Meet our team of hard-working, dedicated Councillors and the Cranbrook Town Council staff who support them.


Cllr Les Bayliss
Chairman of the Council, Chair of Planning Committee

Les spent most of his working life (prior to taking early retirement in 2010) in the fire service, initially as a firefighter in the Royal Air Force followed by some 34 years as a fire officer at Exeter Airport, where he ended his career as the Fire Service and Risk Management Manager. He moved from Honiton to Cranbrook in April 2017 and feels it offers the potential to become a town of excellence, a town for the future and a town for all – young and old. He looks forward to being a part of the community and in a position to help it thrive.

leslie.bayliss@cranbrooktowncouncil.gov.uk

Cllr Kevin Blakey

Kevin is a native of Exeter, and moved to Cranbrook in 2012. He works in the photoelectronics industry in Exeter. He was Chairman of the Town Council from its inception in 2015 until 2019, when he stepped down to allow more time after he was also elected as one of Cranbrook’s three District Councillors. He remains an active member of the Town Council and is keen to see the commercial and social development of the town, particularly in the town centre.

kevin.blakey@cranbrooktowncouncil.gov.uk

Cllr Kim Bloxham

Kim moved to Cranbrook in 2013 and very quickly got involved in helping members of the community with concerns regarding issues that naturally occur when moving into a new town. Kim established a relationship with partners, the Consortium, EDDC, DCC, developers, utility companies, Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner and the local Policing team. In 2015 Kim joined the town council when it was established and in 2019 Kim became one of Cranbrook’s first District Councillors as an Independent member. Kim’s vision is for Cranbrook to be recognised by all as a successful vibrant town with an engaging, friendly community

kim.bloxham@cranbrooktowncouncil.gov.uk

Cllr Ray Bloxham

Ray is a former CID (Criminal Investigation Department) officer. His career spanned 30 years during which he investigated all types of crime including murder, child abuse, commercial fraud and corruption. He retired as a detective inspector in 1998, moved to East Devon soon after and has lived in Cranbrook since 2013. He has been in local government for almost 20 years, as a parish, town, district and county councillor and brings this experience to the Town Council. He wants to ensure that Cranbrook is a successful and vibrant town whilst being sensitive to and recognising the needs of the surrounding rural communities.

ray.bloxham@cranbrooktowncouncil.gov.uk

Cllr Colin Buchan

Colin recently retired after a 34-year career in the healthcare sector, as a dentist. He moved to Cranbrook in August 2016 and was attracted to the possibility of serving on the local council as he felt, since the council is still so new, this offers something of a blank canvas with so much to do. He hopes his experience of the healthcare sector will be of use to the community and is keen to explore his new role.

colin.buchan@cranbrooktowncouncil.gov.uk

Cllr Sam Hawkins
Chair of Finance & Personnel Committee

Sam grew up in Exeter and moved to Cranbrook in 2016. He is currently working for a firm of Chartered Accountants based on the Exeter Business Park and is looking to use some of these skills to aid the community. Sam is excited about the future of the town and is keen to be a part of helping it to grow and thrive.

sam.hawkins@cranbrooktowncouncil.gov.uk

Cllr Phil Norgate

Phil is a Sales Support Manager for an Information Technology company in Exeter which works with all sectors, private and public, including schools, academies and universities. He became a town councillor as he wished to make a positive contribution to the development of Cranbrook in its early years. Phil has two daughters who attend local schools (in Cranbrook and Broadclyst). He enjoys exploring the West Country with his family

phil.norgate@cranbrooktowncouncil.gov.uk

Cllr Matthew Osborn
Councillor for Sports, Health & Wellbeing

Matt relocated his businesses from Cornwall to Exeter and was attracted to Cranbrook by the pioneering spirit of the community here. His children attend Cranbrook Education Campus and he and his wife are involved in various social and community events. He has previous experience of involvement in local community projects, especially football clubs, having held various roles including secretary and chairman and has helped arrange local charity events. With a keen community spirit and understanding of people from all walks of life, his current business offers debt counselling services to people in extreme financial difficulties and advisors to local Job Centres and Housing Associations. Matt decided to serve as a local councillor to help promote and protect the values of the community in the town. He hopes to bring his understanding of project management and financing as well as planning and infrastructure building to the role

matt.osborn@cranbrooktowncouncil.gov.uk

Cllr Nick Partridge
Liaison Councillor for Youth Genesis

Nick has lived in Cranbrook since 2013 so was among the first group of residents to move in. During that time, he has been a school governor and a member of the community forum. He is married with 3 children, one of whom attends Cranbrook Education Campus (Primary). He has lived in the county for 34 years and whilst his work takes him to many parts of the world he values Devon for its beauty and relaxing way of life. He joined the Council as he wanted to have a hand in shaping our community for the better and in ensuring Cranbrook receives the best facilities possible within a budget which remains affordable. He wants residents to understand that the Council is working in their interests and is engaging in some exciting plans and projects. He would love to see more people attend council meetings to ask questions and help shape those visions.

nick.partridge@cranbrooktowncouncil.gov.uk

Cllr Barry Rogers
Chair of Amenities Committee

Barry has lived in Cranbrook since 2015, having retired from a career in the international petroleum industry. In his former work, his engagement with local communities both in Britain and abroad highlighted the importance of a sense of ownership of change. He therefore believes individual engagement in local issues is essential in the development of Cranbrook as a place where we all belong, and where we want to leave a legacy our children can be proud of.

barry.rogers@cranbrooktowncouncil.gov.uk

Vacancy

Meet our team of hard-working, dedicated Councillors and the Cranbrook Town Council staff who support


Vacancy

Meet our team of hard-working, dedicated Councillors and the Cranbrook Town Council staff who support


Janine Gardner
Town Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer

The Town Clerk is the Council’s Proper Officer and as such is under a statutory duty to carry out all the functions required by law of a local authority, including serving statutory notifications, advising the Council to enable evidence-based decision-making and implementing decisions. The post holder is also the Council’s Responsible Financial Officer.

clerk@cranbrooktowncouncil.gov.uk

Tracy Simmons
Deputy Clerk

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office@cranbrooktowncouncil.gov.uk

Brenda Masters
Administrative Assistant

Brenda has been living in Cranbrook since 2015 and moved here from Exeter in order to be closer to her daughter and grandchildren. She is in charge of the management of the Younghayes Centre, including the bookings for the main hall and the upstairs meeting room.

bookings@cranbrooktowncouncil.gov.uk

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