Who we are

The Steering Group

A Steering Group has been set up to co-ordinate and administer the activities of the Forum.

Made up of representatives of residents’ associations (click here for details) and individual residents in St James, the Group represents most parts of the ward. New residents’ associations are welcome to take part. We are encouraging representatives from the students living in the ward to become involved too.

Councillors for St James ward on Exeter City Council and St David’s/St James division on Devon County Council have standing invitations to attend meetings, as do planning and community liaison officers of Exeter City Council.

The Forum is an organisation of and for the residents of St James. A Constitution has been drafted and agreed, to ensure that members and associate members are fully involved in the work of the Forum and have powers to elect and remove officers of the Steering Group. To see the full Constitution – CLICK


The Forum has been set up by and for residents of St James ward in Exeter. If you live in the ward, you can be a member. Let us know you want to join by contacting us –  CLICK

If you work in the ward or represent a major organisation with interests in St James, such as the University, the Councils, retailers and other employers, landlords and developers, you are invited to be an associate member. Again, please contact us – CLICK

The position of members and associate members is set out in our interim Constitution CLICK

Join in one or other of the task groups preparing information for the draft Neighbourhood Plan, come to meetings, or just keep in touch through this website.

We welcome your involvement. The Neighbourhood Plan will reflect the interests and views of people living and working in St James.

The Steering Group

Chair  Vacant 

Treasurer  Annette Plaut  Annette is a longstanding resident in St James and is a member of the Physics Department at the University of Exeter.

Minute Secretary  Dave Treharne  Dave is a former university lecturer and Chair of Exeter City FC with interests in community cohesion and public ownership.  

Membership Secretary  Robyn Connett Robyn, a retired university lecturer, has lived in the same house in St James for 38 years.

Paul Layton  Paul has lived all of his adult life in Exeter and has been a resident of St James for almost 20 years.

Mike Reddaway  Mike has lived in St James for around 25 years and is involved with several community groups.

Ruth Stringer  Ruth has lived in St James for 20 years and has been involved in a number of community projects. She is an expert in international environmental issues.

Resident Association Representatives

Maggie Carter  Bury Meadow Residents’ Association

Claire Phillips  Devonshire Place Residents’ Association

Mark Clemoes  Oxford Road Residents’ Association

Karen Payne  Powderham Crescent Residents' Association

Janet Penrose  Prospect Park Residents' Association