Meet The Councillors

We hold monthly surgeries to give you an opportunity for a personal question-and-answer session with Council. All surgeries will be attended by either the Mayor or Deputy Mayor plus one other Councillor.

Surgeries are your chance to let your views be known. So, 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.


Christina Whitty
24 Stephens Road, Liskeard PL14 3SX
01579 345407

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 the current Mayor of Liskeard.

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.

Deputy Mayor

David Ambler
16 Peppers Park, Liskeard PL14 3TY
01579 345407

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 has been the Liskeard Town Sergeant/Sergeant of Mace for over ten years.  This is a ceremonial role, and involves 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.


Tyler Bennetts
15 Treverbyn Close, Liskeard PL14 3TG
01579 345924

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.

Rachel Brooks
Dunsland, Barn Street, Liskeard PL14 4BL
01579 345407

Rachel has been a Town Councillor since 2013 and for most of that time has been Chair of the Communications and Engagement Committee.  In that role she has worked to improve the promotion of Liskeard through the development of new websites and a new town leaflet; coordinated events including the Man Engine Day in 2016; led consultations on town centre parking and on the Council’s draft aims and objectives; and improved signage and flowers in the town centre.

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

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

Aside from the Town Council, Rachel has 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.  She relaxes by knitting and crocheting quite well and doing Tai Chi quite badly.

Simon Cassidy
5 Whitley Grange, Liskeard, PL14 6DQ
01579 347976
07967 093306

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
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
Holywell Orchard, Pengover Road, Liskeard PL14 3NW
07970 075 277

Ian has been a lifelong resident of Liskeard.  He now manages the Goldsworthy family business in the town.

Ian has been a Town Councillor for the last 7 years.

Sally Hawken
3 Home Park, Venslooe Hill, Liskeard PL14 6BJ
01579 347544
07923 456 088

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.

Roger G Holmes
Lowena, Looedown, Liskeard PL14 6RD
07904 174 179

Roger Holmes has been a member of the town’s Council since the days of the Borough and has twice been Mayor. He has also served on Caradon District Council and Cornwall Council. His particular concern is to see the town’s economy revived.

He is a Bard of the Cornish Gorsedh (Carer Gwandra = Lover of Travel) and is keen to revive our once thriving twinning with the Breton town of Quimperlé.

For over thirty years he helped organise the Cornish representation at the world-renowned Inter-Celtic Festival at Lorient, in Brittany, with particular reference to our artist, sculptors and potters.

Sandra Mitchell
47 Higher Lux Street, Liskeard PL14 3JX
07704 781 724


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.

Jane Pascoe
Churchtown Farm, St. Keyne, Liskeard PL14 4RJ
01579 348442
07484 315 327

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
Tregenna, Dobsons Close, Callington Road, Liskeard, PL14 3HB
01579 228612

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
14 Pengover Heights, Liskeard PL14 3UA
01579 345213

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
Ancient House, 18 Church Street, Liskeard PL14 3AG
01579 343324

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
26 Samuel Bone Close, Liskeard PL14 3NU
07889 150 028

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

Naomi  moved to Liskeard in 2000 and lives and works in the town. She has 2 sons who currently attend Hillfort School.

She has a strong interest in provision for young people in Liskeard as well as local events and will enjoy working within the community to make Liskeard even better!

Book Your Appointment

Surgeries are held in the Mayor’s parlour by appointment at 15 minute intervals. Evening appointments are also possible by special arrangement.

Mr Steve Vinson
Town Clerk
3-5 West Street
PL14 6BW
Tel: 01579 345407
Fax: 01579 324429

See Declarations of Interest