Other local appointments:
In addition to my role as chairman of the parish council, I am a member of The Community Area Traffic Group (CATG), which meets four times a year to discuss, plan and fund improvements to village roads in the local area. CATG has funded the new 30 mph and 20 mph signage in Ogbourne St Andrew, and the white gates at the north and south entrances to the village on the A346. We are currently awaiting the outcome of a request which we have submitted to CATG to repair and extend the hardstanding near to Crawlings Piece, where refuse and recycling bins are placed for emptying.
I am on the governing body of Ogbourne Academy and I am a member of the staffing committee of The Excalibur Multi-Academy Trust.
I have lived in The Haven, Ogbourne Maizey since 1981, with my wife, Janice. We have had three children here, Douglas, Amy and Alastair. All three went to St Mary’s, St Peter’s and St John’s schools in Marlborough. Douglas now lives with his wife (a Kiwi !) and their two children in New Zealand, working for TomTom. Amy is a local GP (in Ramsbury) and lives with her husband (a GP in Marlborough and Pewsey) and two small children in Woodborough, near Pewsey. Alastair, who is a dentist in Marlborough, lives with his wife and baby son Arthur in Aldbourne.
Janice and I both worked for some thirty years in Shrivenham at the Royal Military College of Science, which later became the Defence Academy of UK. I lectured in engineering and Janice lectured in polymers and fuel technology. We have both now retired.
Since retiring I have taken over as chairman of the parish council, become a governor of Ogbourne Academy and volunteer in the Cancer Research Shop in Marlborough. On Mondays, we look after our two grandchildren in Woodborough. We spend Tuesdays recovering.
As chairman of the parish council, I seek to maintain a happy and well-ordered environment for all. We have focussed a fair amount of our effort on the traffic problems in the village, but we also concern ourselves planning issues, village amenities and maintenance, environmental issues and any other local topics which arise.