Dennis was born in Totnes in 1948 and grew up in Forder Green, Ashburton, and Kingskerswell. His primary education was in Broadhempston and Kingskerswell from where he moved on to Torquay Boys Grammar School. His education continued at South Devon College of Further Education, Exeter College of Further Education and Plymouth Polytechnic. Dennis also served a five year apprenticeship as a journeyman electrician.
Married with two grown up children and five grandchildren, Dennis has lived in Ipplepen for 46 years. He is now retired but was last employed as a Project Manager for a quarrying company based in Ashburton.
Dennis is parish councillor in Ipplepen which he represented on the Devon Playing Fields Association and the subsequent Community Facilities Advisory Group for the past eighteen years, and he has also chaired both organisations. Dennis is also a Teignbridge District Councillor, and has been a County Councillor and past member of the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Authority.
His interest in Sport and Recreation began in his early teens when he got involved with the Kingskerswell Playing Field Supporters Association and then joined both the Football and Cricket Clubs at Kingskerswell. On getting married and moving to Ipplepen he joined the football club and served 12 years as Club Secretary and for six of those years he represented the club on the Ipplepen Village Hall Committee. Dennis has been with Abbotskerswell Cricket Club since 1982 and served as its secretary for 11 years.
In 1979 Dennis was elected onto the South Devon League Management Committee and is a life vice-president as well as its chairman. He was elected onto the council of the Devon County Football Association in 1996 and became chairman of that organisation in 2002. After nine years, during which the Football Association’s development plan was instigated and carried through, Dennis stepped down to vice-chairman having accepted the chairmanship of Teignbridge District Council for 2011-2012.
During the summer months Dennis umpires on the Devon Cricket League panel of umpires and his travels around the county both in cricket and football take him to many communities where facilities are shared.
Dennis strongly believes that the way forward for health and wellbeing is through sport, recreation and play and that our Community Halls should be striving towards full time management bringing in equipment suitable for exercise for all generations. This, together with proper dietary advice, he considers would go a long way towards addressing the nation’s obesity problems.
He also believe that we should be doing more to help unite the generations by bringing the old and young together in community/youth groups such that the youth can benefit from the experience of the older population and, as is happening in Crediton, the older generation can learn from the young.