SGPC Our Team

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If you’d like to get in touch with the Council, this is the email address to use:

Our Parish Clerk will forward your email to one or more of us, as appropriate, but please feel free to use one of the individual Parish Councillor email addresses below, if this is more appropriate to your enquiry.

See below for photographs and brief personal profiles on each of us:

[May 2022: Awaiting information on the new councillors]

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Cllr Alan Berks

Cllr Alan Berks

We moved to Sibford Gower in 1990 and three children and two extensions later we’re still here and enjoying village life and the surrounding countryside.  From agricultural college I had my own pig farm rearing to pork weight until a virulent pneumonia forced me to close the business.  Soon after I joined Fired Earth where I worked for over 20 years as Senior Technical Manager. Using the skills I honed there, we started our own business in 2007 designing and installing kitchens and bathrooms and carrying out all aspects of property maintenance in the Sibfords and surrounding areas.  My main hobby goes back to my roots in farming – we have 70 breeding ewes and their offspring which you may have seen if you walk the footpaths of the parish. I hope I will be able to offer help and support to the key people on the Parish Council as well as representing the needs of the community.

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Cllr James Garstin

Cllr James Garstin

I moved to Sibford Gower with my young family in 2015 from Hertfordshire where we had lived for 18 years. I was no stranger to the area as my wife’s family comes from Shenington, just up the road. Following 10 years in Supply Chain Management, working for predominantly healthcare companies, I set up a private healthcare business in Leamington Spa which I ran with my brother until 2009. For the next 12 years, I worked with the NHS supporting trusts to find ways of improving financial and operational performance. During this time, I worked for KPMG, a global advisory firm, until setting up on my own in 2013. Since 2020, I have been setting up a new healthcare business involved in genetic testing. I aim to do what I can for the village community, supporting the council with my organisational skills and varied experience. For those of you who don’t know me, you will almost certainly see me out and about cycling around our beautiful countryside, as it’s a bit of an obsession!

Kirsty Buttle (Parish Clerk)

I live in Banbury and am currently Clerk/RFO to 9 parish councils across Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and Northamptonshire. I started working with parish councils in 2014 and became CiLCA (Certificate in Local Council Administration) qualified in 2016. I hope my experience of working in other parishes will be of benefit to the parishioners by helping to improve Parish Council processes, transparency and community engagement.