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Councillors

Whilst contact information for members of the Council is provided under the Freedom of Information Act you are advised to contact the Clerk for a quicker response as most of the Councillors are in full time employment.

 

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Jonny Bidgood

Member

0118 972 3616

Declaration Of Interests

Email

 

Responsibilities and Representations:

Village Centre and Environment Committee and represents the council for Sonning Common Magazine.

 

Biography

We moved to Sonning Common in 2014 - to make our home in Kennylands Road. I have previously been involved with Residents Groups locally, in Windsor, Taplow and Maidenhead.

I was impressed and inspired by Ben Hamilton-Ballie's 2017 'Placemaking Strategy' report which is a great analysis of the village and full of useful ideas to make it better.

Reading it convinced me to finally join the Parish Council. I will use my experience in Architecture and the built environment to help promote and achieve those ideas.

I joined the Village Centre Working Party a couple of years back and have been actively involved. I have already started working on a scheme for the 'Chiltern Edge Place' and a 'Cycleway' to Emmer Green and plan to continue this work within the Parish Council.

 

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Vicky Boorman

Vice Chairman

07957 464780

Declaration Of Interests

Email

 

Responsibilities and Representations:

Parks and Recreation Committee, Village Centre and Environment Committee, Sonning Common Plastic Free Community

 

Biography

Vicky Boorman joined the parish council 18 months ago after finding herself becoming increasingly interested in a number of local improvements.

Said Vicky: “I’m trying to offer my contribution wherever I can to help make Sonning Common a better place to live in for all of its residents. I feel fortunate to have such a wide range of amenities in our village and to be surrounded by such beautiful countryside.

“I’ve lived and worked in and around South Oxfordshire for nearly 20 years and moved to Sonning Common seven years ago with my partner. In my professional life I work for a local authority and have a love for drainage that my friends find bizarre, branding me the ‘water geek’!

I like to wild swim and paddle board in our local stretches of the River Thames

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Michael Cann

Chairman

0118 972 3616

Declaration Of Interests

Email

 

Responsibilities and Representations

Finance Committee

 

 

Biography

Michael Cann joined the council in August 2020. He lives in Grove Road with his wife Caroline and has two sons. Michael’s wife, Caroline, runs the Barn Café at the Herb Farm.

Michael was a professional cricketer, playing for Glamorgan between 1984 and 1991, before joining the pharmaceutical industry. A biochemistry graduate, he gained an MBA from Warwick Business School before progressing to the boards of Actavis UK and Accord Healthcare where he was Vice President for Europe.
More recently he joined the management board of the Day Lewis Plc pharmacy chain and is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.

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Jane Diwell

Member

0118 972 3616

Declaration Of Interests

Email

 

Responsibilities and Representations

Planning Committee, Village Centre and Environment Committee
Also represents the council on: Sonning Trusts and Poor’s Land Trust

 

Biography

I come from SE London originally but moved to the area in 1975 when my then husband Alan Diwell's job with Johnson Matthey moved to the Research Centre at Blounts Court. We bought our house in Sonning Common in 1982 and are now divorced.

I realised I knew hardly anybody in the village nor did I know what was going on there, much less have any influence over it, always having worked in London, Oxford or Reading. I was determined to change all that, so I joined the Parish Council.

I am keen to contribute in any way I can and am concerned to preserve the character and improve the amenities of the village.

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Tom Fort

Member

0118 972 2641

Declaration Of Interests

Email

 

Responsibilities and Representations

Planning Committee, Neighbourhood Plan Working Party (Chairman)

 

Biography

I have lived in Sonning Common for more than 25 years and have been a parish councillor for more than ten years.  I am chairman of the working party charged with revising the Sonning Common Neighbourhood Plan. I worked as a journalist for BBC Radio News for many years and have written ten books.  I am a keen angler and cyclist and used to be a keen cricketer and rugby player.

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Brian Giles

Member

0118 972 2225

Declaration Of Interests

Email

 

Responsibilities and Representations

Planning Committee, Village Centre and Environment Committee.

