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Cllr Debo Sellis

Ward Councillor for Tavistock South East

Cllr Debo Sellis


NameCllr Debo Sellis
Address46 St David's Road
PL19 9BT
Tel01822 612153
Political PartyConservative
WardTavistock South East
ParishesTavistock South East
CommitteesOverview and Scrutiny
Outside Bodies

Dartmoor National Park
Joint Advisory Committee on

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 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, 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 like being a Councillor because it is 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.

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; Demential Alliance; Tavistock College Endowment Trust; Tavistock & Whitchurch District Nursing Trust; Conservative Party
Other interests: None

Training & Development from May 2019

May & 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

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