Meet The Councillors

If you have a question for your Town Councillor, an issue you wish to raise, a bright idea that might improve the town, or simply want to find out more about what the Town Council is doing, talk to us.

Mayor

Rachel Brooks
WEST WARD
01579 345407
rachel.brooks@liskeard.gov.uk

The thing I most enjoy about being on the Town Council is working with a very wide variety of people and organisations to get things done.

I have been a Town Councillor since 2013 and for most of that time was Chair of the Communications and Engagement Committee.  I have worked to improve the promotion of Liskeard through the development of new websites, the Lyskerrys magazine and a new town leaflet; coordinated events including the Man Engine Day in 2016, Liskeard Unlocked and Nadelik Lyskerrys (Cornish Christmas); led consultations on town centre parking and on the Council’s draft aims and objectives; and improved signage and flowers in the town centre.

Previously I worked in a range of jobs helping the NHS and voluntary organisations improve services and how they are managed.  I moved with my family to Liskeard in 2005 and my son attends a local school.

Aside from the Town Council, I have a lot of fun working with a like-minded group to organise the 3 Bags Full Wool Market and Woolly Workshops in Liskeard every autumn.  I relax by knitting and crocheting quite well and doing Tai Chi quite badly.

Deputy Mayor

Sandra Mitchell
EAST WARD
07704 781 724
sandi1512@gmail.com

I was born in Gloucestershire but have lived in Cornwall for nearly 30 years.  I moved to Liskeard 18 years ago from Polperro to be nearer amenities such as transport, library and leisure park.

I am married with six children and six grandchildren and am very family orientated and enjoy having my family around me as much as possible.

I am a member of Grace Community Church in Morval and was in charge of the Sunday School there for eight years.

I have worked in Liskeard Co op since 2005 and I love the community atmosphere of the store.  For the last five years I have been in charge of fundraising events in store.  In November I accepted the job as Co op’s Member Pioneer,  which is a community connector role and I find my new role very rewarding.

In May 2017 I was elected onto the Co op’s National Members Board. There are 100 of us from all over the UK and we represent the Co op Members.  We meet with the Directors in Manchester four times a year to discuss issues and future plans for the business.

My passions are family and community and I dislike poverty and injustice.  My desire is to see improvements in the quality of life for people struggling through poverty, fear, sickness and loneliness.

Councillors

David Ambler
EAST WARD
01579 345407
d.ambler@liskeard.gov.uk

A product of St Martins Primary School and Liskeard Secondary School, David has a strong knowledge of Liskeard, and is proud to call the town his home.  Even while studying for his electronics degree, and working up country as an avionics engineer, David returned regularly to Cornwall and his home town – the sea and moors are never far from his thoughts.

David was the Liskeard Town Sergeant/Sergeant of Mace for over ten years.  This was a ceremonial role, and involved carrying the town’s maces before the Mayor on official parades.  The maces can be viewed during town parades and information on their history sought from the Councillors present.

Running a local business, sharing an interest in local history and hopeful about the future directions of the town, David has been co-opted onto Liskeard Town Council during 2017.  He looks forward to working with the community and local organisations to support the development of the town with upcoming technologies, business opportunities and future developments.

David represents Liskeard East Ward.  David has a particular interest in the future of Liskeard and the way technology could affect its capability in Cornwall and the country.

Ian Barlow
NORTH WARD
07526645479
i.barlow@liskeard.gov.uk

I moved to Liskeard in 2015 and before that lived in St Germans for twenty years while working at Plymouth University as a lecturer in the engineering departments.

I was co-opted onto the Town Council in early 2019 and am a member of the Communication and Engagement Committee and the Planning Committee. There are currently exciting developments emerging in and around Liskeard ranging from plans for the Cattle Market site to the planning and designation of new footpaths and cycle routes. I am looking forward to working towards steering developments to the maximum benefit of the community and the wider environment.

I do not own a car and hardly ever use one but I do travel widely and often so I have a keen interest in the provision of public transport and in the transport infrastructure. More locally, I am a regular cyclist and walker, often with the local Ramblers group.

I volunteer as an advisor with the Citizens’ Advice Bureau.

Much of any spare time that remains is absorbed at present by my efforts to transform my garden from a green desert into something more beneficial and productive.

Tyler Bennetts
WEST WARD
01579 345924
councillorbennetts@gmail.com

I volunteer and am a Trustee at the ECHO centre. ECHO is a service that supports people with physical disabilities of all kinds.

