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The Team
  • WAP is managed by a group of Directors, representatives of the community as a whole. The Community Office and Wivey Link are managed and supported by two staff and a team of local volunteer drivers. The Community Office also receives further back-up from a team of volunteer reception/administration staff as the need arises.

  • The Community Office Team

  • Deb Stodgell - Office Manager

    Deb has returned to WAP on a part-time basis in order to resume her role as Office Manager. She brings a tremendous amount of local government knowledge as well as her skills in managing a wide ranging environment which the staff and volunteers encounter on a daily basis from the many and varied visitors to the Community Office.

    Deb lives in Fitzhead with much experience of the local area. Her return to the Community Office is greatly welcomed by the WAP Board of Trustees.

  • Jill Goodwin - Wivey Link Manager

    Jill lives in Cotford St Luke and joined in 2010 as a part-time employee in the Community Office. She manages Wivey Link bookings and the daily scheduling of the volunteer drivers. Her background has been in driving, scheduling and delivery of transport services as a Wren within the Royal Navy where she has spent much of her career. 

  • Hope Bourne - Office Administrator

    Hope has been working in the Community Office as an Administrator since April 2015, working on the scheduling of the Wivey Link service, taking bookings from passengers as well as photocopying and banking plus welcoming visitors to the office, giving local advice and answering their queries. Hope lives locally in Wivey and is now working Monday and Friday each week whilst studying part-time in Taunton to gain further qualifications to enhance her career.

  • Paula Gorman - Office Administrator

    Paula has recently joined the WAP team as an Administrator, bringing many years experience from her previous role as administrator and receptionist at a Local Authority Leisure and Recreational centre in Cheshire. Paula has moved to Wiveliscombe to be nearer her family and now lives locally in the centre of Wivey. Paula works Tuesday to Thursday in the office.

  • The Directors

  • Pauline Homeshaw MBE (Chair)

    A Wiveliscombe resident for 24 years, Pauline has a sales and editorial background. She is Chair of the Wiveliscombe Civic Society and also sits on the editorial committee of the Wiveliscombe Messenger and is a presenter on community radio station 10Radio. She is County Publicity Office for SSAFA Forces Help. 

    Pauline also runs the biennial 10 Parishes Festival, a celebration of the arts and crafts so prevalent in the 10 Parishes area. Pauline loves theatre, books and she and her husband Bob have a huge interest in gardening. 

  • Jenny Hoyle (Deputy Chair)

    Magistrate and Parish Councillor, Jenny and her family have lived in Milverton for over 40 years.

    Originally trained as a teacher, she did a post-graduate training and became Tourism Officer for the Local Authority, then Town Centre Manager for Taunton.

    Since her retirement from full-time employment, she has been even busier, as Trustee of a charity devoted to providing support for disadvantaged young people, and as a Board Member for a Rural Housing Association. Parish Council business, as ever, involves some time, but there is always time for a holiday. 

  • Roy Barfield

    A resident of Wiveliscombe since 2008, having moved after 30 years from Berkshire and taking early retirement from a long and wide ranging career in the IT industry. Background includes project and line management in sales, support and customer service, for private and public sector contracts.

    Roy is a regular driver for Wivey Link with interests in travel, gardening, walking and DIY. 

  • Stephen Froud

    Stephen recently retired from the Driving Standards Agency as the Deputy Chief Driving Examiner for the UK.

    He has been living locally for nearly 30 years after returning from teaching in London.

    He later became a Driving Examiner and moved back to this area.

    Since moving back he has been chair of governors at Wivelicombe Primary School, set up and managed the Kingsmead football team and was involved with the Cub Scouts.

    As Deputy Chief Driving Examiner, much of his time was spent working on projects both nationally and internationally including formulating and introducing EU regulations for cars, motorcycles and commercial vehicles, together with the present Driving Test and Highway Code.

    Stephen is a regular driver for Wivey Link.

  • Eddie East

    Eddie has had family connections with the Wiveliscombe area since the early 1980s and moved here himself in 2002 to take up the post of Headteacher at Sampford Arundel Primary School.

    Having recently retired as Headteacher at Sampford Arundel and Stawley schools Eddie is keen to take on other roles in the community and has joined the team of Wivey Link drivers.

    He is also making the most of the opportunity to pursue his personal interests which include gardening, tennis, rambling, skiing and climbing mountains.

  • Steve Ross

    Steve and his family moved into the community in 1999 and his children attend local schools and colleges. Steve has represented the area as an Independent District Councillor at Taunton Deane Council since 2011 and represents Wiveliscombe Town Council on the board of WAP. Steve is also a member of the Somerset Waste Board, the organisation that manages waste and recycling for Somerset.

  • Andrew Smith

    Andrew recently retired as Relationship Director, Corporate Banking South West for Lloyds Bank Plc. He has lived in Huish Champflower for over 24 years. Currently serving as a trustee for Hospiscare Exeter and a non executive at Devon and Cornwall Housing Ltd, he was previously a governor of Kingsmead School.

    His main hobby is sailing where he is a trustee and treasurer at Wimbleball Sailing Club. Other interests include cycling, walking, bridge and travel.

  • Terry Field

    Terry qualified as a barrister and spent the early years of his career in the courts. He also has extensive experience in commercial management in the insurance, shipping, oil and gas and defence sectors. He retired with his wife to Milverton 4 years ago, where they have both been heavily involved in village activities. Terry has been a driver for Wivey Link for just over a year and is looking forward to working with, and helping to develop, the Wiveliscombe Area Partnership.


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