The Tamar Bridge and Brunel's Royal Albert Bridge

Saltash Town Council

The current Mayor is Councillor Pete Samuels. 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

Sarah Gillies   (Saltash North)

As the newest member of Saltash Town Council, having been successful at interview for co-option less than 2 months ago, I am excited to be joining this vibrant and forward-thinking council looking to promote and invest in Saltash.

I have been living in Saltash since 2002, having moved from Kent, where much of my family remain. I enjoy returning as often as possible, to also show my continued support for the Kent Spitfires Cricket Team.

Over these years I have seen North Ward change and grow significantly and believe it is important to maintain and develop a close connection with the businesses and residents in this area with the town as whole and would look to ensure opportunities for improved transport and communication are created.

During my time in Saltash I have been lucky enough to become a Cub Scout Leader and am passionate about creating opportunities for the young people in the community.

I also work in the town and am an active member of local business networking groups and look to encourage the growth of business relationships within Saltash and the greater community, as well as to demonstrate the strength and diversity of businesses with the Town.

It would be great to see Saltash develop as a town, creating opportunities for the community in the arts, education and employment and flourish as the first town and gateway to Cornwall.

Julia Peggs   (Saltash North)

My husband (who runs his own business) and myself, newly retired from my own business, have lived in Saltash for 28 years, a place we call home.

I would truly like to make a difference to our future. Saltash Council is now a multi-million pound business, with so much being handed over by Cornwall Council, e.g. the Library and Waterfront.
As a supporter and new volunteer at Livewire youth project, I feel it is imperative to get support for our youngsters and to encourage involvement in local projects.

One of the things I enjoy in my spare time is singing with Rock Choir, supporting local events and charity functions. I am also in training to walk a full marathon through the night in London for Breast Cancer causes.

Bill Phillips   (Saltash North)

Tel: 518176

Work brought me to Plymouth 36 years ago, Jean, our 3 boys and I set up home in Saltash as we decided it was the place to be.

My job was in Devonport where I worked in the facilities design group, managing site services.
During this time I was a member of 2625 Squadron RAF reserves at St Mawgan for 5 years, which got me into running, I then became a founder member of the Tamar Trotters.

I also joined the Mayfair committee organising the half marathon amongst other events.

Following medical advice to give up marathons and eventually all running, l became aware of a vacancy on the Town Council and I was co-opted in 2010.
Then re-elected in 2013 and 2017.
I also had the honour of being elected Mayor in 2015-2016.

Since my time on the council representing North Ward, I have taken particular interest in Pilmere, as well as being the chair of the Policy and Finance committee, the Burial Authority and a member of the Library project, the Station and Waterfront groups.

I am also a member of Saltash Rotary Club which enables me to provide charitable service to the town as a whole.

I am passionate about making our town the best place to live and will look back at what we have achieved in my 10 years on the council and be proud.

Saltash Town Councillors meet in Fore Street at the beginning of each month. If you have a question for your Town Councillors, an issue you wish to raise, a bright idea that might improve the town, or simply want to find out more about what the Town Council is doing, then follow Saltash Town Council on Social Media to find out when Councillors are next meeting.

Mrs Brenda Samuels   (Saltash North)

Brenda is married to fellow Town Councillor Pete and has one son and two stepsons, plus a dog who rules the household completely!

Born and educated in Cornwall, Brenda started her working life at a local estate agent in Liskeard, moving on from there to being one of the first female insurance agents in the country.

Next was a move to Nationwide and then on to a property developer, progressing to the role of Area Manager. When the company was taken over, Brenda decided to take redundancy and go into business with husband Pete and they now run their own company which is based in Saltash.

For many years Brenda was a member of Saltash and District Ladies Circle, rising to the position of Area Chairman for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Brenda joined Saltash Rotary Club a few years ago, becoming their President in 2016-17 and was recognised by the Club for her work within the charity in 2018 by being created a Paul Harris Fellow, an accolade that reflects hard work and achievement within the Rotary organisation worldwide.

Having seen husband Pete join Saltash Town Council and enjoying his involvement in local matters, Brenda decided to stand as an Independent candidate in 2018 when a vacancy arose, being elected unopposed and she has gone on to become a member of several committees including being Chair of the Personnel committee, a role which Brenda says she enjoys immensely.

As a Town Councillor for Saltash North ward, Brenda really likes being involved in the local community and helping residents when assistance is especially needed.

Brenda can easily be contacted via the Town Council website.

Saltash South Ward

Mr. Mark Fox   (Saltash South)

Tel: 07975 656 831

Mark joined Saltash Town Council in December 2018 and says he is very proud to serve this fantastic town where he has lived since 1987, moving from just across the water in Ernesettle. Mark is married to Sonia, one of our local Posties, they have one son Christopher. For almost 25 years Mark has worked in Adult Social Care in Plymouth, starting as driver but progressing to Support Worker, Team Leader, Team Co-Ordinator and Manager.

