antony Marshall

Antony Marshall

Sherford Ward

Tamsin Oakley

Tamsin Oakley

Frogmore Ward

Edward Fevyer

Edward Fevyer

Frogmore Ward

Nick White

Nick White

Frogmore Ward

Helen Leather

Helen Leather

Clerk

Originally from a very small village in North Wales.  I have a BA Hons degree in Humanities and a PG in
Business Admin.  I lived and worked in the Midlands for many years, working for the NHS, Oxfam.  I worked in television from 1989 until 2011, helping to produce schools and educational programmes for ITV, Channel 4 and the BBC.

I moved to Devon in 2011 with my young family and worked as a senior administrator in a number of local primary schools, responsible for HR and Health and Safety. I joined Frogmore and Sherford Parish Council as Clerk in October 2023 and am looking forward to getting to know the parishioners and helping the community as much as possible.