Parish Councillors and Parish Clerk


PC Meeting
Fivehead Parish Council is made up of 7 Councillors elected by the electors of the parish. Each serves for a period of 4 years, unless re-elected for further periods of 4 years. Its Chairman is elected annually by the other council members.

The Register of Interests for all Councillors can be seen here



Kate Beacham



 6 Ganges Close

Tel. 01460 281414

Contact Kate here


I have lived in Fivehead for over 30 years. I retired from the Civil Service in 2008. I was born in County Durham and previously worked for Durham County Council and the NHS then joined the staff at the Dept of Employment, Taunton when I moved to Fivehead in 1981. I married my husband Leslie in 1974. My interests include travelling, reading, cooking and doing crossword puzzles as well as playing skittles for the local pub team. I have served on the Parish Council since 2007, becoming Chair in 2016.


§  Parish Council (Chair)

§  Staffing Panel

Laura Howard

Vice Chair

The Old Manse

Tel. 01460 282911

Contact Laura here

I was born and brought up in rural Yorkshire, so I am a country person at heart but spent my working life in London. I moved to Fivehead with my husband on my retirement in 2008. Previously I was an active member of a Crime Prevention Panel, helping the young, particularly during the holidays and also protecting the old and the vulnerable. I was also on the Committee of the “Friends of Battersea Park”, ensuring a safe environment for all, be it mums with prams, dog walkers, organised games such as cricket and football and concerts in the park. I hope to bring a level-headed, common sense approach to affairs of the village, which in our short time here I have grown to know and love.


§  Parish Council

§  Cemetery Sub-Committee

§  Internal Audit

Ken Male


Tanyard Farm

Tel. 01460 281233

Contact Ken here

Born at Tanyard Farm and worked here since leaving Brymore School at 18. I have been a Parish Councillor since 1982, being chairman for ten of these years before taking over the chair again in 2016. During my earlier period as Chairman, council was involved with Council House refurbishments, Langford Farm and Lambert Hut developments, and initial ideas and plans for a new Village Hall. I enjoy and appreciate our Parish and wish to see it continue to prosper.


§  Parish Council

§  Cemetery Sub-Committee

§  Staffing Panel

Nina Cameron

18 Ganges Close

Tel. 01460 281358

Contact Nina here


I have lived in Fivehead for over 30 years and been active on the Parish Council for the last 12. I am married, a mother of two grown-up children and now a grandmother. I have a background in maths and computing and worked for many years as an ICT Technician at Bishop Fox’s School Taunton. I have an interest in the welfare and education of young people and have been a school governor in Taunton and Curry Rivel. I am also interested in protecting the environment and organised two recent litter collections in Fivehead. I have represented the Parish Council at the Somerset Association of Local Councils.


§  Parish Council

§  Somerset Association of Local Councils Liaison

§  Staffing Panel

Philippa Brett

The Old Bakery

Tel. 01460 281115

Contact Philippa here


I moved to Fivehead in 2013 after a happy and fulfilling career in the police. I performed front line duties in Bristol and then in rural South Gloucestershire, so am fully aware of the needs and concerns of a rural community. I also worked in Operational Planning and Crime Prevention, so hope to utilise my skills on the Emergency Planning team. My husband Mick and I have a couple of rescue dogs, who we enjoy training and exercising in our beautiful countryside. I’m also interested in local history and am currently researching the military history of our village.


§  Parish Council

§  Playing Fields Management Committee


Bruce Ferguson

Poolhayes, Swell

Tel. 01460 250138

Contact Bruce here



On retirement, I moved with my wife Lorna to Swell from South Wales and we have been living here for just over four years.  As a Councillor, I am keen to use some of the experience and skills that I have gained from working in the NHS, as a clinician and in managerial and executive roles, to benefit what is now my local community.  I strongly believe that the health of an individual is interconnected to the health of the environment they live in, so I am pleased to have the opportunity to represent the Parish on Somerset’s Health and Wellbeing Advisory Network.


§  Parish Council

§  Village Hall Management Committee


Robert (Rob) Wynn


Tel. 01460 281288

Contact Rob here



Originally from Devon, I moved to Fivehead in 2008 with my wife and youngest daughter and have two grown up children living away from home following their own careers. I have worked in the water industry in operational and environmental management for over 34 years and currently work as a freelance consultant in that sector. I’m also employed as a director of a Human Resources and Training company. Since moving to Fivehead we’ve enjoyed the facilities, the countryside, taking part in events and meeting the people that form this parish community. I started serving on the Parish Council in 2017. My interests include natural history, fly fishing, cooking (especially outdoors!) and activities that get you outside in this fantastic part of the country.

§  Parish Council

§  Rights of Way

Jayne Parsons

Parish Clerk

Tel. 07432 275954

Address for correspondence only:  White Lias House, Turnhill Road, High Ham, TA10 9DF

Contact Jayne here

Originally from Cornwall, I have lived in Somerset with my husband and two daughters since 2006.  Alongside bringing up my family, I have enjoyed a career in internal communications for a large law firm for over 15 years. Now firmly settled into rural life, I enjoy walking my dog and keeping fit with Pilates. I have been involved in various community projects, including helping to set up and run High Ham Toddler group, and fundraising for the preschool. I am looking forward to using my skills and work experience to support Fivehead Parish Council and its community.


§  Parish Council (Clerk)

§  Environment Warden

§  Highways Liaison


For further information on the Parish Council:

Contact the Parish Clerk
Tel: 07432 275954