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John Anderson
Working Groups:Planning Committee

Property Working Group (Lead)
Finance Working Group (Lead)
HR Working Group

I have been a member of the Parish Council since September 2010 and am currently its Chairman. I am pleased to be serving the interests of the local community. I led the Parish Council initiative to provide the allotments in Part Lane, the redevelopment of Fieldfare and most recently the revamp of the car park and external environs of the Parish Hall.

I share the concerns of local people about the number of houses coming to the area and the impact that will have on our lives and the beautiful countryside in our parish.

I have lived in Swallowfield since 1992 and elsewhere in Wokingham Borough since 1978. Our two children went to Farley Hill School and my wife was Treasurer of the Farley Hill School Association for several years.

In my working career, I was a Management Consultant focussing on IT strategy and business change predominantly in the Public Sector. Locally, I undertook work for the Atomic Weapons Establishment and the national police training organisation of which Bramshill Police Training College (a Grade 1 listed building) was a part prior to its sale to a private company.

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Jonathan Wheelwright
Working Groups:Planning Committee (Chairman)

Communication Working Group
Finance Working Group
Property Working Group
Recreation Working Group (Lead, Interim)
Transport Working Group

I’ve lived in Farley Hill since 1995 with my wife and family and love the area we live in.   My children attended Farley Hill Primary School where I was a school governor.  We’re very fortunate within our parish to have such a great community plus a superb rural life despite being close to major towns.  It’s an environment that I am keen to maintain whilst understanding the need for change and development. 

I’m delighted to have joined the parish council and be able contribute to the community to maintain the quality of life we enjoy.

I work in the energy business and have a keen interest in green energy and energy efficiency.  I am race director for the Swallowfield 10+3. I am an enthusiastic cyclist both on and off road and a poor guitarist.

Please come and talk to me about any of the above – or indeed anything else.

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Mark Binns
Working Groups:Planning Committee

Resilience Working Group
Flood Resilience Working Group

With my experiece in business and event management, I hope to bring my problem solving and critical thinking skills to the team.  Here in the parish I have built an aquaponic system as a sustainable agriculture project.  I am also the organiser of the TEDxReading event, which brings together some of the greatest 'ideas worth spreading' and promotes them globally.

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Catherine Drew
Working Groups:Planning Committee

Finance Working Group
Property Working Group

Catherine has lived in Swallowfield for three years and previously lived in Arborfield for nearly twenty years.  She is a corporate finance lawyer and hopes her experience of advising business will assist the parish council.

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Laura Edmonds
Working Groups:Planning Committee
Finance Working Group
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Ian Fullerton
Working Groups:Planning Committee

Resilience Working Group (Lead)
Flood Resilience Group (Co-Chair with Graham Stanley)
Transport Working Group (Lead)
Finance Working Group

Born and educated in Canada, I came to England in 1966 on a postgraduate research fellowship in biomedical engineering at Imperial College. My career in business has spanned a range of roles from technical to executive management with several international companies. My work focussed on the financial services industry, with an emphasis on IT security. I subsequently worked as an independent business consultant.


Following retirement, I looked for an opportunity to use the knowledge and experience I had gained through a lifetime of work to ‘give something back’ to society. In 2012 I joined South Bucks Riding for the Disabled Association as a trustee and group treasurer. In this capacity I was responsible for the finances and much of the day to day operation of the charity. I recently stood down from this role and would now like to make a contribution at a more local level.


I moved to Swallowfield with my wife and children in 1981 and over the years have become very familiar with Swallowfield and adjoining areas. I have a particular interest in protecting our local  environment and the rural character of our village.


My hobbies include skiing, sailing, Microlite flying, gardening, DIY and making bread!



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David Lamont
Vice Chair

I am delighted to have joined the Parish Council, having lived in and around the local area since 1995. For the past four years I have been (and remain) treasurer and a trustee of Swallowfield Pre-School and I also work voluntarily with Young Enterprise Berkshire. I am a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and work in marketing and communications.

I am passionate about nature and sustainability and run an online community with 35,000 followers. I also contribute regularly to national and local publications, including Wokingham.Today, RG10 Mag and Round & About Magazine. You may spot my family and I litter picking along the Basingstoke Road from time to time…

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Margaret McDonald
Working Groups:Planning Committee

Halls Working Group (Lead)
Health & Well-being Working Group
Human Resources Working Group
Resilience Working Group

I have lived for over thirty years in Swallowfield and my two sons went to Farley Hill School where I was chair of the PTA. While I was a working mum I was a founder member of the Russell Players. I joined the Parish Council in the autumn of 2007 before I subsequently retired from my position as Assistant Head at Reading Boys’ School.

I am delighted to be able at last to work closely with and on behalf of, neighbours, friends and parishioners. I am passionately interested in preserving the rural status and community spirit of the parish. As one of the unfortunates who were flooded in the summer of 2007 I have had full experience of the support a close-knit community can bring. As secretary of the Flood Resilience Group, a working party set up by the Parish Council, I am doing all I can to work with the Environmental Agency and Wokingham Borough Council to reduce the chances of this happening again.

My other main interests on the Parish Council are the preservation of our environment and maintaining our village halls .I took over as chair of the parish council on the retirement on Mike Goldsmith and retired from this post in 2013. I am lead councillor with responsibility for Swallowfield Parish Hall and am on the committee of Riseley Village Tea Room where you will often find me in the afternoons! I want to make our halls the focus of our village life and I am so pleased that many of you have come forward to take part in supporting the Parish Council on this.

We have a very special community and we need to celebrate this, make more use of the facilities we have already and develop our friendships even more. I hope there will be many opportunities over the coming years for us all to enjoy social activities together.

As you know, I am always available and concerned to hear about local issues. Please contact me via the Parish Clerk.

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Simon Taylor

I have lived in Wokingham area since 1983, and in Swallowfield since 1998, by far the longest time I have lived anywhere.  My two children went to Farley Hill School.  My wife and I consider ourselves to be very fortunate to be living in such a beautiful and friendly village.

I originally trained as a civil engineer, later moving into loss prevention consultancy and then underwriting with a large industrial and commercial property insurer.

Since I retired a few years ago I have been looking for ways to get more involved in our community, and have decided it is time to move on from occasionally helping out, and to participate more actively.  I started with the Swallowfield Community Speedwatch initiative and now intend to expand my involvement.

I am particularly interested in maintaining the attractiveness and livability of our parish, especially in areas such as littering and vandalism, excessive speed, road maintenance and availability of infrastructure services.  I feel I can bring my skills to the parish council’s plans and actions to address these areas.

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Liz Halson
Parish Clerk

Sue Howorth
Finance Officer / Halls Bookings

Stuart Munro
Borough Councillor