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John Anderson
Chairman
Working Groups:Property Working Group (Lead)
Health and Wellbeing (Lead)
Finance Working Group
Email:john.anderson@swallowfieldpc.gov.uk

I have been a member of the Parish Council since September 2010 and am now Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Planning Committee. 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.

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.

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Jonathan Wheelwright
Vice Chairman
Working Groups:Planning Committee (Chairman)

Communication
Property
Transportation (Lead)
Email:jonathan.wheelwright@swallowfieldpc.gov.uk

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
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Email:mark.binns@swallowfieldpc.gov.uk
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Gordon Collender
Working Groups:Planning Committee

Communications Working Group (Lead)
HR Working Group (Lead)
Finance Working Group
Email:gordon.collender@swallowfieldpc.gov.uk

I joined the Parish Council in 1994 two years after moving into the Parish. In 1996 I was privileged to be elected Chairman, a role that I held until 2005. I am currently Lead Councillor for Communication.

My main objectives in serving on the Council are to · Defend and fight for the retention of our rural environment · Work to bring about a stronger community spirit embracing both established residents and newcomers to our Parish · Resist further housing development · Provide facilities and other activity areas for our older children · Deal with the increasing problem of vandalism.

I retired from Thorn EMI in 1993, where I was Director of Distribution Services. My hobbies include tennis, membership of Nirvana Leisure Club (gym and swimming three times a week!), cookery - I passed the City and Guilds Cooks Professional Course with credit at Reading College in 1998, much to my wife’s delight – travel, and learning how to master a computer.

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Bill Dance
Working Groups:Planning Committee

Environment Working Group
Recreation Working Group (Lead)
Resilience Working Group
Email:bill.dance@swallowfieldpc.gov.uk

I and my father before me  have lived and worked at Stanford End Farm as tenants of the the Wellington estate since 1936. I was born in the farmhouse in 1947 where I have lived and worked ever since. My attachment to Swallowfield was somewhat  interrupted by the A33 Swallowfield Bypass which opened in 1982. This to a certain extent cut us off from Swallowfield village.  My interest in becoming a councillor is to promote the rural area of the parish and to feel more connected to the people of Swallowfield. I have worked closely with the Parish council and Thames Valley police to help reduce rural crime over the last few years which I hope is an ongoing and successful strategy.

I am married with two wonderful sons and a granddaughter of whom Janet and I are extremely proud. I hope to meet many more residents of the parish in the coming months and hopefully reintroduce the hamlet of Stanford End to the people of the Parish.

I enjoy Rugby Union so it will come as no surprise that I may well spend a lot of time in front of the TV this autumn as we are hosting the World Cup in Britain.

Note to the chairman: no PC meetings on match days please. Thank you.

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Catherine Drew
Working Groups:Planning Committee

Finance Working Group
Email:Catherine.Drew@swallowfieldpc.gov.uk

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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Angela King
Working Groups:Planning Committee

Resilience Working Group (Lead)
Email:angela.king@swallowfieldpc.gov.uk
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Margaret McDonald
Working Groups:Planning Committee

Halls Working Group (Lead)
Environment Working Group
Resilience Working Group
Human Resources Working Group
Email:margaret.mcdonald@swallowfieldpc.gov.uk

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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Liz Halson
Parish Clerk
Email:clerk@swallowfieldpc.gov.uk


Sue Howorth
Finance Officer / Halls Bookings
Email:finance_officer@swallowfieldpc.gov.uk