Council InformationCouncillors

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Dr Royce Longton

Dr Royce Longton enjoyed an academic career as a plant ecologist working with the British Antarctic Survey, at the University of Manitoba in Canada, and at the University of Reading where he was at one time Head of the Department of Botany. He wrote one book, Biology of Polar Bryophytes and Lichens (Cambridge University Press, 1988), and more than 80 peer-reviewed research papers, and was awarded a DSc degree in 1993. He has been actively involved in community life in Burghfield for many years, as a member of the Parish Council since the mid nineteen-eighties, and as a Councillor for the Burghfield Ward from 1993 to 2015 on Berkshire County Council and latterly on West Berkshire Council, where he was Council Leader for four years. An enthusiastic champion of environmental conservation and enhancement, he has been actively involved with the planning process, seeking to ensure that the provision of adequate housing to meet local needs is achieved with the minimum possible damage our countryside and its biodiversity.

Tim Ansell

Tim moved to Burghfield at the end of the last century with his wife and 2 children. A founding member of the Burghfield Santas Tim is heavily involved in organising community events and raising money for local charities. Never one to miss a challenge when Tim is not running the bar for a charity event he has taken various challenges including the Reading Half Marathon, The Thames Path Challenge and Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

Tricia Hipwell

Tricia is married with 2 children, five grandchildren and moved into Burghfield Common in 1989. She has actively participated in local events, taking on active Parish roles such and Macmillan, Fun day, and Bike Ride. Also, as a Brownie leader for 22 years (and still serving now as Treasurer), Secretary of the B.R.A. and Royal British Legion. In the past she has worked in Publishing, large Building/Office premises relocation, Wedding Organiser, and as a PA to the MD of an Events, Functions and Catering Business. Tricia sees her role in the Parish Council as a way to actively continue putting back something into the local Community.

Matt Paterson-Borland

Matt moved to Burghfield Common in 2003 and is married with two grown up step children.  Matt is currently a Senior Risk Consultant and has over 20 years’ experience with a number of different financial services organisations.  Matt currently chairs the Finance and Governance Committee and has been a Parish Councillor for over 13 years.  Matt feels passionately about the local community and making a Burghfield a great place to live.  Matt’s hobbies include cycling, walking, reading and watching football (although being a Reading FC season ticket holder is currently stressful).

Angie Gallagher

Originally from Lancashire I moved to Burghfield Common in 1987.  I am semi-retired and having always worked in the field of mental health I am aware of both the positives effects on mental well-being of living in a village and the potential for loneliness and isolation being in a rural location. As a member of the Parish Council I have an opportunity to be involved in the planning of sensitive developmental growth of the village, organisation of community events and ensuring changes and updates are communicated to all parishioners.

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Duncan Godding

Duncan is an IT Engineer from Reading and moved to Burghfield in 2012. Since then he has joined the Parish Council as well as the Burghfield Residents Association, Neighbourhood Development Plan Group and volunteer for Burghfield Santas events.

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Christopher Greaves

Chris moved to Burghfield Common in 2005 and is married with three children. Chris is a Senior Estimator for a regional building contractor and has over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry both in the UK and overseas. Chris joined the Parish Council in 2008 to help develop the Village Design Statement and is now Chair of the Infrastructure Committee and Community Hub Committee. Chris and his family are actively involved in village life and he hopes his role in the Parish Council will make Burghfield and even better place to live. Chris’s hobbies include family caravan holidays, off-road driving, mountain biking, walking, gardening and DIY.

Paul Lawrence

A resident of Burghfield Common since 1997.  Married with a daughter of 9.  Member of the Parish Council since March 2008 – Currently serving as Chairman of the Parish Council, member of the Infrastructure, Community Hub and Governance & Finance Committees.

Ian MacFarlane

I have lived in Burghfield Common for over 22 years and am married with two daughters, both of whom attended the Willink School.  I am an Area Manager for a domestic appliance repair company based in Chelmsford.  I have been a member of the Parish Council for about 10 years and have served on several committees in that time. I am currently Vice Chairman of the Council and Chairman of the Community Committee.  I joined the Parish Council as I believe in community spirit and wanted to play a part in helping to promote that community spirit within the Parish. I am very proud of what the Council has achieved and hope to be able to help shape the Council’s future direction and plans for the Parish.

Nick Morse

Nick came to Burghfield 26 years ago with his wife Linda and their two children when his company transferred him from Suffolk. After a career in the  IT and telecommunications industries, Nick is now in semi retirement and still does some consulting assignments. He has been actively involved in Burghfield life from the beginning, particularly with the May Fayre where, apart from being on the organising committee for 10 years, he has been the PA announcer for the last 20. His reason for being a Parish councillor is to help improve what needs improving in Burghfield yet preserve what makes this community so special.

Maureen Cresser

Member of the Infrastructure Committee
Member of the Community Committee

David Godwin

Member of the Infrastructure Committee
Member of the Communications Committee

Bill Neilson

Member of the Community Committee

Libby Sharp

Member of the Communications Committee
Member of the Community Hub Working Committee

Carol Jackson-Doerge

Ward Member for West Berkshire Council
Member of the Community Committee

Daniel Kellaway

Daniel has lived in Burghfield Common for over 10 years, and has been on the council since early 2017. Daniel is currently a member of the Community and Infrastructure committees and also sits on Burghfield NDP. He is actively involved in the community with the Burghfield Residents Association and a local environmental volunteer group.

Burghfield
Parish Council

P.O Box 7381,
Reading
RG1 9XP

0118 983 1748
burghfieldparishcouncil@gmail.com