Councillors

Josie Walledge (Chairman)
Following a chance encounter on a choir tour, Josie moved to the village in 2004 to live with her husband-to-be, Chris, an Exminster resident of many years. Their two children attended Exminster Pre-school and Exminster Community Primary School, with Josie serving as Chair and Treasurer on their respective committees. She also manages 2nd Exminster Scout Group and enjoys walking, camping and other outdoor pursuits.
Joining the Parish Council in March 2012, Josie’s interests are in finance and governance, and in helping to shape the future of our parish through Community and Neighbourhood planning. An experienced project manager by profession, Josie still manages to make music with her husband from time to time!
Josie Walledge
Derek Madge (Vice Chairman)
Derek was born in Exminster many years ago and has seen enormous changes in the village. Always involved in village life, he first joined the Parish Council in 1979 when he served as Vice-Chairman of the council and Chairman of the School Governors. Later he became Clerk to the Parish Council. Derek rejoined the Council in October 2012.Derek is married to Pat and has a son and daughter working in the village, whom many people will know, and a grandson living in the village. He has been a member of the Scout Association for many years and is currently Chairman of the Exeter and District Scout Council.Derek is continuing a long line of service on the Parish Council. A Great Uncle was a Councillor and his Father joined the Parish Council in 1946.
Derek Madge
Brian Aird
Born in Glasgow, Brian grew up and was educated in Dundee, before moving to London to work in the NHS. He spent the next 30 years pursuing a career in health service management, living in many different parts of the country.
In 2000, Brian set up his own consultancy business and worked with health and social care organisations. He was also a Trustee of United Response, a large national provider of support for people with severe learning disabilities and is currently Chairman of Westward Housing Group, a local housing association serving Devon and Cornwall.
Brian settled in Exminster with Caroline in 2000. They each have two children. In recent years he has been active in the local community in various voluntary roles, chairing the Board of Coffee on the Corner, a small social enterprise, for almost 6 years. He also played a prominent part in developing the first Exminster Community Plan and has regularly been spotted treading the boards in the Victory Hall with the annual ExAct pantomime.
He is keen to try to preserve the village feel of Exminster and to use whatever influence the Parish Council has to ensure Exminster remains a healthy, vibrant and enjoyable place to live and work.
Brian Aird
Peter Chandler
Peter was born on the Isle of Wight, is married to Lesley and has a son, daughter and two stepsons, plus six grandchildren.  He served in the Royal Navy as a radio electrician, stationed in Gibraltar for two years, having spent six years serving on frigates before becoming a hardware computer engineer with Honeywell, leaving the Isle of Wight to live in Wiltshire. Peter then retrained as a surgical chiropodist and masseur and worked both in England and Portugal. After retiring, Peter moved back to the Isle of Wight and renovated an old listed cottage built in 1721.  After five years he moved to Exminster.  He has undertaken various voluntary roles, is currently involved with the Green Spaces Group and has an allotment.   Peter’s hobbies are gardening, DIY, ornithology and hedge laying.
Peter Chandler
Sheila Churchward
Sheila’s family came to live in Exminster in 1977 a few days before the village celebrations for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee and remembers it was a lovely introduction to life in the village that has never faltered as far her family are concerned.
For a few years, Sheila worked part-time within the village as a secretary/clerk in the old hospital and as a clerk in Devon Transport Trading before moving to full-time posts at Police Headquarters at Middlemoor. For eighteen years Sheila worked in the project management section of the computer department helping to introduce new software to police officers and staff.
Sheila’s passion since childhood has been trying to understand and ride horses.
Sheila Churchward
John Goodey
Originally from London, a long and varied career in the leisure industry finally led to taking up residence in Devon in 1992.  John moved to Exminster in 1997, living in Sentrys Orchard. Married for forty one years, to late wife Joan, he has two married sons and six amazing grandchildren. John retired in 2008 at the age of sixty and joined Exminster parish council in June 2012. He is also District councillor for Exminster and the Kenn Valley at Teignbridge District Council since May 2011.
John Goodey
Kevin Smith 
Kevin relocated to Exminster with his wife Miriam in December 2015 to return to living near the coast after many years in Nottingham. He works for a large IT services company, mainly from his home office. In his spare time, he enjoys the odd bike ride, vegetable gardening, wine appreciation, researching his family tree, and trying to keep fit in the Westbank gym. Kevin is keen to become involved with community activities, and was co-opted onto the Parish Council in February 2016.
Kevin Smith
Lorne Smyth
Lorne has lived in Exminster since 2010 and is keen to become more involved with community matters, strongly believing that it is the duty of those who have time to spare to use their energies to help protect and provide for the local community. Lorne grew up in the West Highlands of Scotland in a small fishing village where his father was a local councillor and has therefore been involved in local politics and community projects from an early age. Lorne works in the Mobility Centre at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital, and is used to attending meetings, negotiating and working hard to drive projects forward. When not at work, Lorne takes an interest in skateboarding.
Lorne Smyth
John Ponsford
John is the third generation of his family to live in Exminster, whilst having recently returned to the village with wife Elaine, John lived in the village through his formative years, attending the local primary school and secondary school in Dawlish. John has two grown up children and having returned to the village is determined to play an active part in village life, John currently works as a company director for a South West based company and when not working can either be found on the golf course during the summer or on Dartmoor walking with scouts and school children teaching navigation and map reading skills to enable them to participate in the Ten tors event.
John Ponsford

Council Staff

Jill Daw (Parish Clerk)
Jill has lived in the Parish for 30 years and has served as Clerk to Exminster Parish Council since April 2011.
Jill Daw
Helen Hibbins (Responsible Financial Officer and Deputy Clerk)
Helen moved to  the village in 2005 with her family and has worked for the Parish Council since March 2012 as the Responsible Financial Officer and Deputy Clerk. 

Helen Hibbins

District Councillors

(Kenn Valley Ward)  – Cllr John Goodey (Con), Cllr Kevin Lake (Con)

County Councillor (Exminster & Kenton Division) – Cllr Alan Connett (Lib Dem)

Member of Parliament (Central Devon) – Mel Stride MP (Con)