Meet The Trustees

  1. Yvette Elliott  - Chair

Yvette has lived in Widecombe all her life and has been both self-employed and employed since graduating.  Responsibilities included project management, volunteer management, project administration and book-keeping, staff management and directorship of limited companies. Some experience of construction projects with joint responsibility for the budgets, planning and delivery of these.

Yvette has undertaken regular voluntary work since 2000, becoming a charity trustee in 2003, holding positions of Secretary, Vice-Chair and Chair of various organisations. She was a former member of both the Leusdon Memorial Hall and Church House Management Committees. As a Chair & trustee at the local Pre-school over a 7 year period, responsibilities also included staff management.

As a member of Widecombe Parish Council, there are clear links with community activities and plans.


2. Christine Blood – Vice-Chair

Christine has lived in the area for the past 3 years and brings her experience of being a Systems / Business Analyst for 25 years to the team.   She has an understanding of business needs and problem solving and has 30 years of project work experience involving working to deadlines and budgets, including some project management.

Christine’s enjoyment of gardening will be most useful for assisting in the design & maintenance of the outside space at the new hall.


3. Sarah Reeve  - Secretary

Sarah has lived in the area for 21 years and has experience of voluntary work on local committees including two Village Halls (Treasurer) and Pre-School & Primary School fundraising committee (Chair & Treasurer).

Sarah’s Employment background is in Graphic Design, Photography and Book keeping.  Sarah’s hobbies include Photography & Music.


4. Chris Elliott - Treasurer

Chris has lived in the area for the past 15 years and in his working life as an employee and company director, has run many civil engineering projects of a similar scale to the construction of a village hall.  This covered aspects such as seeking planning permission, detailed design and contract management.  Chris has first-hand experience of how these projects often have diverse stakeholders with differing opinions and aims.

Chris has been a trustee of a local Multi-Academy Trust (MAT), and also on the Finance and HR sub-committee of the same organisation - a MAT of 8 schools.  He is the Chair of Governors at Widecombe Primary School and a trustee of the Widecombe Education Foundation, a small grant awarding organisation.

5. Alan Peake - Trustee

Alan has lived in the area for 38 years.  From 1963 to 2010 he worked in the construction industry both in the UK and Overseas.  Positions held include Technical Director & General Manager of companies in Africa and the Middle East.

For the last 20 years worked Alan has worked as a Consultant Project Manager in the UK & Ireland for civil engineering and building projects.  He has experience of project planning, financial control, health and safety and risk management.

Alan was a Governor of Dartington College of Arts for 5 years until the college moved from Totnes to Falmouth

6. Lloyd Mortimore - Trustee

Lloyd is a farmer born and bred in the parish of Widecombe, living with his wife Rosemary with whom he has always been heavily involved in village activities. They are currently a trustee and secretary of the village’s existing Church House.

As an organic beef farmer with the practical skills that that go with the job, Lloyd is able to offer a practical and common-sense approach to this project. He is involved with the Widecombe Fair event each year, a retired Parish councillor and on numerous advisory groups within and including the Dartmoor National Park Authority.

Lloyd is a firm believer in cooperative spirit, being involved with many such groups in the farming circle and has always been involved in the Young Farmers Movement being a member, leader and finally being their President, as the years have progressed.

Hobbies include the local drama group, stone engraving and trying to master a sense of humour!


7. Polly McAfee – Trustee

Polly is a freelance counsellor and group facilitator who lives in the parish with her partner and children. She brings previous experience as co-founder of The Funding Network charity and trustee of The Nature Effect. She has also substantially renovated a property and run a small, part time arts venue.

8. Sophie Mount-Thurston - Trustee

Sophie was brought up in Cambridgeshire, attended Aberdeen University (French/History of Art) then moved to London and worked for an NPO before retraining to become a primary school teacher.  She taught in London for 12 years before moving to Devon in 2015.  Sophie lives near Hound Tor with her husband and a menagerie of animals and loves walking and riding across Dartmoor.  She has worked in a couple of different, local primary schools and still does.  Sophie loves being involved in the community of both Widecombe and Manaton as she lives between the two and is also on the parish council for Manaton village.