“I have worked with Melanie for many years on some very contentious and difficult proposals. As a member owned community retailer, The Co-op is particularly focused on community engagement. Melanie has always been excellent at building relationships and forming bonds with both supporters and objectors in the communities and political spheres. This has enabled us to have meaningful discussions so that concerns can be identified and addressed where possible.

One of Melanie’s best skills is to focus on areas of agreement rather than dispute and bring parties together for mutual benefit.”

Rob Bignold
Head of Special Assets, Co-op


“Melanie always find new ways to reach out to communities who wouldn’t normally get involved and encourage them to have a voice.”

John Schuttkacker
Director,  Westcountry Land


“Melanie is reliable, intelligent and sociable with a can do attitude. Easy to relate to.”

Cllr Caroline Tucker
Taunton Deane Borough Council