The Parish Council

Nigel Smith

Nigel Smith

Chair - Sherford Ward

nigel@frogmoreandsherford.co.uk
531618

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.

Peter Hadley

Peter Hadley

Vice-Chair - Frogmore Ward

peter@frogmoreandsherford.co.uk

Peter is a retired Chartered Surveyor. He is a trustee and past chairman of the Frogmore Village Community Association and is a Friends of St Martin’s Church, Sherford committee member and fund-raiser and co-opted member of the District Church Council. His career in 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 had lifelong connections with the parish. His great grandmother ran Frogmore bakery and was the first village post-mistress.

Peter’s concerns for Frogmore include the need for enhanced community facilities, play areas and improvements to services, not least, to support the welcome increase in affordable homes, now 30% of residences in the village. The fight to salvage post office services, securing support for local flood relief plans and the provision of a village defibrillator have been amongst his recent causes.

His Parish Council responsibilities include monitoring planning and housing issues and the management of parish assets. He is also co-chair of the Neighbourhood Plan steering group. Peter and his wife, Julie, have four married daughters and eleven grandchildren.

Su Beswick

Su Beswick

Frogmore Ward

su@frogmoreandsherford.co.uk

Su has lived in the South Hams for 30 years, falling in love with the area from the age of six when on family holidays.

Public sector employment includes destination tourism marketing & management with both Dover & South Hams district councils. In the last ten years before her retirement three years ago, Su ran her own strategic marketing & PR consultancy from Kingsbridge, advising growing businesses in the tourism and food and drink sectors throughout the south west.

Su is keen to help ensure the villages of Frogmore and Sherford have a flourishing future with all interested parties coming together to make that happen. She is a great advocate of the South Devon AONB and its role in balancing the needs of the special environment with those of the local economy and community.

Paul Harding

Paul Harding

Frogmore Ward

paul@frogmoreandsherford.co.uk

Jenny and I moved to the South Hams over 35 years ago, since then we have moved several times always within this area. We moved to Frogmore in February 2014, from Morleigh, were I was a member of Halwell and Morleigh parish council. We have three children and five grandchildren, two of which attend Stokenham primary school. As I am actively involved with these two it gives me insight into the needs of local education.

I retired approximately 10 years ago, after being involved in several businesses including retail, pubs and restaurants, property development and latterly became a director of a national import company were my role was logistics, importing from Europe and the Far East.

I feel passionately that the South Hams should be a place were young families can exist side by side with a vibrant holiday industry. To do this good social housing must be provided for local people fulfilling the employment needs of local businesses. I hope that my previous experiences can be of benefit to Frogmore and Sherford parish council.

Steve Hart

Steve Hart

Frogmore Ward

steve@frogmoreandsherford.co.uk

Married to Sue for 47 years, with three grown up children all living overseas  I am one of the most recently appointed councillors and am still feeling my way as this is the first time of holding such a position. However my working life as a Lithographic Printer took me to overseas to train, teach and assist companies with technical problems. On my return to the UK, I started his own company in Weston-super-Mare, later becoming a College Lecturer and finally starting another company with Sue in Modbury until my retirement in 2004.

We moved to Frogmore in 1998 and have never regretted it, both becoming involved with the local activities Sue is still ringing the bells at St Martins Church and I was Chairman of the Frogmore Regatta for four years and have run and organised about 20 Music Quizzes at the Globe Inn for local charities and International Aid including Shelter Box and most recently the Red Cross in their efforts to help those caught in the Indonesian Disaster.

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

Ravi Balasingam

Ravi Balasingam

Frogmore Ward

ravi@frogmoreandsherford.co.uk

Ravi moved to Frogmore in 2016 from Wimborne in Dorset, following his retirement from Red Funnel, where he worked as a Senior Captain. He was also involved in shore-based ship management and project management during annual refits.

He has been visiting South Hams on a regular basis since 2004, when his daughter began her career as a local vet. He and his wife Alison very quickly grew to love the South Hams and decided to retire to the area, spurred on by the arrival of his little grandsons. He also has a son and two young granddaughters in Ireland.

He is keeping up his interest in the sea by exploring local creeks in his gaff rigged boat which he keeps on Frogmore Creek.
He is hoping that his experience in project management will be useful in his role as Parish Councillor, communicating with local people to identify their objectives and aspirations and being able to influence decisions that will help maintain the unique character of the Parish and AONB.

Ravi has a special interest in housing and planning and has engaged with the local community by becoming a member of the steering group for the Neighbourhood Plan.

Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson

Sherford Ward

ben@frogmoreandsherford.co.uk
532952

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.

Vacant

Vacant

Sherford Ward

We currently have a vacancy on the council, if you are interested in joining us, please get in touch with any of the other councillors, or our clerk.