Currently serving on Shipham Parish Council: Kate Hillis (Chairman), Neil Bisdee, Simon Leader, Charlie Riches, Sarah Harris, Chris Mitchel, Adrian Read, Iain Shaw, Peter Tratt, Ken Chalk
Here are some brief biographical details of the council members:
Dr Charlie Riches
Ken has lived in Shipham since 2006 after moving from Clifton. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1970 in London and worked in Australia from 1971 to 1973. From 1975 to 2000, he was a partner in Deloitte and predecessor firms working in Bristol, Manchester, Thames Valley and London. He specialised in corporate recovery and insolvency from the early 80s. He moved to Bristol in 2001, and was managing partner of Bristol office of Begbies Traynor from 2005 to 2008, when he retired. He is a former Governor of Churchill Community School, past Chairman of St John’s Residents Association in Clifton and is Treasurer of Shipham Youth Club. Ken lives with Debra and their daughter Olivia. He has three other grown up children all living in Bristol.
Neal has lived and worked on the family farm, Yew Tree Farm, Rowberrow, all his life. He also works as an HGV driver. He is a third generation Bisdee to serve on the Parish Council and is also a trustee for Shipham Football Club. Neal has four children.
An agronomist, Charlie has worked for 33 years on the development of cropping systems in sub-Saharan Africa, Central America and south Asia. He is currently on the staff of Natural Resources Institute (University of Greenwich), managing a research grant programme for southern Africa on behalf of the McKnight Foundation of Minneapolis, USA. He has been a Parish Councillor since 2003. He was once leader of Shipham Scouts. Charlie has two grown up sons who both attended Shipham First School and on through the Cheddar Valley school system.
Simon has lived in Rowberrow since 1995. He has spent most of his life living in the Mendips and is a keen walker with his two dogs. He is married with two children who are educated in Shipham and Fairlands. Simon has a keen interest in the locality and village life.