The Tamar Bridge and Brunel's Royal Albert Bridge

Saltash Town Council

The current Mayor is Councillor Hilary Frank. The Mayor serves for a year and each year in Spring the Council votes for a new Mayor-elect who is then officially confirmed at ‘Mayor Choosing’.

There are 16 Saltash Town Councillors: 4 for each ward. Saltash North Ward, Saltash South Ward, Saltash East Ward, Saltash West Ward. The councillors are elected every 4 years: spaces are filled either by by-elections, or by the Town Council choosing new councillors (‘co-option’). To stand as a Town Councillor you have to be over 18 and usually have to work or live in Saltash. Councillors are not paid, although they can claim a small allowance for phone calls and stationery.

* Cornwall Council Members are indicated with an asterisk

Saltash North Ward

John BradyJohn Brady   (Saltash North)

Tel: 07792 941743

Joe EllisonJoe Ellison*   (Saltash North)

Tel: 849340

Joe Ellison – Independent. Joe has been a Saltash Town Councillor since 2003, and served as Mayor in 2006. He is also Vice Chair of Saltash Waterfront Residents Association (SWRA) which won public funding for environmental improvements including the Brunel Play Train, the Fisher folk mural, Huntley Gardens, and Silver Street hanging garden. Joe is leader for the £450,000 Lottery project to improve Elwell Woods and build the New Celtic Cross, and is also Chair of Saltash Regatta. Joe is married to Clare and recently retired from the University of Plymouth. Leisure interests include caravanning, modern jazz and walking Cornwall’s coast path.

Bill PhillipsBill Phillips   (Saltash North)

Tel: 518176

I relocated to Saltash with Jean and our boys over 30 years ago through work. I was co-opted onto the Council in 2010 and I am a member of the Burial Board and Staffing Committee. I was the Mayor of Saltash 2015-16 and am the current Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee.
I was a founder member and former Chairman of the Tamar Trotters running club. I was a member of 2625 Squadron (Reserves) based at RAF St Mawgan for 5 years. I retired from my job as a design engineer with DML in 2003. I was also a past member of the Mayfair committee and former president and current vice president of Saltash Rotary Club.

Saltash South Ward

Matthew CootMatthew Coot   (Saltash South)

Tel: 847542

Matt has lived in Saltash for the majority of his life and has always believed it important to get involved in the community. During his teenage years, Matt was active with charity work and also volunteered as the treasurer for the Saltash Youth Town Council. After gaining his degree in Creative Writing, from Bath Spa University, Matt has returned to Saltash and currently works as a teaching assistant, specialising in literacy, at his former secondary school, He has continued with getting involved with Saltash life, including forming a community group for the St. Stephens area. Matt has always loved Saltash and, as a councillor, wants to continue supporting the community and ensure that the town keeps improving.

Hilary FrankMrs Hilary Frank*   (Saltash South)

Tel: 845114

Sue Hooper MBEMrs Sue Hooper MBE   (Saltash South)

Tel: 843073

Councillor Mrs Sue Hooper MBE – Saltash Town Councillor (Independent Burraton Ward 1987-2013)now for South Ward following Boundary Commission's boundaries changes. Served as a District Councillor 2003 – 2007 – where she held the posts of Ambassador for the Arts, and Ambassador for Older People, and Chairman of Caradon’s Standard Committee. Mayor of Saltash 1991/2, 1996/7, 2004/5, 2009/10 – Deputy Mayor 2003/4, 2008/9. Special interest in environmental and youth issues - plus older & vulnerable and less- abled people. A great supporter of the Performing Arts and Founder of the Sue Hooper Charitable Foundation, and Co-Founder of the Saltash Music Speech and Drama Festival. Also President of the Saltash Ladies Choir and Vice President of the Saltash Town Band. Sue also gives talks to organisations on “Remarkable Women” and “Women in Leadership” – plus many other topics. • A member of the Saltash Town Council’s Policy & Resources Committee. • Services Committee. President of Saltash Handicapped and Disabled Organisation. • Former President of Livewire Youth Project (of 20 years) • Trustee Saltash Heritage. • Recently retired as Trustee Mabbot Trust (1991-2014). • Founder and Management Committee – Saltash Youth Council. • Founder of Saltash in Bloom (1992 - 2004). • Member of Steering Group for Community Action through Sports (CATS) Made a Cornish Bard in 2009 (Bardic name Cares Tamar) for outstanding services to Saltash and Cornwall. Chairman - Burraton Community Association President – Youngstagers. Drama practitioner - Saltash Drama & Performing Arts workshops. Saltash Town Council representative on Cornwall Association of Local and Larger Councils.Instigated and led the Saltash Town Council Memorial Peace Garden project (opened November 2015). Founder and Chair of the Saltash Community Flolod Forum (2016-).

