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Declaration Of Interests
Responsibilities and Representations
Member Of: Planning Committee, Finance Committee, Neighbourhood Plan Working Party, Parks and Recreation Working Party, Village Centre and Environment Working Party.
Member of SODC District Council representing Binfield Heath, Eye And Dunsden, Harpsden, Shiplake and Sonning Common Parishes.
Sits on the Poor’s Land Trust and is a liaison link with Maiden Erlegh Chiltern Edge
I live in Woodlands Road and am a passionate advocate for our local community. I have a degree in Economics and Finance, am a qualified accountant and an experienced businessman – having held senior responsibilities including Finance Director and Managing Director. My business disciplines include marketing and commercial/ property law.
I have been a parish councillor in Sonning Common since 2012 – as part of a proactive team seeking to make major local improvements – and am Chair of Planning.
I support a number of voluntary activities locally including the Sonning Common Neighbourhood Plan, the delivery of much-needed sports and recreation facilities at the Memorial Hall Field, the SC village centre project, the Poor’s Land Trust and the ‘Village Gardeners’.
I have also been a lead participant in the successful campaign against Gladman’s plan to build 245 houses north of Emmer Green. If granted, that would have risked unleashing more widespread sprawl from Reading – which would engulf local villages in the future.
I undertook a significant role – providing planning and economics input to the Inspector and as an expert witness at the planning inquiry. With cross-party and cross-county co-operation we defeated Gladman – both at appeal and in the High Court.
Since 2012 I have built on my previous knowledge and developed a close understanding of planning issues in this area. Since 2019 I have been a district councillor at SODC and a cabinet member there – presently for Finance.