A Councillors' role
Councillors are elected to represent an individual geographical unit on the council, known as a ward or – mainly in smaller parishes – the entire parish or town council area. They are generally elected by the public every four years.
Visiting your council is the best way to find out what happens there. Give the council a call and find out when its next public meeting happens. By law, ordinary people are allowed to be present at most council business.
Register Of Interests
All members, co-opted members of district, and parish councils must complete a register of interests form to register their financial and other interests.
These can be found on the Cornwall Council website.
Mrs Nicky Roberts
Biography - Nicky Roberts
I have been a Millbrook resident for twenty years; my children grew up here and went to Torpoint School. Of those years, most have been spent as a parish councillor, although with a couple of breaks for personal reasons; this time round, I have ended up in the hot seat and am currently Chair.
I also co-founded and run Millbrook Folk Club - when it is able to meet, which sadly it hasn't been for most of this year (2020). In between these roles, I also work as a freelance office
administrator, and my strengths are very much admin and finance based.
I am very interested in the environment, both in how to preserve the historical built environment and landscape, and how to best tackle the ever-worsening problem of climate change and loss of biodiversity, although I am definitely more historian than scientist!
I'm also very keen to foster equality between all human beings, wherever they are from, whatever their gender or orientation, whatever their disability or age.
Biography - Sharon Lewis
I grew up in Millbrook and apart from a couple of short spells away I have lived in the village all my life. I joined the Parish Council in 2003 and became the Vice chair in 2005 and still hold the post. I am also chair of the Planning committee, the Staffing committee and the Traffic and Transport working group.
I work fulltime in the Civil Service, at present mainly from home, but providing managerial support in the Office 1-2 days a week. My strengths are in management, risk assessment, planning and Land Law. I am very involved with the Village Enhancement Team who look after the flower boats, planters and the Tanyard as well as other areas of the village.
I am a director for the Peninsula Trust which supports the local community in many ways. I am also involved with The Friends of Millbrook Chapel of Rest. I am keen to protect the environment so we can all enjoy this beautiful area for many years to come. My interests are gardening, walking and reading to name but a few.
Millbrook Parish Councillor since November 2018
Parish Councillor since June 2007
Biography - Petra Polak
My family moved to Millbrook in 2011. Straight away, we received a very warm welcome from the local vibrant and active community and felt right at home.
My professional background is in Higher Education, but since the arrival of our first child, I have refocused and re trained to work in Early Years. I joined and chaired local pre-school committee, set up and ran several infant and toddler groups/ clubs.
I am actively involved with local families, believe in the strength of intergeneration learning and building resilient communities. My passion is equality, inclusion and caring for our environment.
Biography - Bruce Taggart
I moved to Millbrook in 2003 following 30 years working in a Further Education college in north London, where I was Head of Arboriculture, Countryside and the Environment. I worked for the RSPB and ran my own environmental consultancy until retirement in 2011.
My main reason for joining the Parish Council was to be able to share my environmental experience and to provide advice on environmental issues. I was instrumental in securing grant aid to rebuild the island in Millbrook Lake and together with volunteers have planted many trees, wild flowers and added to the orchard in Millbrook Park.
I was also responsible for instigating the interpretation boards around the Lake. I was a founding member of the Parish Council Village Enhancement Team.
I am a committee member of Rame Wildlife Group and chair of the Friends of Millbrook Chapel of Rest. The latter group has recently (Sept 2020) purchased the chapel with a long term aim of converting it to a Heritage and Environmental centre.
I have had a life long interest in birds and am Vice chair of Cornwall Birdwatching and Preservation Society. More recently I have become interested in gundog training, with our two working Cocker Spaniels.
Biography - Bob Vincent
About twenty three years ago I moved my boat to Millbrook, a year later I moved to Millbrook.
I have been involved with marine design of one form or another for a few decades, this has included MOD surface ships and submarines, superyachts, multihulls and best of all, and I was part of the team that designed the RNLI Tamar rescue boat. Because I had worked for Walker Wing Sail, I was headhunted by Ocean Foil. At Ocean Foil I was the wing sail design engineer. Designing wing sails and dealing with the requirements of fitting wing sails to ships.
This was all about wind assist propulsion for ships, which has become a recognised zero emissions drive system for ships. Ship’s emissions are a contributor to climate change and now are subject to GHG reductions specified by the IMO.
My current work includes the design of a new type of wing sail that has considerably more drive than other wing sails. That project is now being developed it and reflects my concern for climate change.
Other interests include sailing and for a few years I was a sport glider pilot.
Parish Councillor since May 2013
Biography - Sarah Woffenden
I joined the council in 2016, at the time the village traffic made me nervous about letting my children walk to school without me. I am passionate about people being able to lead a good quality of life, and Millbrook provides this in lots of ways which is why I love living here. My aim is to improve the safety and friendliness for everyone using our facilities, particularly the elderly, younger people and those with disabilities. It is our responsibility to look after each other and to protect the environment for future generations. I want to be part of making
Millbrook a healthier place, with attractive green/calm spaces for us all to enjoy.
Biography - Don Wood
Following a successful 20 year career building and running a communication equipment company in the home counties I moved to the Rame Peninsula in 1994 buying the Friary Manor hotel & restaurant which I ran for 5 years.
I moved into Millbrook in 2001 and was made very welcome by my new neighbours, wishing to make a contribution to our community I joined Millbrook Parish Council in May 2003 and have served continuously ever since.
I was elected as chairman of the Parish Council in January 2014, standing down from the position at the AGM in May 2019. I also served as a Samaritan volunteer for 5+ years in the early 2000’s. I have served as a volunteer at the Mount Edgcumbe country park for the last 8 years or so.
Having stood down as Parish Council chairman and retired from my business interests I have been recruited to the Cornwall Council Standards board, the body that promotes, monitors and adjudicates on standards in public life covering all County, Town and Parish councillors in Cornwall.
The lovely Rame Peninsula is a great training ground for my long distance walking, the South West Coast Path, the Dales Way and 3 hikes, by different Camino routes, to Santiago de Compostela in Northern Spain.