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Working Together to Create a Better Somerset

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Behind Passion for Somerset:

Meet Our Team and Patrons

At the heart of Passion for Somerset is a dedicated team of individuals and patrons who share a love for our county.

Our board members bring a wealth of experience, passion and commitment to championing Somerset's heritage, while our patrons are influential figures who lend their support and advocacy to our cause. Together we strive to promote and preserve the unique charm of Somerset, creating initiatives that uplift our local community and showcase the best of our county. Get to know more about the driving forces behind Passion for Somerset.

Meet Our Team and Patrons

Immerse yourself in the tales of ancient landmarks, relish the vibrancy of our community events and be captivated by our stunning landscapes. From our charming villages to our bustling markets, Somerset offers an enchanting journey like no other. Are you ready to uncover the captivating charm of Somerset? Explore further and dive into the heart of our beloved county.

Mr Mohammed Saddiq
Mr Mohammed Saddiq
His Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset
Sir Michael Eavis CBE
Sir Michael Eavis CBE
Founder of Glastonbury Festival
His Grace the Duke of Somerset DL
His Grace the Duke of Somerset DL
Mrs Anne Maw CVO
Mrs Anne Maw CVO
Edward Bayntun-Coward DL
Edward Bayntun-Coward DL
The Rt Revd Ruth Worsley
The Rt Revd Ruth Worsley
Bishop of Taunton
Clinton Rogers DL
Clinton Rogers DL
The Rt Revd Michael Beasley
The Rt Revd Michael Beasley
Bishop of Bath and Wells
Beverley Milner-Simonds
Beverley Milner-Simonds
Director & Founder - Eat Festivals
Nick Bull
Nick Bull
BBC
Cllr Christine Lawrence
Cllr Christine Lawrence
Councillor - Somerset Council
Nigel Muers-Raby
Nigel Muers-Raby
CEO & Founder - Passion for Somerset
Cllr Mike Best (ex-officio)
Cllr Mike Best (ex-officio)
Chairman - Somerset Council
Serin Rayner
Serin Rayner
Founder - Ohana
Kit O’Brien
Kit O’Brien
Partner Shakespeare Martineau
Denys Rayner
Denys Rayner
Chairman - Passion for Somerset
Back street in Bath
Principal Partners
Hinkley Point C
Thatchers
Somerset Larder
Ohana
Berensens Solicitors
Official Partners
Walpole Dunn
Western Fuel
Somerset Country Lane

Our Values

At Passion for Somerset, our values aren't just statements on a page — they are the principles that guide us in every decision we make and action we take.

We've built our foundation on three key pillars: community empowerment, heritage appreciation and inclusivity and engagement. These values are the essence of who we are as an organisation and reflect our commitment to inspiring a shared passion for our beloved county.

They guide our mission to celebrate Somerset's diverse offerings, honour its rich history and culture and foster an inclusive environment for everyone in our community. Together, these principles shape our unique identity and define our path forward.

Community Empowerment

We at Passion for Somerset are deeply committed to inspiring and empowering our communities, businesses, and individuals across Somerset.

Our goal is to cultivate a sense of pride in our county and celebrate its diverse offerings. We dedicate ourselves to building a network of ambassadors for Somerset who share our passion.

Heritage Appreciation

We hold the economy, history, heritage, beauty and culture of Somerset in high esteem.

Our mission is to educate, inform and celebrate these aspects through our initiatives. We also take pride in recognising the remarkable people and places that make Somerset unique and special.

Inclusivity and Engagement

We firmly believe in creating an environment that represents "One county for all and equal opportunities for all".

Our aim is to foster an inclusive space where all individuals, organisations, and businesses can engage, contribute, and benefit. We strive to offer opportunities for everyone to connect and share their love for Somerset.

I’m very proud to live in Somerset and wholeheartedly recommend the quality of life it has to offer. Somerset Day is a fitting tribute to celebrate this big and beautiful county.

Kevin McCloud MBE

TV Presenter

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