Mark is Secretary and Past President of Saltash Lions Club which he joined in 2012, mainly to help run Mayfair, taking the event to Warfelton Field and holding four successful Mayfair’s, which enabled lots of organisations the chance to increase their profiles and earn much needed funds for their businesses or charities.

Mark is Group Scout Leader of 2nd Saltash Scout Group as well as an Assistant Leader of 2nd Saltash Brunel Beavers. He states “This is a real challenge to progress us as a Scout Group, finish the building at Latchbrook and trying to recruit new leaders to join us.”

In these unprecedented times of Covid19, Mark says he has found it strange not to be able to rally around and offer his physical support to help in these testing times, but for his own health he is subject to at least 12 weeks of shielding. Mark enjoys listening to many different types of music and loves watching Cricket and Rugby, in his younger years having played for Plymouth Albion Colts Team.

Mark is one of four Councillors serving the Saltash South Ward and can be contacted via the Saltash Town Council website.

Sheila Lennox-Boyd*   (Saltash South)

Tel: 07808 164 388

After forty years in the hospitality trade while running a number of successful businesses in and around Saltash, Sheila Lennox-Boyd decided to further involve herself in her community by standing for Council. She was already involved in the local sporting scene as President of Saltash United football club and a patron of the rugby club in Saltash.

Having been elected a Cornwall Councillor in 2017 she decided that it would be helpful for a local councillor to serve on both Cornwall and Saltash Town Council so successfully stood for South ward later that year.

As a former local business person and employer she is especially keen to see Saltash and Cornwall work together with a sound vision for the future of Saltash. She sees the Town teams on which she serves as having potential to see the Town emerge post COVID, regenerated and more prosperous, presenting a united front she sees opening up revenue sources to achieve this.

Sheila also serves on the library sub committee, while holding a monthly surgery there she has become increasingly aware of its popularity and potential as a community asset following proposed refurbishment.

Living in the Saltash countryside along side a public footpath Sheila, during lockdown, was made aware of the value of our rights of way for physical and mental wellbeing especially giving climate change concerns. She is now walking all local footpaths and is anxious to ensure they are assessable and properly publicised.

Sheila can be contacted via Saltash Town Council website

Sarah Martin   (Saltash South)

Tel: 0771 7442879

Sarah Martin joined the council in October 2018 after winning a by-election for South Ward. She had a long career in Marketing and Communications in this country and abroad in Germany, working most recently for the NHS in Community Health Services in Cornwall. She now works freelance from home fitting her council and work duties around looking after her two young children.

Sarah is Vice-President of Saltash Chamber of Commerce and is an active member looking at measures and efforts to increase footfall in Fore Street and the town as a whole. “Joining the Council has seen me get involved in lots of projects which all have the growth and well-being of the town at their heart”, she said.

Sarah is a keen member of Saltash Regatta committee and also a member of May Fair committee, and the Kalan Gwav committee which succeeded in delivering a vibrant community festival last year thanks to the general public’s enthusiastic response to its crowdfunding appeal. She said, “It was a big ask of Saltash residents to help us keep the event alive but so many people rose to that challenge and backed us in our hour of need. It was a truly humbling and amazing experience.”

Sarah is also the lead councillor looking at the Climate Emergency and how it will affect our lives here in Saltash. She said, “However much some of us would like to deny that a climate emergency is happening, it’s no longer an option to delay the changes that we will need to put in place, from changing to energy efficient lightbulbs or alternative forms of transport, or even just increasing our recycling rates.

Averil Pinckney   (Saltash South)

Averil Rose Pinckney lived in Portsmouth up until 2015 when she moved to Saltash, the Town she is now proud to call home and where she is one of four Councillors representing the South Ward on Saltash Town Council. Averil is Co-Chairman of the Joint Burial Board Committee which oversees the maintenance and operations of St Stephen’s Churchyard.

Averil has 40 years of Nursing experience and is the founder of the Eva's Little Stars Foundation, named after her first grandchild, who was sadly lost to stillbirth. The Foundation helps other families who have suffered the same tragic loss.

Averil is a familiar face around the Town and is well known for her support of various charities and good causes. During the past winter, she was to be found at the Maurice Huggins Room in Victoria Gardens, where she organised distribution of warm clothing and footwear to those who could make good use of the donated items, at no cost.

A member of the Lions Club, Averil also works alongside the Domestic Abuse Team, has organised a monthly ‘Saltash Chat and Help’ for older residents in the days before lockdown, is organising a ‘baby bank’ to supply families with items for their babies, volunteers in a local shop and regularly assists with litter picks. As if that isn’t already an impressive list for the work that Averil does in her own time, she is shortly to become involved in a local Neighbourhood Watch Scheme.

