Councillor Deborah Sellis

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Party: Conservative

Ward: West Devon Tavistock South East

Other councillors representing this Ward:

Parish: Tavistock Town - West Devon

Contact information

Home address: 
46, St David's Road
PL19 9BT

Phone:  01822 612153


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Committee appointments

Appointments to outside bodies

Additional Information

Declaration of Interests Summary


Employment: Retired Nurse
Sponsorship: The Conservative Party
Securities: 46, St David's Road, Tavistock PL19 9BT
Contracts: None
Land/Licences: None
Corporate Tenancies: None
Membership of other bodies:

Devon County Council elected member;

Dementia Alliance;

Tavistock College Endowment Trust;

Tavistock & Whitchurch District Nursing Trust;

The Conservative Party
Other interests: None

Training and Development from May 2019


May and June 2019 - Induction Training: (NB - Re-elected Members are NOT required to attend the Induction programme)


The Locality Service

DM&L Committee Mock Meeting

Housing & Homeless Training

Community Housing

A Different Approach to Housing Delivery

Risk Register Training

Improved Recycling Service

IT Training

I am married to a locally born retired fireman John Sellis who is a Tavistock Town Councillor. John is a Devon lad born and bred. John has two sons from his first marriage (widowed) and four grandchildren. I have two children (30 and 28 years); one working in Local Government and one studying for a PhD at Edinburgh University.

I was born in the Isle of Man, enjoyed a comprehensive school education, played the piano and violin, played loads of sport, achieved ten O levels and was generally unremarkable.

I qualified as a State Registered Nurse in 1980 and spent most of my working career in critical care. I also worked in renal dialysis, burns, high velocity injuries, self-harm, neonatal care and paediatrics, and cardiac care. I have also worked in palliative care, residential and nursing homes and in the community.

I like walking, nature, music and art. I am a qualified though non-practising masseuse and aroma therapist. I love rugby and used to be the medic for a local rugby team. I have a very low boredom threshold and I like being a Councillor because it’s great when you can help residents. I also love to switch off and enjoy a good laugh with friends.

My parents were teachers and my grandparents came from farming, fishing, legal and marine engineering backgrounds.

I was brought up to be kind, honest and self-reliant. I detest unkindness, rudeness, waste and big-headedness. I take my role as a Councillor seriously, but have to laugh at myself too! I meditate to help my spirit and take care to look after myself. Being an effective Councillor takes time and energy.