Our new mayor has lived in Ilfracombe for 14 years via Lancashire, Birmingham and London where she worked for various international banks and insurance companies. She now works locally, alongside her wife Amanda, as a co-director of a psychology consultancy company.
Val has a very sporting background having competed at Olympic level in the shot and javelin. She has played international hockey, golf and county cricket. Val also found herself at the Seoul Olympics with the Great Britain 3 day Eventing Team where she represented her company as owner and sponsor of the horse that won both team Silver and Individual Bronze medals.
Following a local advertisement in 2013, Val applied for and was selected as one of the first of six independent directors on the board of One Ilfracombe. During her 3 years on the board she was a champion for and a driving force behind the creation of the Town Team and numerous other local initiatives.
In 2015 a group of town councillors decided to put aside national politics and solely focus on putting Ilfracombe to the fore, which prompted Val to stand for Town Council to which she was duly elected that same year.