Parish Council Members

Apart from the Chair and Vice Chair, Gittisham parish councillors have no other member responsibilities.

Cllr David Fallows – Chair

Born in Gloucestershire, I moved to East Devon in 1974 and have lived in Gittisham since 1983. My wife Sue was born in Devon, as were all our children, so we have a strong commitment to its future and traditions. Both of us worked in education before retiring, I was a senior academic at the University of Plymouth and Sue had whole school responsibilities at Teignmouth Community College. We both served as staff governors while working. I am now on the board at Weymouth College, Sue is vice-chair of the King’s School in Ottery.

With a break of a few years in the late ‘80s, I have served on the parish council for more than 20 years, being the chair since the late ‘90s. I have also served on the village hall committee and, briefly, acted as treasurer to the Parochial Church Council. I am committed to supporting the local community and its environment, despite all the challenges that we face from wind, weather and inappropriate development.

Tel: 01404 850922

Cllr Russell Hayman – Vice Chair

I was born in the parish and have lived and worked here on the farm most of my life. I have been lucky enough to travel in Africa and India when I had little responsibility after finishing further education and working away for a while. But there’s nowhere quite like home, and I am passionate about keeping the vibrant community going and I feel that all my family are active within the parish.

Tel: 01404 850204

Fiona Clampin – Parish Clerk

I became Gittisham’s parish clerk in 2011.  The role has provided me with an insight into village life and the workings of local government.  When not attending to council business, I work as a freelance journalist and radio producer for the BBC.  I also have an active part in a range of oral history projects, and regularly work with the military and emergency services providing media training.

Tel: 01404 851442

Cllr Maggie Walker

I have lived my whole life in Buckerell and Gittisham, love village life and am committed to preserving a quality way of life for all those living in the Gittisham parish. I have served on the parish council for a number of years and have tried to give a voice to the children of the village. I also take a keen interest in the drains. This may sound flippant, but in a village that used to flood on a regular basis, I believe clear, running drains to be of utmost importance.

Tel: 01404 850056

Cllr David Valentine

I moved to Gittisham shortly after my marriage to Alison in 1999. I am a chartered town planner and retired from employment in local government in 2007. I manage a small planning consultancy and I was elected to the parish council in May 2011.

Tel: 01404 851322

Cllr Richard Pratt

Born and bred in the Midlands, I spent much of my 32 year career in the Met Office at a number of locations in southern England and south east Wales. I moved to Gittisham Vale in 2003. My great-great grandfather lived with his family in Gittisham in the 1840s. Now early retired, I am happily married and enjoy walking, wildlife and practical conservation as well as keeping tabs on local council issues, becoming a councillor for the Parish in May 2015.

Tel: 01404 46551

Cllr Andy Wilkins

Tel: 01404 371084

Cllr Carol Hall

Tel: 01404 850793


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