I have worked within Cornwall’s Social Services and Adult Education.  I have delivered training to extremely diverse groups including Care Workers, Drs, Social work teams, the Police and many others.  I have learnt to be inclusive in sessions and am aware that sometimes delegates need to be challenged and policies within working practice upheld.

I have worked for many years helping people and supporting them, and their carers, through difficult times.  I have also progressed from Customer Assistant to Manager at the Safeway Petrol Station in the town.

I attended Liskeard Grammar school and have gained further qualifications through the Adult Education service.

I believe in safeguarding, equality and diversity and human rights for all.

Simon Cassidy
WEST WARD
01579 347976
07967 096306
s.cassidy@liskeard.gov.uk

I am a relative newcomer to Liskeard although I have frequently visited the area to see family in the past.

On arriving in Liskeard I was taken aback at the warm welcome and support I received from all the people I met, and, finding some spare time on my hands I wanted to repay that debt by giving something back to the people of Liskeard.

Originally hailing from Cumbria, I’ve worked in the Rail Industry across the South West over the last 19 years and currently manage Operations across Devon and Cornwall.

I have two boys aged 11 and 6, the youngest attends school in Liskeard.

In my spare time I am an avid supporter of Liskeard Looe Rugby and currently serves as the Club’s Vice Chairman.

I  am passionate about improving both Community Engagement between Council and Community and Economic Development to support the growth of Liskeard and to ensure future prosperity for all.

Anna Clarke
EAST WARD
18 Dungarth Green, Liskeard PL14 3BS
01579 345407

Anna grew up in Callington where her family have a long history.  However, she has lived in Liskeard for the past 15 years with brief periods being spent in Manchester and other areas of the North West.  She now lives in the town with her partner Farid and their two children Isaac (4) and Irah (2).

Anna has in the past worked in several residential homes in Liskeard and Liskeard School and Community College as a teaching assistant.  More recently she has worked as a community development worker in Liskeard East. This involved setting up a playgroup in the Castle Park area and working with the Real Junk Food project to see a weekly lunch at Liskeard Scout hut. The emphasis being seeing a reduction in isolation to those in the local community.

Currently she is a mental health group worker for Young People Cornwall.  Passionate about seeing young people have a space in the town she also volunteers at the Liskerrett Youth Club, who are currently looking for more volunteers.

In her spare time, alongside many friends and wonderful volunteers, she supports Liskeard Community Action. They provide a children’s clothes bank to the local area and have organised great events such as Party in the Park which saw over 600 people attend the community event in Castle Park.

Ian Goldsworthy
NORTH WARD
Holywell Orchard, Pengover Road, Liskeard PL14 3NW
07970 075 277

I’ve been a Liskeard resident all my life. I attended St Martin’s and Liskeard School before going to work in our family business, HE Goldsworthy, which is based on Market Street in the heart of Liskeard.  Through my work I meet many people from the town and the surrounding area which helps to give me an insight into what residents think of the Town and what the Town Council should do.

I currently Chair the Facilities Committee which manages the Town Council’s properties.  The Council works hard to maintain and improve its buildings and open spaces.  The recent improvements to the facilities and accessibility at the Public Hall are a good example of this work.  I look forward to supporting the Council as it begins to work towards improving the Towns Parks and Open Spaces.

Sally Hawken
EAST WARD
3 Home Park, Venslooe Hill, Liskeard PL14 6BJ
07923 456 088
sally.hawken@cornwallcouncillors.org.uk

Sally returned to Liskeard and her Cornish roots over 20 years ago to teach English at Bodmin College.

She pulled together the original team that successfully bid for the Portas Pilot and has served on the Town Team.

Sally has been a Town & Cornwall Councillor for Liskeard East since 2013 and is now Lead Member for Children & Wellbeing on Cornwall Council’s Cabinet.

Jane Pascoe
WEST WARD
Churchtown Farm, St. Keyne, Liskeard PL14 4RJ
01579 348442
07484 315 327
jane.pascoe@cornwallcouncillors.org.uk

Although not born in Liskeard Jane feels it’s where she belongs.  She has owned businesses in the town for over 40 years, and believes in making the town centre more attractive to shoppers and visitors.

One of Jane’s priorities is bringing economic investment into South East Cornwall to create much needed employment.

She has served on the Liskeard Town Forum, is on the Chamber of Commerce, a Secretary of the Liskeard Show and is also now a Cornwall Councillor representing the best interests of Liskeard West and Dobwalls.

