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.
My training based mainly in London included a stint in the Shetland Islands. I am delighted to be a GP partner in beautiful East Devon and I also provide urgent out-of-hours care at Devon Doctors. I have provided duty doctor care for the infamous Grizzly challenge and who knows, one day I might even attempt to run in it!
Outside work I enjoy spending time with my young family, improving my tennis serve and playing jazz piano. I also embrace the great outdoors whenever possible, whether paddle boarding in the sea, skiing overseas or doing battle with my garden lawn.
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.