Jack Rowland (Chair)
My background is 35 years working in the financial services industry for a number of companies in different locations in the UK and abroad. My career involved management roles and controlling multi-million-pound budgets. I moved to Seaton in 2003 with my partner Joan for family reasons and stood in a Town Council by-election in February 2016 and was elected as a Councillor. Since becoming a Councillor I was honoured to be elected as Vice Chair and Deputy Mayor in May 2016 and then Chair and Mayor in May 2017. I decided not to seek re-election as Chair and Mayor in May this year as I wanted to devote more time to Seaton Area Health Matters as I care deeply about the healthcare issues we face in this area.
Geoff Pook (Vice Chair)
I am a civil engineer with 30 years of experience in business and property development. I have lived in Beer since 1991 and have always been involved in community projects, I am currently a District and Parish Councillor. I believe in the strength of community-led projects and set up Beer CLT to provide affordable housing. Developing a locally based, high standard provision of health and social care will be a massive challenge and I am pleased to support Seaton Health Matters in this initiative.
I am a G.P. at the Seaton & Colyton Medical Practice and also chair the Seaton Hospital League of Friends.
Main career in the Civil Service, but also undertook a variety of other work around family commitments, including training and working as a nursery nurse. Before and since retiring has undertaken voluntary work for the Citizens Advice Bureau and Devon Senior Voice acting as Secretary / Treasurer and running subgroups. Also, set up the Seaton and District Health and Care Forum and chaired this until the recent merger with Seaton Area Health Matters.
Marcus has lived and worked in Seaton all his life. He is a businessman and for the past 15 years Marcus has operated a newsagent and convenience store. Marcus’ retail experience spans over 20 years and he has a broad understanding of the challenges small businesses face. In 2017 he re-located the Post Office to his shop in Harbour Road and became Postmaster.
Marcus felt a burning desire to get more involved with his local community and in 2015 he stood as a candidate for both the Town and District Council. He was elected to both Seaton Town Council and East Devon District Council, and now serves as a cabinet member at East Devon District Council, with responsibility for the environment.