Averil can be contacted via the Saltash Town Council website

Saltash East Ward

Richard Bickford   (Saltash East)

Tel: 841119 or 07737390151

Richard represents Saltash East on Saltash Town Council and has done for almost 10 years. He lives in the ward with wife Sarah and daughter Sophie. Richard is the longest current serving Councillor.

Richard has spent 25 years working for the University of Plymouth in a number of IT management roles, with responsibility for a number of corporate systems.

Whilst a Town Councillor Richard has been involved with projects and initiatives to support the town centre and Waterside areas and is the Town Council representative on SWRA. Probably the most significant project Richard has, and is still leading on, is to bring the derelict Railway Station building back into a good condition and enable community use. The refurbishment is now almost complete, and soon the building will be something to be proud of. Richard was determined that Saltash residents did not have to fund the whole cost and has worked tirelessly to attract external funding (over £0.5M).

He has previously been a Governor at St Stephens CP School and is currently a volunteer director at Community Enterprises PL12, who run the Hub on Fore Street, 18 Belle View Road, the home of Citizens Advice and Saltash Foodbank amongst other initiatives, Richard says CEPL12 can often achieve alternatives to the Town Council and feels the roles complement each other well.

Richard has also helped run the towns annual regatta for many years and has chaired the committee in the past. Richard said, ‘The regatta is a celebration of Saltash’s association with the river, held in an amazing setting spanning much of the Waterside. This year’s event is on the 13th and 14th June.

In his spare time Richard enjoys sailing competitively, which he has done at top international level and walking in the local area.

Mike Parker   (Saltash East)

Tel: 07811954830

I moved to Saltash from Oxfordshire in 1994 with my wife Norma and two sons Lewis and Ashley, who have both grown up and been educated in Saltash.
I have served the Saltash community as an on call Firefighter for the last 21 years and run Saltash Fire Cadets.

I now run my own business and have previously worked for 30 years in builder's merchants and before that in the Ministry of Defence.

Mrs Julie Rance   (Saltash East)

Tel: 07525 932022

Councillor Julie Rance serves on Saltash Town Council as a representative of the East Ward of Saltash. Julie has worked on the Waterside for over 20 years and as such has had a great deal of involvement with the area. She first moved to Saltash with her husband and their eldest son in 1988 and quickly fell in love with the town they have been proud to call home ever since.

Julie has three grown up children who all attended both Brunel Primary School and Saltash Community School. Julie and her husband led the youth group at Saltash Baptist church which is where they discovered their passion for serving the community by working with its’ youth.

Julie qualified as a professional youth worker at Marjons University gaining a degree in youth and community professional practice. It was the latter and Julie’s love for community work that led to her joining Saltash Town Council in 2015.

Julie has considered herself privileged to serve in the town of Saltash where she has played an active role in a number of Saltash Town Council initiatives. As a Town Councillor she has also been able to help individuals with a variety of concerns important to them.

Julie has a real passion for festivals, community events and other community concerns, which all really bring the community together, but have sadly been on hold this summer due to the lockdown. Julie, along with many others, really looks forward to enjoying these events again in the not too distant future.

Pete Samuels   (Saltash East)

Tel: 0741 5454 001

I both live and work in Saltash, where with my wife Brenda and the help of two of our Sons together with our loyal staff, we run the family business based on the Tamar View Industrial Estate. Our company is largely based online and supplies goods to customers across the UK and into Europe.

Brenda will be familiar to many in the town as President of Saltash Rotary Club during the year 2016-17 and I became a Rotarian in 2017 after having assisted Rotary from the sidelines for the previous two or three years.
During my spare time away from the business I can be found in the recording studio compiling and presenting my radio programme 'The Vinyl Decades' which features music from the mid 1950's to the early 1990's and can be heard on FM and also via the internet.

It is a privilege to have been elected by the people of East Ward to serve as their Town Councillor for Saltash and I shall be proud to represent these residents wholeheartedly.

Saltash West Ward

Mrs Gloria Challen   (Saltash West)

Tel: 840620

I was born and educated in Saltash, and I have lived in Saltash all my life. I have been married to Neil for 30years and we have two siblings (Lauren and Lewis) both were educated in Saltash, and live in the town. Neil and I have had a number of businesses in Saltash during our married life. During these times I was a member of Saltash Chamber of Commerce.

In more recent years, I have been a member of many local organisations, and a team member in local projects and events …… Saltash Christmas Lights, Saltash May Fair, Saltash Winkle fair, and Saltash Regatta. As a local woman I have always been very willing to give something back to the town that I have lived and worked, and has been my home for over 50 years. 10 years ago I joined Saltash Lions Club as a volunteer as I am very keen to help and support residents within Saltash and was elected Vice President.

