Who We Are

Seaton Area Health Matters - Jack Rowland

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.

Seaton Area Health Matters - Geoff Pook

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.

Seaton Area Health Matters - Mark Welland

Mark Welland

I am a G.P. at the Seaton & Colyton Medical Practice and also chair the Seaton Hospital League of Friends.

Jon Dove

Jon Dove

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.

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Martin Shaw

Martin Shaw was elected as the County Councillor for Seaton and Colyton in 2017. He is a member of Seaton Town Council and worked to keep the beds in Seaton Hospital. Martin has more than four decades' experience as a social science academic and inside knowledge of the NHS in which his wife worked for many years. On the County Council, he contributes regularly to the meetings of the Devon Health and Adult Care Scrutiny Committee.
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Roger Trapani

Born in Cardiff 1947. Formative years in Bristol. Always involved with team sports. Only two paid jobs; Bristol Waterworks Co. - 18 months; Civil Service - 32 years. Have undertaken voluntary work for various Charities and Community organisations for 40 years. Currently, lay advisor to Devon County Council on Adult services and for the two NHS Commissioning Groups for Devon.
Seaton Area Health Matters - Tiggy Parry

Tiggy Parry

Tiggy (Victoria) Parry worked for many years in international health before founding the charity Health and Local Food for Families in Axminster in 2006.  She continues to run the charity as it expands to help many groups of people throughout East Devon and other areas.  She has lived in East Devon for 26 years, has an MSc in Public Health, and is committed to helping to improve the health of all groups of local people.  She is a Community Representative for NEW Devon CCG.

Seaton Area Health Matters - Marcus Hartnell

Marcus Hartnell

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.

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