Parish Councillors are normally elected to serve for a period of 4 years. The last Parish Council Election was held in May 2015. There are 12 elected councillors.

Meet Your Councillors

Bernard Taylor

Bernard Taylor

Chair

My name is Bernard Taylor and I am a retired farmer, married to Margaret and our son, Greg, is a photographer with SHNP. In February, Margaret and I moved to Silverwell Park.  I am a past Chairman of Totnes Branch of the NFU, I was Chairman of Bigbury Golf Club for eight years, I am also a past Chairman and President of the Totnes Agricultural Show and at present I am the Director of Totnes Show Ltd. My main interest outside of Modbury Parish Council is my garden and my golf.

Subcommittees: Planning, IDALC

Barry Keel

Biography to follow

Chris Barnes

Chris Barnes

Vice-Chair

Hello, My name is Christopher Barnes and I live in Long Park Modbury, with my wife Lynne Barnes.  I moved from London in 1985 to Modbury and have lived in Long Park since. I am an engineer by profession having worked in the telecommunication field most of my working life. After being made redundant I ran my own Solar Water heating company for a while. My last full time job was in the Dockyard where if the weather was OK I would cycle too. I am now semi retired running a Computer business with my wife doing computer lessons and repairs.

Subcommittees: Planning, Communication, Millennium Meadow, Neighbourhood Plan, Maintenance, Emergency Plan, Parish Paths Partnership.

Robin Berry

Robin Berry

I am married to Eileen, a community paediatrician, we have 3 boys and have lived in Modbury for 15 years. When not being Dad, I am a consultant in anaesthetics and intensive care at Derriford Hospital.
Off duty, I am an amateur runner, most recently completing the 2014 Exeter half marathon and can often be seen dragging a reluctant boxer around the lane

Subcommittees: MARS, Communication, Emergency Plan

Bill Cole

Bill Cole

I have lived in Modbury and surrounding villages since 1963. I have three daughters and two grandchildren.
I have been on Modbury Parish Council for many years and am a founder member of the maintenance committee, and am particularly interested in highway maintenance in the parish. I am currently chairman of Modbury Caring.

Subcommittees: Maintenance, Town Improvement Charity

Colin Whybrow

Colin Whybrow

I have lived in the South Hams for 29 years, 18 of them in Modbury, where I now live with my wife Carolyn, a retired South Hams primary school teacher. I have spent a long career in Marketing and Communications. I have a keen interest in the environment, a passion for dramatic English landscapes and have successfully introduced all the children in our family to the forgotten sport of Pooh Sticks. I volunteered my services to the Parish Council as a way of giving something back to a community that has contributed greatly to our quality of life.

Trevor Ward

Trevor Ward

I moved to Modbury in 1993 marrying Lindsay at St George’s Church. I am an Assistant Head Teacher at ACE School, Plymouth, for students who have experienced issues with mainstream education. I love Modbury and I feel blessed to live here. I promise to work to make a recognisable difference to your/our community. My main focus for now is good communication and governance for the PC. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have an idea or concern to raise.

Subcommittees: Communication, Neighbourhood Plan, Finance & Human Resources, Modbury Education Foundation, Modbury Sick Poor Charities

Brian Weeks

Brian Weeks

Retired Engineer. A Devonian and lived in Modbury for 32 years with my wife Lynn. I have two daughters who grew up here and they remain local. Helped maintain our rights of Way for 16 years and have been involved with numerous other projects around the Town. Any practical work for community benefit is a focus – as long as body and soul permit! Very keen on keeping our natural environment protected as much as possible.

Nicola Shepley

Nicola Shepley

My husband Hugh and I have lived in Modbury since 1982. Our two sons went to Primary School here then to Ivybridge Community College, where I worked for over 12 years. My background is in retail and, as Chairman of the Modbury Society our town’s amenity group, I do what I can to try to encourage footfall for the traders. I have just re-joined the Council, having previously served for 20 years, and hope my experience and knowledge of the town mean I can be a useful council member again.

John Harvey

John Harvey

A Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute (FCII), I came to Plymouth as local CEO of AON looking after the insurance requirements of large commercial companies, and a staff of 35.  I also had an interest in Law. My wife, four children and I have resided in the small hamlet of Shearlangstone for 30 years. My interests include: improving the lot of the residents living in the southern rural area of the parish, (particularly the younger generation who need help,) and trying to improve our almost extinct bus travel. I am an active member of Modbury Caring, both in befriending, and also driving patients to Plymouth/Kingsbridge Hospitals and Modbury Clinic. I am also member of cycling charity Sustrans, and a Plymouth Argyle season ticket holder.