Although not born in Liskeard Jane feels it’s where she belongs.  She has owned businesses in the town for over 40 years, and believes in making the town centre more attractive to shoppers and visitors.

One of Jane’s priorities is bringing economic investment into South East Cornwall to create much needed employment.

She has served on the Liskeard Town Forum, is on the Chamber of Commerce, a Secretary of the Liskeard Show and is also now a Cornwall Councillor representing the best interests of Liskeard West and Dobwalls.

Julian Smith
NORTH WARD
Tregenna, Dobsons Close, Callington Road, Liskeard, PL14 3HB
01579 228612
j.smith@liskeard.gov.uk

I am quite new to Liskeard and I hope I can bring some fresh ideas to blend with the traditional, established ways to make the very best use of the resources and services available to Liskeard townspeople through the Town Council.

Having worked in senior posts most of my life in large corporate industry, I now run my own business services company.  I have previously been a Chairman of School Governors and Chairman of one of the largest children’s football clubs in Buckinghamshire.

Although I have only lived in Cornwall a year, my family has been holidaying here for over 35 years and I am very familiar with the county.

My personal interests are sailing, photography and model railways.

Tony Powell
NORTH WARD
01579 345213
apow@btinternet.com

Tony joined the Town Council in 1995. Since then he has also served as a  County and District Councillor at various times and is a former leader of Caradon District Council.

Tony’s family live in Liskeard and he has served as Mayor on five occasions.

He is currently Chair of the Council’s Planning Committee that has responsibility for co-ordinating the work of the Neighbourhood Plan.

Susan Shand
EAST WARD
Ancient House, 18 Church Street, Liskeard PL14 3AG
01579 343324
s.shand@liskeard.gov.uk

I have lived in Liskeard for 18 years and have been actively involved in the community in one way or another throughout that time.  I was a volunteer at the Museum during its transition from West Street to Foresters Hall in Pike Street and now I am a member of the Management Committee and volunteer at the Liskerrett Community Centre.

I originally trained as a Nurse in the Royal Navy (QARNNS) and am a proud Veteran. After a varied career, marriage, and children, travelling around the country, I studied as a mature student obtaining a good Honours degree and post-graduate qualifications in Business and in Therapeutic Counselling.

My areas of concern are based around the community in Liskeard, from maintaining the historic character to ensuring that the proposed Cattle Market development serves the town.

I am active in the Neighbourhood Plan and the Town Forum and in supporting initiatives which support the people who have suffered most under austerity, as well as inclusive community events which promote community involvement, benefit the residents, benefit the whole community, and promote the town.

Naomi Taylor
WEST WARD
01579 348905
councillortaylor@btinternet.com

Naomi grew up in Saltash and was educated at Plymouth High School for Girls. She completed her further education at Duchy College in Stoke Climsland, completing a course in Leisure & Recreation management.

Naomi  moved to Liskeard in 2000 and has lived in the town ever since. She has 2 sons who attend school within Liskeard.

Naomi is currently the Vice Chair of the Planning committee and takes a strong interest in local development within the town.

Christina Whitty
NORTH WARD
24 Stephens Road, Liskeard PL14 3SX
01579 345407
c.whitty@liskeard.gov.uk

I was born in Liskeard at Passmore Edwards Nursing Home, as was my sister and 1 of my 5 brothers.

I grew up in Dobwalls and went to School there, followed by Liskeard Comprehensive and then Plymouth Catering College.  My first job at 14 years old was in Dobwalls village shop.  Whilst at College worked at Webbs Hotel and after qualifying in my chosen field I continued to work there until it closed in 1989.  I then went to work at the Fountain Hotel, followed by Pengover Home and then Kilmar House.  After this I worked at the Echo Centre, a centre for adults with learning disabilities, for 20 years until I retired at Christmas 2015.

I have three children and while they were growing up I supported them in their chosen organisations, becoming a Cub Leader for 20 years and Sergeant Instructor for Liskeard Army Cadets for 10 years.

I am very proud to be a resident of Liskeard and I have served on the Town Council for 14 years.

I am a member of other organisations in Liskeard and I would like to think I am able to support all of our wonderful community.

Book Your Appointment

If you wish to book an appointment to talk to a Town Councillor please contact:

Mr Steve Vinson
Town Clerk
3-5 West Street
Liskeard
PL14 6BW
Tel: 01579 345407
Fax: 01579 324429
email: townclerk@liskeard.gov.uk

See Declarations of Interest