I have lived in Ilfracombe for 17 years and currently live in Hele Bay. My wife and I run a Business Psychology company.

I was an Independent director of One Ilfracombe from its inception and only came off when I became a councillor in 2015.

During my first term as councillor I chaired the Staffing Committee for two years overlapping as Deputy Mayor to Cllr. Crabb for two years.

I  finished my term as Mayor later than planned in April 2021 having been extended an extra 12 months due to the Covid pandemic.

I am committed to the economic development of Ilfracombe and strive to ensure that any decision the Council makes has a balanced focus on the improvement of the town in all aspects – health, economy, education, tourism and the environment.

Cllr Val Gates registerable Interests