Linda Vijeh

County Councillor (Ilminster); District Councillor (Neroche)

Linda Vijeh has lived and worked in the area for over 20 years and is highly regarded as a local businesswoman and journalist, and as someone not afraid to challenge authority. Since being elected as a County Councillor, Linda has received support for her work with vulnerable children and has been appointed Children’s Champion for Somerset.

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Dan Conaghan

Chairman (Elect)

Dan Conaghan was born and educated in Scotland and North Yorkshire. He graduated from Oxford University and joined the staff of the Daily Telegraph, before embarking on a business career. He is the founder of a corporate finance advisory firm specialising in healthcare. He is interested in public and fiscal policy and is the author of a contemporary history of the Bank of England. He lives in Merriott, near Crewkerne, with his family.

Nick White

Deputy Chairman, Membership & Finance
Branch Chairman - Chard & District

Nick White moved to Chard in the early 1970’s, returning there in retirement in 2018 after thirty-seven and a half years with a London and international law firm. Nick is Deputy Chairman (Membership & Finance) of the Association and Chairman of the Chard & District Branch He can be contacted on or by phone via the YCCA office.

Kate Wylie Carrick

Deputy Chairman, Political (Elect)

Kate Wylie Carrick is a recently retired teacher who has taught as far afield as New Zealand and Nepal; her last ten years were spent teaching in Somerset. Kate stood in the 2019 SSDC elections in South Petherton ward and since then has been working towards a stronger Conservative presence throughout the constituency. As Deputy Chairman Political Kate leads on the recruitment and coordination of our candidates in local elections.

Sue Osborne

District Councillor (Windwhistle)

Sue is a District Councillor on South Somerset District Council representing the Windwhistle Ward.

Nigel Wylie Carrick

Hon. Secretary (Elect)
Branch Chairman - South Petherton & District

Nigel Wylie Carrick is a retired Regular Army Officer who served with Gurkhas in the Far East, Middle East and in Nepal. He lives in Shepton Beauchamp where he is Chairman of the Parish Council and Chairman of the newly formed South Petherton District Branch.

Martin Wale

District Councillor (Blackdown & Tatworth)

Martin has lived in the Chard for over fourteen years. He has recently fully retired having been an investigator/paralegal since retiring from the Metropolitan Police Service.

Rod Jones

Distribution Network Officer
Branch Chairman - Cokers

Rod Jones has lived within the Parish of East Coker for the past eight years, having relocated to the area where his wife grew up, and where they have chosen to raise their family. Rod has a training and consultancy business operating across the UK and is a director of two other training companies. Previously, he served with the Royal Air Force for 26 years throughout the world.