Councillors’ Profiles

In October 2017 Yarnscombe Parish Council received the National Association of Local Councils' Foundation Level Award. We are now working towards the next level Quality Award, for which we are required to display councillors’ profiles on our website. The first of these profiles are now available below; the remainder will follow in due course.

Chris Brice

Cllr. Chris Brice's photograph

I began my working life in the Merchant Navy as an Engineer Officer Cadet and was sent to Hiroshima, Japan, to assist in new building projects. With a short intermediate spell in Human Resources I have worked for 40 years at sea and ashore in both technical and advisory roles with various companies in the Middle East and Europe, retiring in 2012 after 30 years as a Chief Engineer Officer. I joined Yarnscombe Parish Council in May 2010 and have served as Chairman since May 2014. In my spare time I serve as a director of a management company, I assist my wife running a B&B, I enjoy boating as a member of North Devon Yacht Club and driving my TVR sports car, although I gave up my motorcycle last year as too hazardous because of the poor state of the roads.


Harold Martin

Cllr. Harold Martin's photograph

I first became a Parish Councillor in 1987 when I won my seat in a hotly contested election; I was living at West Greylake then with my wife and two children. Since then I have served a total of twenty-seven years as a Parish/Town Councillor. In 2000 we moved to Great Torrington to live and I joined the Town Council where I served three terms as Mayor, then on returning to live in Yarnscombe in 2011 I once again joined the Parish Council where I now hold the office of Vice-Chair. From 2011 to 2015 I served as District Councillor for the Two Rivers Ward. My main interests outside the council are my farm, the church (I am Churchwarden at Great Torrington), and I am a Trustee of the Town and Lands Charity in Torrington where I am Chair of the Tenancy Sub Committee.


Denys Cooke

Cllr. Denys Cooke's photograph

I have lived in Yarnscombe all my life and I have served on the Parish Council since 2010, in the footsteps of my grandfather who served in the 1940s. I joined the Council to prevent its becoming permanently inquorate, to represent the interests of people living in the outlying areas of the parish and to try to bring about an improvement in the state of the roads. I help with fund-raising efforts and grass verge cutting, and have built several features for use in the playing field and play area. My interests include my farm and general country matters.


Richard Pengilley

Cllr. Richard Pengilley's photograph

I moved to Yarnscombe from Wiltshire in 2006 following retirement from a sequence of scientific, technical and managerial roles in Information Technology. I was invited to join the Parish Council in 2007 after volunteering to set up the village website, which I continue to maintain, along with two others for local organisations. I also write and update several of the documents that are necessary for the Council’s annual audit. My outside interests include the village church and the Taw Probus Club in Barnstaple, for both of which I am currently treasurer, and I have recently qualified as a RoSPA advanced driving tutor so I now enjoy teaching others safer driving.


Rachel Stephens

Cllr. Rachel Stephens' photograph

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Paul Williams

Cllr. Paul Williams' photograph

I moved to Devon from Gloucestershire in 2011. I have lived in Yarnscombe since 2012, following my retirement from The Avon and Somerset Constabulary. I currently work as the Inclusion Room Coordinator, dealing with poorly behaved pupils, at Pilton Community College. I am a parent governor at Horwood and Newton Tracey Primary School. During my time on the Parish Council I have also conducted the role of PROW Warden for the parish.