Simon Jacobs

Simon Jacobs

About Simon

I currently own and manage the Winkworth Estate Agents in The Market Place in Devizes and the High Street, Marlborough, having spent the past 15 years working in the property sector in Wiltshire and the South West...

Previously I have been an executive director and shareholder with a small chain of country retail stores and an equestrian wholesale business, marketing and selling international brands, to the retail market both in the UK and overseas.

I had a military career with The Household Cavalry and more locally I commanded B Squadron of The Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry in Salisbury. Following my regular military service, I spent three years at The Royal Agricultural College reading agriculture and business.

I was elected to represent Devizes South and Roundway in 2013 and have participated fully in the work of the Council by chairing the Devizes Area Board, where we have a number of very exciting initiatives working with schools, businesses and the Third Sector.

After five years chairing the Flood Working Group, I have now moved on to become a Portfolio Holder responsible for Adult Social Care and LD (Transformation). There's lots to get my teeth into and I am particularly interested in how we can improve the pay and conditions of care workers. Currently recruiting, retention, training and career management and progression are all pretty poor, particularly in the public sector. There has to be a sea change in the public’s attitude and perception of care workers: there are simply not enough of them and the tsunami of ‘baby boomers’ reaching 70 coupled with Brexit are setting us up for the ‘perfect storm’.

I am married to Lisa, we live in central Devizes, and we have three children: Amelia (18), Ben (16) and Hannah (14). I am a keen golfer, cyclist and military historian.

Community and council work

Devizes Area Board Video

Devizes community area board video by Wiltshire Council