Hello, we are the Exmouth Community Association

We are an association of local residents (non-party political) that seeks to influence Exmouth's future developments in a co-operative and common-sense way. On important issues we lobby the local authorities with persuasion and argument, rather than confrontation. When there are problems we try to offer constructive solutions first before expressing any objections. We have produced illustrated reports that include the views of our members on topics of interest. We have circulated these reports to local councillors and officers, with whom we have a good working relationship with. Members can be confident their opinions will be seen and considered by decision makers.


The aim of our blog is to inform readers about local issues and to provide a forum for members to express their views.  We also hold an Annual General Meeting for members each May and special meetings for urgent or important issues. As with our blog, these meetings are not only to inform members but also to gather their opinions.

We do not work alone. We also work closely with Transition Exmouth and Exmouth Churches Together. We are active participants in the Town Council's 'Community Organisations Liaison Panel' (COLP), which is an informal grouping of Exmouth's community organisations; the Exmouth Transport Partnership (ETP); the Avocet Line Community Rail Forum; and Travelwatch South West (TWSW). Our associated group members are: the Exmouth Civic Society (ECS) and The Avenues Residents Association (TARA).


We are not a single issue pressure group. Issues on which we have been active with local authorities include: the Neighbourhood Plan, the Dinan Way extension, the EDDC Local Plan, the Integrated Transport Interchange for Exmouth, the Mamhead Slipway, the Premier Inn and completion of the Strand. In the immediate future we will be keeping a watchful eye as the Queens Drive development and the Tidal Defence proposals progress.

Geoff Skinner


Maritime, Planning

Geoff joined the ECA in 2013 so that he could influence planning applications by inputting his views through a respected and influential organisation. He was honoured to be elected as Chairman in 2018. A native of Exmouth, Geoff left the town to pursue a career in Naval Architecture. He was involved in projects including submarines, aircraft carriers and HMS Victory, having been seconded to the Royal Navy. At the time of his retirement in 2007 he was Chief Naval Architect at Portsmouth Naval Base. Shortly after retirement Geoff returned with his family to his beloved Exmouth. Having grown up in the Camperdown area he naturally has a special interest in affairs maritime.

Ian Cann

Buildings & Housing, History

Ian is Exmouth born, the Chairman of the Exmouth Civic Society and a member of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group. He is a well known Exmouth Historian.

Hannah Searle

Vice Chairman, Website & Social Media Manager Grant Applications, History & Archaeology

Hannah is the newest member of the Management Committee who has spent her time so far with us developing our online presence. Originally from Bristol, Hannah grew up on a smallholding in the countryside of North Devon. She studied Archaeology at Cardiff University and since then has worked in a variety of roles including administrative roles for the NHS and local councils, and as a Grants Officer for the Heritage Lottery Fund. She now works in publishing. She enjoys walking and gardening, and is a member of a local Book Club. Hannah lives in Exmouth with her husband and son.

​For all website and social media enquiries contact Hannah at: info@ecauk.com

Roy Pryke

Neighbourhood Plan

Roy came to Devon in 1971 from Manchester where he had been a teacher.
He worked for Devon County Council until 1987 when he moved on from his position
as Deputy Chief Education Officer to become Director of Education Services for
Kent. On retiring from Kent in 1998 he returned to Exmouth with his family and, while working part-time for the British Council and Exeter University, he became involved with the ECA as a founder member and Chairman for 11 years. Since 2016 he has chaired the Steering Group which is producing Exmouth’s Neighbourhood Plan.

Keith Bungay

Natural Heritage, Planning

Keith is our planning expert, who also serves on the Exmouth Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group. He is a town and country planner by profession, working in the declining coalfields of the north-east and then to the softer countryside of Somerset, Wiltshire and Devon. Keith has worked for a regional environmental Trust, the Dartmoor National Park Authority and finally as the Chief Officer for the Exmoor National Park Authority until his retirement. This work for the Parks involved planning, landscape and wildlife conservation and recreation management. After living on Exmoor, Keith and his family moved to Woodbury and have now settled in Exmouth.

Roma Patten

Secretary, Transport

Roma’s public transport interests began at the formation of ECA when she led the working party dealing with transport. This interest has expanded as she became closely associated with other local transport groups. She is a core member of the Exeter and District Bus Users Group and is the Devon Federation of WIs Public Transport Representative. Born and raised in Kent, Roma joined the RAF working in the UK and Far East. After marrying Vernon, she then worked as a Civil Servant with the Department of Health and Social Security and for the Job Centre Plus team in Exmouth until her retirement.

For all general ECA enquiries contact Roma at: ecasec@btinternet.com

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