Coham Bridge: Philip Hackett

Philip has lived in Sheepwash for 10 years and is Vice Chairman of the Parish Council. His main career has been in the horse racing industry, firstly as an administrator at the Jockey Club in London and then as an amateur rider. Locally born, Philip returned to Devon and owned a livery yard before living in Holemoor for several years. He co-founded a group to promote equestrian interests which lobbied for the creation of the Pegasus Way, a bridleway linking Dartmoor to Cookworthy.

As a member of the Ruby Country Steering Group, he promoted rural regeneration after Foot and Mouth centred on diversification and tourism. Philip sits on the Holsworthy Market and Costal Towns Initiative [MCTi], which is a group promoting local issues and concerns at grass roots level. Together with his partner Debbie, they care for his mother, Grace. His daughter Pippa is a classroom assistant at Holsworthy College, where she was previously educated. Philip is committed to being a councillor who will work passionately in support of local communities and make their voice heard at Torridge.