The Tamar Bridge and Brunel's Royal Albert Bridge

Saltash Town Council

The current Mayor is Councillor Gloria Challen. 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 GilliesSarah 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 PeggsJulia 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 PhillipsBill 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, I 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.

Brenda SamuelsMrs Brenda Samuels   (Saltash North)

Married to Pete with one son and two stepsons, plus two dogs who rule the household completely!
Born and educated in Cornwall I started my working life at a local estate agents 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 onto a property developer progressing to Area Manager. When the company was taken over I decided to take redundancy and go into business with my husband Pete and we now run our own carpet and underlay business in Saltash.
For many years I was a member of Saltash and District Ladies Circle managing to become Area Chairman for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Having been in business in the area for a number of years I joined Saltash Rotary Club becoming their President in 2016-17. I was recognised by the Club for my work within the charity in 2018 by being created a Paul Harris Fellow. Having seen my husband join Saltash Town Council and enjoying his involvement in local matters I decided to stand as a candidate in 2018. I was elected unopposed and have gone on to become a member of several committees including being Chair of the Personnel committee, a role which I enjoy immensely.

Saltash South Ward

Mark FoxMr. Mark Fox   (Saltash South)

Tel: 07975 656 831

Sheila Lennox-BoydSheila Lennox-Boyd*   (Saltash South)

Tel: 07808 164 388

Employed Cornwall Councillor

Sarah MartinSarah Martin   (Saltash South)

Tel: 0771 7442879

Sarah Martin is a Mum of two young children, and has lived in Saltash since 2005. She has a long career in Marketing and Communications, working most recently for the NHS in Community Health Services in Cornwall. She volunteers for various event committees in the town including Mayfair Committee and Saltash Regatta and Waterside Festival, and is a member of the Saltash Chamber of Commerce and the Twinning Association. She has spent much time living abroad, speaks German as a second language, and has a keen interest in mental and physical health issues in our community as well as a passion to help form a vision for the future of Saltash high street.

Averil PinckneyAveril Pinckney   (Saltash South)

Averil Rose Pinckney lived in Portsmouth up until 2015 and has 40 years of Nursing experience in St Mary's Hospital then Queen Alexandra Hospital, mainly in the Urology Department.
I am the founder of the Eva's Little Stars Foundation supporting families after stillbirth. Eva was my first Grandchild who we lost to stillbirth. The foundation was started by me to help others so Eva being here for such a short time will help families.

Saltash East Ward

Richard BickfordRichard Bickford   (Saltash East)

Tel: 841119 or 07737390151

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.

Mike ParkerMike 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.

Julie RanceMrs Julie Rance   (Saltash East)

Tel: 07525 932022

Pete SamuelsPete 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

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. 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 MillerSteve 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 YatesDavid Yates   (Saltash West)

Tel: 843260

David Yates joined Saltash Town Council in 2007. He has now retired having worked 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 member of the Saltash Twinners as well as the Burraton Players, where he has often played the Pantomime villain (oh no he doesn’t etc.).

David has served as Mayor and Deputy Mayor.

His current main project is chairing the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group which is preparing the Neighbourhood Plan for development in Saltash up to 2030.


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