Councillors

Alan King

Vice Chair

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

Chair

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.


Ian Blair

Councillor

Ian has lived and worked in Somerset for the last 30 years and moved to Buckland Dinham in 2010 with his wife Yvonne, who was born and grew up in the village.  He is a Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner and has worked for Wessex Water for over thirty years.  As Head of Group Health Safety and Security Ian is involved with health and safety, emergency planning, security and business resilience and this includes liaison with regulators including DEFRA, the Security Services and the Police.  He has been involved with a diverse range of issues including the Millennium (Y2K), the 2012 Olympics, the Salisbury “poisoning” incident, planning for EU Exit and more recently Covid-19.  Away from work Ian has an interest in environmental matters, scuba diving, photography, caravanning and enjoy spending time at home with friends and family.


Sue Palmer

Councillor

Sue  moved to Buckland Dinham in 2018 to enjoy village life. She love sport and the outdoor life. You’ll see her out cycling or walking – usually with Cooper her Cocker Spaniel.

Sue is a volunteer gardener at the village hall and welcomes you to stop for a chat if you see her there!

Sue has had a career in nursing and is now happily retired.


Elisita Kemp

Councillor

Elisita moved with her family to Buckland Dinham in 2017. As a family, they enjoy the wonderful walks through the stunning Buckland Dinham countryside and on hot days have been known to swim and row in the local rivers, enjoying immensely the wildlife, flora and fauna.
Elisita is a creative with over twenty years’ experience working in photography, film and VFX. Highlights of her career include being the first female director for a Samsung mobile campaign, billboards for The Royal Opera house and photographing the iconic Robert Vaughn. She is currently studying for a masters in photography at Arts University Bournemouth and still dreams of one day achieving her goals of conversational French.


Parish Clerk

Gill Pettitt

Clerk

Gill, who started working with Buckland Dinham Parish Council in February 2021 is also Parish Clerk for Croscombe Parish Council and a Councillor with St Cuthbert Out Parish Council. She moved to Somerset some five years ago having lived in a variety of towns and cities across England and Wales. “Somerset is where I plan to spend the rest of my days,” she says, “I love its variety of landscape and people, and have made many friends here.”

Gill has worked largely in administration with charities, as well as co-founding a bespoke computer software company in the early 90s for Housing Co-operatives and small Housing Associations. “I hope I can fill Pauline’s shoes well enough and look forward to working with another of the lovely parishes of Somerset.”