Ward Councillor for Tavistock South East

Cllr Debo Sellis

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, renal dialysis, burns, high velocity injuries, self-harm, neonatal and paediatrics, plus I nursed in 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.


Name:Councillor Debo Sellis
Address:46 St David's Road
PL19 9BT
United Kingdom
Tel:01822 612153
Political Party: Conservative
Ward:Tavistock South East
Parishes:Tavistock South East
Committees:Hub Committee (Homes)
Outside Bodies:Dartmoor National Park - Joint Advisory Committee on Housing
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