About The Exe Files

About the Blog

This blog is about accountability and openness by organisations that can shape our lives. It grew out of A Green in Exeter, started in February 2016, which sets out my vision of how Exeter as a sustainable and green city and how we can get there.  But I realised that the blog was increasingly focussing on what’s going wrong and less on how to achieve positive change.  So there’s now a course correction on that blog, and this new one seeks to highlight issues in the conduct of public life in the Exeter area and suggest how they might be remedied.


About the blogger

This blog is written by me, Peter Cleasby. A resident of central Exeter since 2013, I’ve been a senior civil servant, a policy and management consultant, a trustee of a few local and national charities, an independent member of a police authority standards committee, and a community volunteer in various guises. Today I’m the contributing editor at Exeter Observer, a volunteer watchkeeper at the National Coastwatch Institution’s Exmouth station, research officer for the Exeter Green Party, the lay member on one of the University of Exeter’s Research Ethics Committees;  and I dabble in and try to study a few other things.

I also blog on a wider range of topics at www.petercleasby.com and on a sustainable future for Exeter at www.agreeninexeter.com  though all blogging activity is currently taking second place to my work at Exeter Observer.