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

Cllr Kevin Blakey
Chairman of the Council

Kevin recently retired from a career spanning insurance, commercial banking and property sales and the food industry. He moved to Cranbrook in late 2012 and is keen to see it become a thriving town with a strong commercial heart. Kevin intends to work with planners and developers to ensure that businesses are attracted to and can flourish in Cranbrook, providing work for residents and ensuring it is a sustainable town.

Cllr Kim Bloxham
Vice-Chairman of the Council

Kim moved from London to East Devon in 2001, and came to live in Cranbrook in 2013. She was a founder member of Community Helpers In Cranbrook (CHIC) and has worked closely with the consortium, district council and utility companies to ensure the best possible start for the town. She looks forward to continuing that work in her role as a town councillor.

Cllr Les Bayliss
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.

Cllr Ray Bloxham
Chair of Finance & Personnel Committee

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.

Cllr Colin Buchan
Vice Chair of Amenities Committee

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.

Cllr Sarah Gunn
Vice Chair of Planning Committee

Sarah works for a local charity and moved to Cranbrook from Exeter in 2014, motivated by the opportunity to be part of something new. She believes that Cranbrook can be a town renowned for innovation and a fantastic, inclusive and vibrant place to live and work. She is proud to be part of a modern, engaged and energetic council.

Cllr Sam Hawkins
Vice 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.

Cllr Phil Norgate
Member of Town Events Working Group

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

Deputy Clerk

The Deputy Town Clerk who is, in the absence of the Town Clerk (Proper Officer), under a statutory duty to carry out all the functions, and in particular to serve or issue all the notifications required by law of a local authority’s Proper Officer. The Deputy Clerk is also the person nominated as deputy Responsible Financial Officer in their absence.

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.

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