SGPC Our Team
As the Local Council elections of May 2018 become a distant memory for some of our Councillors, we are all delighted that our Parish Council is now back up to a full complement of five, with two new Councillors and a new Parish Clerk having joined us during the somewhat memorable year of 2020.
We continue to enjoy considerable support from our Community, whose interests and concerns inform all our decision making, and to all of whom we seek to be readily accessible.
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:
Cllr Hugh Pidgeon email@example.com
We love living here. When we first came to live in Sibford in 1988, our two children settled happily in the primary school, one on each side of the road; and I was the Chairman of the Governors there for 4 years. After a long spell living in China together, and a couple of hops after the children were born, 30 years on it seems Fiona and I have settled here too! My job all that time? I’ve never known what to call it, but it comes down to facilitating difficult conversations and helping people make complex decisions when the stakes are getting high. Should come in useful!
Cllr David Allen (Chair) firstname.lastname@example.org
After graduating in London, and qualifying as a Chartered Engineer, I pursued a career in investment management, and retired as UK Director of a global management consultancy in 2011. Following 3 years of “grey gap” travelling around Europe, living in a campervan, Marianne and I discovered the wonderful Sibfords, and moved “up the valley” from Marlow to Sibford Gower in 2014. In between frequent travel, keeping in touch with our extended family, offshore sailing, charity work, and numerous musical projects, we have been warmly welcomed into the Community … particularly through involvement with the Village Hall, the Breakfast Club, and the Sibford Players.
Cllr Roger Mallows (Vice Chair) email@example.com
Having taught in Bedford and Rugby, I spent over 20 years as a headteacher in Leamington Spa before retiring to Somerset. Retirement has included educational consultancy; part-time NHS Hospital Manager in mental health; voluntary work with the Samaritans; renovating a 16th century farmhouse. The delightful arrival of grandchildren prompted a relocation of the family to the warm and welcoming Sibford Gower in 2015, leading to the recent renovation of Yew Tree House.
Cllr Alan Berks firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Cllr Victoria Pougatch email@example.com
We’ve been lucky enough to bring our children up in Sibford Gower having moved here in 2006 when they were 2, 4 and 6. They all started at the primary school where I was a governor for 6 years. I’ve worked as a literary agent, a secondary school English teacher and have an MA in creative writing. I’m a director of Saddleback Media Ltd and am a freelance writer and podcast producer. We love our life in the village where we live with our menagerie of animals, which includes a shetland pony and two goats.
Kirsty Buttle (Parish Clerk) firstname.lastname@example.org
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. Having only recently taken on the role of Clerk/RFO to Sibford Gower Parish Council (March 2020) I am keen to learn more about the village and the wants and needs of the parishioners that can be supported by the Parish Council. I hope my experience of working in other parish Councils will be of benefit to the parishioners by helping to improve Parish Council processes, transparency and community engagement.