Ann Adams

Occupation: Service Manager

I have lived in Somerset, specifically Taunton, for 21 years. Having studied Law and Accountancy my intention was to pursue a career in the legal profession, however I was poached from university to work in the Trustee department of what was then the Midland Bank, a position that fulfilled my interest in both the Law and Accountancy. Following this initial start I then had various occupations as a civil servant (Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council) and in Insurance (Swinton and Western Provident Association) before joining Somerset Governor Services (as it was known then) in 2005 starting as a senior administrative assistant to becoming the service manager for SSE-Governance Services (as it is known now) supporting governance boards in Somerset and in North Somerset. I practice what I preach as I have been a governor for a Primary school and am currently a Trustee for a Multi-academy Trust in South Somerset with two secondary academies in the MAT. My personal interests are reading, walking, travelling, music and eating out.


Hollie King

Occupation: Chair of Trust Board

Hollie has been involved in education in Somerset for 20 years. Working initially in a small rural primary school on the Blackdowns, she moved to County Hall to join the Local Authority’s Educational Development Service and then to Somerset Governance Services, providing advice and support on governance to maintained schools and academies across the county.

She became a governor at Blackbrook Community Primary School in 2010 and served as Vice Chair and Chair over a period of eight years. During that time she has been commissioned by the Local Authority to work as an additional governor at a number of other schools in Taunton, providing advice and support on governance. Hollie also writes and delivers training courses on a range of topics on behalf of Somerset Governance Services.

Norman Cavill

Occupation: TDBC Councillor

Born 1947 in West Monkton, and attended West Monkton Primary – ultimately on to Leeds University. Married to Tricia, with three grown up children. Worked in industry for 5 years, one year in Yorkshire and then four in Somerset, before returning to the family farm at West Monkton.  Ran the farming business and other enterprises. The farm is now run by my son with his family.

Entered local politics in 1982 and have been a Taunton Deane Borough Councillor and West Monkton Parish Councillor since that date. I also served as Mayor in 1991-92. In May 2019 elected as a Councillor to the new Somerset West and Taunton Council (SWTC). I have chaired many committees during my time at Taunton Deane, latterly Chairman of Governance and Standards, and then Audit.   I am presently working with West Monkton and Cheddon Fitzpaine Parish Councils on establishment of a County Park, including Somerset Wood, to the West of Monkton Heathfield. I took an active part in the design of the BACH (Brittons Ash Community Hall). I am also Chairman of Finance and Properties for Taunton Heritage Trust, (66 accommodation units and commercial property).


Tony Blackshaw



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