Vice-Chairman Of Planning
Vice-Chairman Of Staffing Committee
I joined the Council in 1999 as one of four co-opted members. Since then I have served on all the committees, and was Portreeve and Town Mayor in 2006/7.
As well as serving on the Town Council, in 2007 I was elected as one of the three members on Caradon District Council. When that Council was abolished as part of the creation of Cornwall Unitary Council I was elected as the Councillor for Callington in 2009 and was re-elected into that position in the 2013 elections.
I have lived in and around Callington for most of my life, and went to Stoke Climsland Primary and Callington Comprehensive Schools.
Since leaving full time education, I have worked for 27 years for Weatherhead Shop Designers as a Sales executive.
In my spare time I am involved in Callington Town Football Club and also Shout Kernow – which aims to bring back Cornish folk singing to local pubs around Cornwall.
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t: 01579 383982
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Vice-Chairman Of Town Hall & Premises
Chairman Of Staffing Committee
Mark Smith, born in Gunnislake, and educated at Callington Comprehensive, has spent the majority of his life in and around the town.
He is a local fire fighter, and owner of a business in Callington. His previous occupations have included ten years in the road construction industry, working at a local quarry.
Mark is an avid reader, with an interest in medieval history, particularly the War of the Roses. He has travelled extensively, and spends his free time engaging in outdoor pursuits, such as walking. In 2009 he successfully completed the Three Peaks Challenge, climbing Ben Nevis, Scarfell Pike and Snowden all in 24 hours.
Having joined Callington Town Council in 2013, Mark‘s primary aims are to use practical knowledge, from his experience as a fire fighter, first aider, and businessman, to improve facilities within the town.
He also hopes to promote and strengthen relationships between local businesses and the residents of Callington, both to support the town’s economy, and to bolster its community spirit.
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Chairman Of Outside Services
I moved to Callington in 1982 with my husband Robin and two children, Steven and Claire. Shortly after that I started working at Callington Community College, where I held many roles including Integrated Services Co-ordinator. This helped me to understand the needs of the area’s young people as one of my interests is making sure that young people have access to suitable facilities.
My family has grown up in Callington and two of my four grandchildren were born in Callington and attend Callington Primary School. My family roots are Cornish, and although I was born in Australia, I class myself and family as Cornish.
I joined Callington Town Council in 2006, I felt it was time to give something back to the community that had given myself and my family so much. I was Portreeve for two years, a time I thoroughly enjoyed, especially meeting so many local people and forging some good friendships. I am on the Committee which organises the Christmas Festivities on behalf of the Town Council and help out at other local events.
I have been an active member of Callington Women’s Institute and am on the Callington Festival Committee working in partnership with the Rotary, Lions and Young Farmers, organising Callington Carnival, which has grown since its reformation in 2009. This is always a great time in Callington and shows how the community can work together to put on a great Carnival. I am also on the Steering Group of Callington & Saltash’s branch of Community Action Through Sport (CATS), which is a National organisation, which organises events and rewards youngsters for their volunteering.
I believe Callington has a lot to offer to all ages as there is a huge variety of groups and organisations in this area, no matter what your interests are. I will continue on the Town Council, for as long as possible, to help in the development of our community and help promote the growth of Callington as a major town in Cornwall.
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t: 01579 382752
Vice-Chairman of Outside Services
I was born in Callington but not brought up here, we moved away when I was five years old. I spent all my school holidays here and even came back for a while when I was eleven.
I became a Town Councillor in 2009 and have been also been Deputy Chair of Finance and General Purposes although I am still on lots of other sub-committees.
I can often be found volunteering in the Oxfam shop and I am a member of Mebyon Kernow.
I have two grown up children and I have one grandchild.
I would call myself a community Councillor, I love Cornwall and am very proud to call myself Cornish.
Chairman Of Planning
My name is SuzanTolman, I was born in 1948 and went to school in Gunnislake, South Hill and Callington.