In 2013 I was elected to Saltash Town Council having fought a very busy election. During the first 4 years I was a member of, Service Committee, Policy and Finance, which I held the position as Vice Chair. I have supported residents within the West Ward where I was elected by attending and speaking on their behalf at Cornwall Council on planning matters. 2017 elections I was delighted to be re elected as a Town Councillor after fighting a heavily contested election. In those 4 years I also served on Service Committee, Policy and finance, Personnel Committee, member of the working group of the Civic Regalia, as chair. I have been an active member of the Saltash Flood Forum and the Saltash Great War Commemorative Events Committee.

In 2018 I was elected as Deputy Mayor and in 2019 I was honoured to be elected as Saltash Mayor.
During my year as Saltash Mayor I have been an active member of the Council by working alongside so many Organisations and groups. In 2020 I was appointed to Cornwall Council Standards Committee, which oversees best practice for local Councils and Councillors.

2020 came and so did the unprecedented Coronavirus which lead the country into lockdown. As with many types of Councils, Saltash Town Council agreed to keep Chairs and Vice Chairs in situ due to the unprecedented times of not being able to hold public meetings. During these periods I have remained serving the Town of Saltash as Mayor and carried out my Civic duties and holding meetings by virtual means, of which members of the public could zoom in. Due to lock down I helped set up a community kitchen from one of our businesses where we provided a free hot meal to those residents that were self-isolating. I have continued engaging with other Civic heads around Cornwall by virtual technology, so I can make sure Saltash is not forgotten and to be sure that I am in tune with our neighbours and Councils around Cornwall and share knowledge that can help the residents that I represent within Saltash. I have been very pleased to play a significant role in helping a local resident to set up a Neighbourhood Watch scheme in an area of Saltash during these difficult times.

Furthermore, I have kept in touch with Saltash residents by various means, including ….Facebook, Twitter, local papers and actively helping those in need in lockdown.

Mrs 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. She was 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 and Mayor twice in recent years. At present she is chairing the Library Committee, pushing forward the devolution of Saltash Library from Cornwall Council and also of the Property Committee looking after the properties owned by Saltash Town Council. She is a member of the Personnel Committee, The Saltash Neighbourhood Plan and Station Working Parties

Jean is the representative of Saltash Town Council on Saltash Heritage, Age UK and the Mabbott Trust.
Outside the Council Jean is a member of The Royal British Legion and 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.

Steve Miller   (Saltash West)

Tel: 300122 or 07710204480

Steve Miller has lived in Saltash since 1994, moving across the river with wife Debbie and 2 daughters from Plymouth. One daughter still lives in the Town with her family, the other having moved "far down West" and now with her own business. After commuting back across the bridge for nearly 10 years to the Dockyard, Steve realised there was life outside those walls, and fortunately had the opportunity to be paid to leave!

Having spent over 15 years there in IT, Steve fell into becoming self-employed in his former skills as an electrician which developed into wider property maintenance.
Steve also started becoming more involved in community events and initiatives, which culminated in him standing for Town Council in 2017 for Saltash West ward and he is currently Vice Chairman of the Services Committee of the Town Council. Steve says, "There is much to be done to enhance the town's environment, but I see devolution of property and assets from Cornwall as an opportunity to regain control of its destiny".
West Ward residents can contact Steve via the Town Council website.

David Yates   (Saltash West)

Tel: 843260

David has lived in Saltash since 1983, moving here while in the Royal Navy.
After retiring from the Royal Navy in 1998 he joined Babcock Marine (then DML) and worked for them as an engineer before retiring.

David joined Saltash Town Council in 2007 and has served as Mayor and Deputy Mayor as well as Chairman of the Services Committee (and its predecessor the Industry Commerce and Transportation and Tourism Committee).

Over the course of the current council his main activity has been involvement, as Chairman, in the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group which is taking the lead in preparing the Saltash Neighbourhood Development Plan for controlling future housing, industry and infrastructure development in Saltash up to 2030.

He said that one of the most important parts of preparing the Saltash Neighbourhood Plan is getting people’s views of what they wanted for Saltash in the future. This has been done by sending out questionnaires and having a variety of consultation meetings including weekly face to face discussions on Saturday mornings in the Library and taking part in “Meet your Councillors” events in Fore Street.

He said that the results of the questionnaires and the Neighbourhood Plan consultations have confirmed the importance of the planning and management of the proposed improvements in Saltash including taking over and refurbishing the Library and Station Building and expanding Town Council responsibility for public spaces.

David can be contacted via the Saltash Town Council at


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