The Trustees of Newtown Community Association (Exeter, Devon) are:


Steve Palmer

I have been the Secretary of NCA since 2016. I am a meteorologist, semi-retired but still working with National Meteorological and Hydrological Services in developing countries, mainly on observations and climate data. My family moved to Newtown in 2002, and rapidly settled in. We are often in Belmont Park with our dog. I helped to change the structure of NCA to a CIO so it is in a proper state to own and operate the new Community Centre. It is great to see the community development in Newtown, and it has been a privilege to work with enthusiastic volunteers as we have built the new Community Centre and seen the variety and numbers of users increase. I am keen on seeing new groups based in Newtown catch a vision and build new activities. 

James Leigh

James is currently acting Treasurer

Jackie Holdstock

I moved to Exeter in 1985 from Essex with 2 children, to work at the RD&E Pathology department, from which I retired in 2005. I now have 4 grandchildren. I have lived in Newtown Exeter since 1998. My interests are in the family and local history, whilst endeavouring to keep healthy. I have been part of the Newtown Community Association committee for 20 years during which I was bookings secretary for over 8 years. As a trustee and committee member for over ten years and having been with three different Chairman over that time it has been a most enjoyable community organisation to be involved with especially as we have moved forward with the new community centre.

Rory McNeile

My name is Rory McNeile and I have been a trustee and member of the management committee since 2013 including 5 years as chair.  I lived in Newtown for 18 years and my family grew up in the ward, although we moved to Hoopern Avenue in the Duryard/St James ward in 2016 in order to build a more energy efficient house. Until recently I was a geography teacher at Uffculme school, near Cullompton, and now work part time as an associate tutor on the Initial Teacher Education programme at Exeter University.  I am a firm believer in the value of a connected and active community in Newtown and keen supporter of Newtown Community Association.  In particular I have enjoyed leading the project to build the new community building in Belmont Park to provide a more modern and energy efficient venue for the wide range of user groups and individuals that need a space for their activities.  Working with a similarly enthusiastic and committed group of volunteers is a privilege.