I have lived and worked in Callington for 55 years.
I was co-opted to the Town Council in the Summer of 2013.
My working life I spent almost 30 years looking after people with dementia then at the age of 50 I became an IT Tutor with the Adult Education team in Callington. I taught mostly older people helping them find their way around the internet and emails. I also taught basic English and Maths, Wordprocessing, Spread-sheets and Database.
My three children grew up and went to school in Callington, two of them still live here.
I am a member of the Methodist Church.
I retired from teaching to enable me to look after my very sick husband, since his passing I am now able to give some time back to the community which is why I joined the local Council.
Many years ago my husband and I actually worked for the Town Council coordinating the bookings and caretaking the hall, so I have seen first-hand how the Council has evolved and developed over the years.
I have a great passion for local history so use my skills and knowledge to help people particularly with family history projects.
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t: 01579 383687
I am in my mid-fifties and married to my wonderful wife, Karina. I have two grown up daughters and two grandchildren.
My wife and I have lived in Callington since 2011 and are proud to call it our home.
I am an experienced Councillor, having served for many years in the area where I grew up. I am now privileged to be able to serve my new home town.
I am a member of the Labour Party of over thirty years.
Although I have a serious illness I am determined to do my best for Callington. This town has tremendous potential for growth in many fields; I want to help make Callington an even better place to live and work than it already is.
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t: 01579 641238
Chairman of Finance and General Purposes
After re-locating to Callington seven years ago I joined the Council as a co-opted member in July 2014.
I left school aged 15 to join the Merchant Navy, then at 21 became a Royal Marine Commando, serving 22 years, leaving as a Colour Sergeant in 1985.
After leaving the Royal Marines I worked in London, finally ending up at Dartmoor Prison (though not as an inmate!)
We retired to Spain in 2003, where I was elected President of our local community, but decided after 9 years it was time to return to the UK.
I am a member of the Callington Royal British Legion, the local Masonic Lodge and Callington U3A, where I enjoy attending the baking group. I have also re-introduced the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme in Broadmead.
Callington has so much to offer and I hope to contribute in working with the Town Council to the benefit off all the residents and visitors, young and old, with a positive forward-looking approach.
tel: 01579 384552
I am a retired professional chartered mechanical engineer.
Most of my professional life was spent working for Rolls Royce in the Midlands having moved there from London and the home counties.
I moved to the South West to work in the Dockyard.
When my wife retired we moved to Callington about 10 years ago.
I belong to a number of local organisations have taken up specific roles within them. This includes Callington U3A, Rotary Club of Callington and Callington Community Arts (Formerly CAVe). I also attend Town Forum meetings.
Callington faces a number of challenges going forward from increased pressures due to increased housing to diminution of the high street. I hope to contribute to Council by seeking appropriate initiatives which will maintain and enhance our town and its environs.
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t: 01579 186319
My name is Mikkie Raphael. I have lived in Callington for 18 years and in that time I have been involved in community groups and projects and I jointly started Callington Volunteer Litter Pick with our Cornwall Councillor, Andrew Long.
All of this has allowed me to recognise how important it is to have people behind the scenes working hard for our community. I am looking forward to the new challenge of joining the Council and working as part of a team to ensure that our town is the best it can be, I also aim to listen to both residents and small businesses about how Callington can improve for them.
Fundamentally, I believe our Council already provides an essential service and I am very excited to be a part of that.
Cornwall Council has recently declared a Climate Emergency for our county and since then local councils have been following suit, the same is for Callington Town Council who unanimously agreed to declare a Climate Emergency for the Parish. l proposed that an Environment sub-committee be established with the aim of taking action to tackle issues that are facing our environment. It was also decided that the sub-committee be open for members of the public to be able to join and help in the decision making process. Any level of expertise is welcome we only ask that you have the drive to make a change.
For further information or to express interest please email me.