Adam KilleyaAdam Killeya   (Saltash South)

Tel: 848691

Adam was born in 1981 and is Head of Politics at community school where he has worked since 2005. He was educated at Balliol College Oxford, taught in Japan for two years, and studied teaching at Bristol. Adam has been a Town Councillor for since 2007 – firstly for Essa Ward (2007-2013) and now for South Ward (2013-). From 2007-2009 he was a Caradon District Councillor and Cabinet Member for Planning. Adam was Deputy Mayor of Saltash for 2009-10 and Mayor for 2010-11. He has also served as Chairman of Civic Amenities Committee (2009-10), Chairman of Staffing (2010-12) and Chairman of the Saltash Town-centre Improvement Group (The STIG, 2011-14). Adam's particular areas of interest on the council are town-centre regeneration, council policy and Cornish-wide issues (including constituency boundaries and planning policy). Adam is a member of Saltash Community Interest Company and Saltash Rail Users Group, and was Chairman of Saltash Environmental Action from 2009-2010. He founded and convened the ‘Keep Cornwall Whole’ campaign from 2011 and is active in various community and cultural organisations including as a trustee of the Cornish education charity Cornish Quest. Adam’s other interests include reading and travelling.

Saltash East Ward

Richard BickfordRichard Bickford   (Saltash East)

Tel: 841119

Richard Bickford joined Saltash Town Council in 2007. He works in ICT at the University of Plymouth and is Secretary of the Saltash Rail Users’ Group as well as a Governor at St Stephen’s Community Primary School. Richard is also a Director of the Saltash Gateway Community Interest Company, working on several projects related to Tourism and Fore Street Regeneration, and has led on efforts to revitalise empty shop fronts in Fore Street.

Derek HolleyDerek Holley*   (Saltash East)

Tel: 845418

Independent councillor. I have lived in Saltash for 41 years with my wife and two children , both educated at local primary schools and comprehensive school and both now grown-up. We intended to live here for about three years and move on, chasing promotion but met so many nice people and made so many friends in Saltash we decided to stay for the quality of life. My son works in the dockyard on submarines and my daughter is a teacher. I am myself a retired science and biology teacher and my wife and I are members of Saltash Wesley Church where I am a property steward. I have served on both Town and Caradon District Councils in the eighties before returning in 2007. I served as Town Mayor from 2008 to 2009. In May 2009 I was also elected to represent Pill Ward (now Saltash East) on Cornwall Council (the amalgamation of all the District Councils and the County Council). My interests, apart from the Council, are gardening, particularly vegetable and fruit growing, walking, watercolour painting, diy and if I had more time, more bird-watching which is excellent around Saltash. My wife and I also enjoy caravanning which we combine with walking the coast paths. Please note that when driving the caravan I pull in to let cars overtake!

