Councillors and Council Staff

Mr Neville Lane

Mr Neville Lane

Councillor

Stable House
2 The Glebe
Thorverton
EX5 5LS

01392 861062

nevilleslane@gmail.com

Biography 

I became a Parish Councillor in May 2015 and was elected Chairman in May 2019 and again in May 2020. I moved to Thorverton with my wife and two young children in 1996, having previously lived in Surrey. For 34 years of my working life, until my retirement in 2017, I was a civil servant with the Ministry of Agriculture and Defra, so I have developed an interest in farming matters, which I have been able to maintain as a volunteer with the Farming Community Network.

I have enjoyed editing the village magazine, Focus on Thorverton, for the last 15 years. I am a keen tennis and bridge player and also enjoy time on my allotment in Thorverton.

Mr Andrew Price

Councillor

Bell House
The Bury
Thorverton, EX5 5NT

01392 860524

price.andrew@btinternet.com

Mr Andrew Foster

Mr Andrew Foster

Chairman

Cherry Tree Cottage
Berrysbridge EX5 5JR

01392 759560

Andrew.foster@ctc-consultants.com

Biography

Although born in Devon, I spent most of my life in South Bucks before being fortunate enough to move to Thorverton; I recognise that this is a special place to live and would like to contribute towards the community using my commercial and management background.

I'm a keen walker so regularly use the local footpaths and country lanes; as an enthusiastic rugby fan all my life, I now especially enjoy supporting the Chiefs. I live in Berrysbridge with my wife, where there is always plenty of work to do in the garden. 

Mr Stuart Crang

Mr Stuart Crang

Councillor

Bidwell Barton
Thorverton
EX5 5LJ

01392 860263

Stuart.crang@btopenworld.com

Biography

I was born at Bidwell, and after time spent at university and working as a chartered surveyor, have farmed there for more than thirty years.

I have been on the Parish Council since 2007, serving as Chairman for six years, so it would be fair to conclude that I think it is an important and worthwhile, albeit small, cog in the machinery of government. My other parish commitment is as a Trustee of the Leonard Trust.

Mr John Hodge

Mr John Hodge

Councillor

10 Silver Street
Thorverton
EX5 5LT

01392 860088

Johnhodgethorverton@gmail.com

Biography

I was born in the village, attended the local primary school, then "Tiverton Grammar School", followed by an electrical apprenticeship and several years as electrician. I joined BT in 1973 and worked for them just under 40 years. When I got married first time I had to leave the village as nothing was available to rent or buy, so I have an interest in housing for the younger people. I moved back home in 2011, following the passing of my parents, to the family home with my second wife.

I belong to various organizations ie RBL, local history society, and for several years was involved as booking agent for the Memorial Hall. After the Country Show died after two bad wet years, I was involved in the starting up of the "Funday" which has been taken over by the Hall now. 

Mr Adam McKee

Mr Adam McKee

Vice Chairman

7 Cleaves Close
Thorverton
EX5 5NN

01392 861914

AdamAMcKee@outlook.com

Biography

My name is Adam Mckee. I have lived in Thorverton for 10 years and am married with two young children. I am a Firefighter within Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, for which I have served 24 years.

I have been a committee member for Thorverton Pre School for four years with the last two being the Chair. 

I have a committed and proactive attitude towards things and will do my best for our wonderful village.

Mr Graham Sims

Mr Graham Sims

Councillor

9 Cleves Close
Thorverton
EX5 5NN

01392 860381

simsgraham9@gmail.com

Biography

I have lived in Thorverton all my life and was elected onto the Parish Council in 1999.

I worked in the Steelstock Industry for 44 Years starting as an H G V driver, retiring as warehouse manager. I am member of the Thorverton Speed Watch and I like to see a safe and tidy village.

I like all kinds of sport, playing football for Thorverton AFC for 20 years plus. My hobbies are fishing and classic cars.

Mr Trevor Sanders

Mr Trevor Sanders

Councillor

Perles Hill
School Lane
Thorverton
EX5 5JL

07802 300982

Sanderstrevor24@gmail.com

Biography

I was born in Cheriton Fitzpaine and lived there until the age of 18 before moving to Exeter and then Crediton. I began working for a local electronics company in Crediton called Graphic, where I am now the Sales Director.

I am married to Sally and have two children (now grown up). Having lived in Crediton for the past 20 or so years I wanted to move to a village and there seemed no better choice than Thorverton. We have been here nearly three years and I am keen to add whatever I can to the local community and play an active role.

I am keen Rugby fan and enjoy cycling.

Neville Matthews

Handyman

Biography

Neville has been the Parish Handyman since September 2019 and often receives compliments on the work he completes around the parish. Neville has worked for Devon County Council, with focus on tree management, bridge maintenance and grass cutting, and has also run a self-employed business concentrating on silt clearance and flood prevention. Neville lives in Thorverton and has a vast knowledge of the parish. Now that he has retired from mainstream work he is happy to throw himself into this part time role. 

District Councillor: Robert Deed  

18 Court Barton Close, Thorverton EX5 5BQ 

01392 861258

bdeed@middevon.gov.uk 

County Councillor: Margaret Squires

Frostlands Farm, Copplestone, Crediton, Devon                  EX17 5NY

Margaret.squires@devon.gov.uk

Member of Parliament: Mel Stride

24 Manaton Court, Matford Business Park, Exeter, Devon EX2 8PF

mel.stride.mp@parliament.uk

Your Councillors