 

Biography

I have lived in the village since September 2017 and have been a member of the Parish Council for the last two years. Previously served on three Parish Councils in different locations within Berkshire and Hampshire respectively.

As a retired Architect and Project Manager, I have a particular interest to ensure that any development is in keeping with the existing ambience of the Village. My other interests are, Gardening, photography, learning new I/T shills and lately Cooking.

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Stuart Howe

Member

07788 994819

Declaration Of Interests

Email

 

Responsibilities and Representations

Village Centre and Environment Committee, Finance Committee, Parks and Recreation Committee.


Biography

Though I’m a relative newcomer to the village, having lived here with my family since 2013, we’ve lived in the surrounds of Sonning Common for the past 20+ years. I’ve been a Parish Councillor for just over 4 years and am currently chairman of the Village Centre Working Party which is focussed on enhancing the quality of our village centre. I’m also the chairman of 1st Sonning Common Scout Group.

Professionally I’m the purveyor of visions and dreams (Sales Director) in the dull world of cyber security. Outside of this you’ll typically find me on my mountain bike exploring some of the wonderful bridleways we have on our doorstep or frequenting many of the great hostelries and restaurants around us.

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Dirk Jones

Member

0118 972 3616

Declaration Of Interests

Email

 

Responsibilities and Representations

 

 

Biography

 

 

 

 

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Carole Lewis

Member

0118 972 3586

Declaration Of Interests

Email

 

Responsibilities and Representations

Representations: Finance Committee, Planning Committee.
Also represents the council on: Chiltern Edge Community Association

 

Biography

I joined the Parish Council early in 2011 – something to do on dark nights and wet days when gardening (my favourite hobby) was impossible.  Well, what did I get myself into?  An immensely interesting and challenging role, that’s what! When the idea of a skatepark was raised, I was very enthusiastic about making it happen. And I hope you will all agree that the end result has provided a much-needed outlet for a wide range of age groups in the village. There are still so many exciting projects to deal with – a newly-acquired piece of woodland in Old Copse, a large recreation field behind Kidmore End War Memorial Hall – and this is in addition to the day-to-day workings of the Parish Council.

 

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Leigh Rawlins

Member

0118 972 2565

Declaration Of Interests

Email

 

Responsibilities and Representations

Planning Committee, Finance Committee, Neighbourhood Plan Working Party, Parks and Recreation Committee, Village Centre and Environment Committee.
Member of SODC District Council representing Binfield Heath, Eye And Dunsden, Harpsden, Shiplake and Sonning Common Parishes.
Sits on the Poor’s Land Trust.

 

Biography

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.

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Keith Settle

Member

0118 972 3616

Declaration Of Interests

Email

 

Responsibilities and Representations

Finance Committee, Planning Committee, Parks and Recreation Committee. Also represents the council at Sonning Common Primary School and sits on the Millennium Green Trust.

 

 

Biography

I have lived in the village for 4 years and love being a part of this great community and so close to such amazing countryside. I am a teacher by profession and also spend much time on the Thames coaching rowing. In my spare time I enjoy cycling in the Chilterns. I am currently a trustee of the Millennium Green and a governor of the primary school.

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John Stoves

Member

0118 972 3420

Declaration Of Interests

Email

 

Responsibilities and Representations

Finance Committee, Parks and Recreation Committee.

 

 

Biography

Born and brought up in Buckinghamshire, I served an apprenticeship in Slough.  

I worked as an Engineer for 25 years before joining the world of finance.  I moved to Sonning Common in 2006 prior to retirement and joined the Parish Council in 2010.
My personal interests include gardening, walking and the countryside. 

I have an allotment and lead walks for my local ramblers group.  I’m also kept busy by my 4 grandchildren, 2 of whom live in the village.

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Contacts:

Parish Clerk:
Philip Collings
Chairman:
Carole Lewis (Mrs)

Office

address:Sonning Common Parish Council
Village Hall
Wood Lane
Sonning Common
Reading
RG4 9SL

phone: Tel: 0118 972 3616

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