Julie RanceMrs Julie Rance   (Saltash East)

Tel: 07525 932022

James ShepherdJames Shepherd   (Saltash East)

Tel: 847144

I have lived in Saltash since 2008 after moving from South Hams. I have worked in both the private and charity sectors in a range of roles including geologist, operations manager and business manager. While working at the charity Groundwork I was responsible for environmental improvement projects in Saltash included Saltmill Park and Longstone Park. I am still supporting Saltmill Park and am also on the committee of K3 youth centre. I am married to Joanna and I still play hockey (for a Devon club, sorry!). I am keen to see Saltash as a thriving community with a busy town centre and high quality amenities that cater for all age groups.

Saltash West Ward

Bob AustinBob Austin*   (Saltash West)

Tel: 844666

I have lived in Saltash for 36 years with my wife Jackie and two sons. After 23 years service I retired as a Project Leader with British Aerospace in 2000 at the age of 50. I then worked part time as Church & Circuit Administrator with Saltash Methodist Church/Circuit for eight years. • Elected into Saltash Town Council in March 2005 • Director of Saltash Community Interest Company in June 2006 • Elected in May 2007 for both Town Council and Caradon DC • Saltash Town Mayor in May 2007/8 • May 2009 I was elected on Cornwall Unitary Council, serving on the East Planning committee, Tamar Bridge, Mount Edgcumbe, Bereavement Panel and Chairman of the Regulatory Committee. • Shadow Portfolio holder for Transport • Chairman of the Community Network area.
May 2013 Elected onto Cornwall Council - Joint Chairman of the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry oint committee - Chairman of the Gateway Community Network Area - East sub area planning committee -
Devolution and localism portfolio advisory committee - Mount Edgcumbe Joint Committee.
May 2013 Elected onto Saltash Town Council - Joint Chairman of Burial Board - Chairman of the Antisocial Behaviour sub committee - Chairman of the Saltash Town Improvement Group
My aim is to improve the quality of life for Saltash residents by working closely with Saltash TC, CIC and Cornwall Council.

Gloria ChallenMrs Gloria Challen   (Saltash West)

Tel: 840620

My family are local Saltash people and have lived in the town for over 90 years. I attended Primary and Secondary schools within Saltash, before going to Plymouth University to study Adult Nursing.
I have supported many local events within Saltash, Saltash Christmas Lights, Saltash Town Regatta and Saltash May Fair. I was a member of Saltash Chamber of Commerce for several years as I was a sole trader within Fore Street Saltash.
Around 4 years ago I became a member of Saltash Lions Club.
I'm married to Neil who in the past has previously been one of the Saltash Town Councillors.
We have two children Lewis and Lauren who have both been brought up and educated within Saltash.

Jean DentMrs Jean Dent   (Saltash West)

Tel: 303008

Bill and Jean have lived in Saltash for more than 30 years and both of our children attended primary and secondary schools in Saltash. A primary school teacher for many years (mostly across the water in England!) until taking early retirement in 2005.
Since joining the Town Council in November 2012 as a member for West Ward Jean has been Deputy Mayor (2013/14) and Mayor (2014/15). At present she is chairing the Devolution Options Group and the Staffing Committee. Jean is also Vice Chairman of both The Services Committee and The Burial Board. She is part of the Peace Garden working party, a Town Council representative on The Mabbott Trust, Age UK and Saltash Heritage. Jean is currently the chairman of the local Patient Participation Group.
Outside the Council Jean works for The Royal British Legion and is a member of The Royal Naval Association.
Jean would like to give something back by supporting the community of the vibrant and forward-looking town that is Saltash.

David YatesDavid Yates   (Saltash West)

Tel: 843260

David Yates joined Saltash Town Council in 2007. He works in training at Babcock Marine, having previously served for over 30 years an officer in the Royal Navy, spending much of his time as an Engineer in Submarines. David is an active member of the Saltash Twinners as well as the Burraton Players, where he oftens plays the Pantomime villain (oh no he doesn’t etc.). David became Chairman of the Town Council’s Industry, Commerce, Tourism and Transportation (ICTT) Committee in 2010.


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