Councillors

Tamsin Aston

Chair

Tamsin was born and bred a Londoner and lived in various parts of Middlesex and Surrey until she saw the error of her ways – realising a long term ambition, she moved to Buckland Dinham, with her husband, Clive, in early 2009. She worked as Site Human Resources Manager at GE Oil & Gas in Nailsea for 4 years and currently works in a similar role for a large engineering, procurement & construction firm in central Bristol, supporting employees working on projects including Hinkley Point C & Wylfa Horizon new-build nuclear power stations in Somerset & Anglesey, North Wales, and an environmental recovery project at Sellafield in Cumbria.

She relaxes by doing different things at the weekend, spending much of her weekends working in the fields at the back of their property, growing organic fruit & vegetables; DIY & home improvements, photography, walking and generally enjoying the Somerset countryside.  Tamsin has been on the Parish Council since 2010 and was elected Chair in May 2015.


Will Phippen

Deputy Chair

William Phippen is a dairy farmer and transport operator whose family have lived in and farmed land in Buckland Dinham for around 200 years.  So he is a true “local”, knows nearly everything there is to know about the village and is now following in his father’s footsteps in another way as his father, the late Jim Phippen, was a parish councillor for many years.

Will is married with a son and daughter but also seems to be more distantly related, through his long family history, to a surprising number of other people in the village.  This causes some amusement when he has to decide whether he has or has not got an interest in planning applications!


Peter Corbett

Councillor

Now retired, Peter Corbett spent most of his life working in journalism and public relations. He and his wife Sara moved to Buckland Dinham in 1984 after spending six years managing an hotel in the Isles of Scilly where they had met in 1971. Peter had taken a year off to join an underwater search for a galleon of the Dutch East India Company which had sunk in the islands along with, reputedly, a vast treasure. His team, sadly, came second!

He has been a member of Buckland Parish Council for many years and is a former chairman. He is also on the executive committee of Frome Show, is a trustee member of Frome Writers’ Collective and has recently joined Buckland History Group.


Alan King

Councillor

Alan moved to Buckland Dinham in 1990 with his wife Corinne and son Oliver. A second son Troy was born here and the family were soon very involved in the village. The boys attended the playgroup and the playing field was very much a focal point.  Alan and Corinne were part of the Playing Field Committee, doing their turns on mowing the field.  In those days this was done with your own mower!  The family then moved away from the village to live in Wells after the boys won scholarships to Millfield, but they had been so happy here that the house was let and they returned to it in 2012.

Alan has always worked in agriculture in various roles and over the last twenty years has been very much involved in research and development of various technologies. Now he is Commercial Director of  Synergy Farm Health, a farm veterinary practice, and Chairman of  RAFT Solutions, a company doing research and development in agriculture.  His Interests outside agriculture are rugby, walking and travel.


John Reckless

Councillor

John has been resident in Buckland Dinham since 1979.  From this time he worked at the Royal United Hospital Bath as Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist, and also with Frome and Shepton Mallet commitments, until 2015.  He is Honorary Reader in the School of Health at the University of Bath and, now semi-retired, he continues with some medically-related work.

Over the last thirty years Dr Reckless has undertaken various national charity-related activities and is currently a Board member of HEART UK having previously been its Chairman.  As some may know he collects mechanical ‘kitchenalia’, or what Anne, his wife, refers to as ‘his metal junk’.


Viv Street

Councillor

Viv moved to Buckland Dinham from Hampshire in 2014 to be closer to her sons and six grandchildren.  Little more than a year later she joined the Parish Council here bringing the benefits of her previous experience as a member of four councils in Hampshire.

Her previous career was spent mostly in the Citizens Advice Service, ending up in Tower Hamlets which is a little different from Buckland Dinham!   Viv is currently a non-legal member of the Immigration Appeals Tribunal.  At home she enjoys reading, gardening, playing bridge and grandparenting.


Bob Tucker

Councillor


Parish Clerk

Pauline Short

Clerk

After a first career moving every few years as a Human Resources Manager for a major retailer, Pauline came to live in Buckland in 1992 to set up her own freelance business in HR Management and be nearer to her roots in Frome.  Soon after, in 1993, the job of parish clerk came vacant and, with the idea that it would work alongside her growing business and help her to get to know the village, she applied and has been clerk ever since –far too long some would say, and she has certainly seen a lot of changes, but she loves it.

Now semi-retired, Pauline still runs her business on a reduced scale and then fills her spare time to overflowing with all sorts.  This includes working for “good causes” as a Rotary club member and she is part of the Buckland History Group Team, leader of the Walking on Saturdays group and a supporter of various other village activities. She also enjoys travel and is (some may not believe this one) a regular at the gym!