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The Councillors

Greg Matthews (chair)

I have lived in the parish since 2007 and joined the Parish Council in 2012. My role on the council is to maintain the parish council website and be the Broadband Champion for North Leigh. The role of the Broadband Champion is to lobby OCC for better broadband provision and investigate ways in which the parish can improve broadband coverage and bandwidth. As a rural community we have a greater than average percentage of self employed members and businesses need good internet connectivity. If you would like to help with the campaign for better broadband, contact me at



Harry St. John

Tel 01993-881529

Age 67 - Divorced with two twenty something children Oliver and Atlanta, both working in London.
Qualifications  BSc  FRICS  FAAV

I am a consultant with Savills, a national and international property services company - based in their regional hub office in Botley Oxford

Village involvements

  • I have been a resident of North Leigh since 1997 and have lived in Oxfordshire since 1983.
  • I have served on the PC since about 1999 and as Chairman for about ten of those years. I have been involved with various village projects such as the new Memorial Hall, the Post Office and shop .
  • I have had an allotment off  Park Road since 1998,  and am a member of various village organisations including the St Mary’s Church choir and a “bit part” Windmill Player.
  • As a rural Chartered Surveyor, my particular knowledge  relates to property, land and woods and related matters  - especially planning issues - so I am on the PC’s planning working party  that comments on all applications in the Parish.
  • I help, with others, spread salt in key parts of the village when the weather demands it and do occasional litter picks!!

Other involvements in the County.

  • I am a member of and have recently become a Trustee of the Wychwood  Project  a local charity which promotes the historic landscape, flora and fauna of the old royal hunting forest of Wychwood, and education about the countryside and its environment in West Oxfordshire.
  • I am a land manager representative on the Oxfordshire Countryside Access Forum – which is a consultative body on public access and rights of way for the County.
  • I have recently been elected as District Council member for North Leigh ward following on from Sir Barry Norton

Susie Cusick (vice chair)

My family moved to North Leigh in 1997 and my husband Roger and I have loved village life ever since .I have twins( 26 years old ) who still live at home but are trying to save for their own homes! I enjoy being involved in village life and offer to help in activities whenever possible. I am an avid gardener and a member of the North Leigh Gardening Society and have opened my garden annually along with many others to help raise funds initially for the new Memorial Hall and lately for various local charities.

I have worked as a neonatal sister on the Newborn Intensive Care Unit in the Women’s Centre at the John Radcliffe Hospital for the last 15 years and I co-ordinate the Thames Valley Neonatal Transport Service which transfers sick and premature babies to the JR for specialist care; and returning them back to their local hospitals as soon as their condition improves, for on-going care. I am also a member of a specialised team named “Airborn” which is based at Oxford Airport; who help to transfer sick or premature babies back to the South East from abroad where they have been delivered unexpectedly. We also use this facility to transfer babies long distances for specialist care in this country. I love my job and have been in this particular speciality for the last 30 years working at St Mary’s Hospital in London before we moved to North Leigh.

I joined the Parish Council in 1998 and was initially involved in the Adventure Playground Project and have been participating in many parish projects since .I support our Parish Council Chairman Richard in wanting to improve communications between the Council Committee and Villagers.

01993 883033

Carol Frost

I have lived in Oxfordshire since 1970, and moved to North Leigh in 2000.

I have a son living in North Leigh and daughter living in New Zealand. I am involved in village activities, North Leigh Garden Society, North Leigh Memorial Hall committee, North Leigh badminton club and our local charities group. One of my other interests is my involvement with Volunteer Link Up in Witney as one of their trustees.

I have worked for Oxfordshire County Council for some years in a range of posts eg - Social worker, manager, and in the contacts team for Learning Disability.

I have been a member of the Parish council for at least 10 years which I very much enjoy. I see my roll in our community as making a difference for local residents, in a village that I am very proud of being part of.

01993 881306

Ian Hogg

Ian Hogg has lived in North Leigh with his wife, who was born in the village, for nearly 12 years. Previously they lived in Freeland for 20 years so he has witnessed the development of the area while also having an understanding of its history. Previously an accountant, he stepped back from that profession to study for a part-time ceramic degree, eventually graduating in 2012. He has a keen interest in energy conservation and building design, the arts, current affairs, conservation (his interest began in the 1970’s) and walking the local area with their dog. He joined the Parish Council following the completion of his degree.

01993 868227

Jim Nicholson

My wife Eileen and I moved to North Leigh in November 2008. Both born in Northumberland we lived in Pontefract, West Yorkshire from 1964 when, as an Industrial Chemist I worked for a company producing specialty chemicals and equipment for the world timber industry. I travelled extensively in Europe and Africa in a commercial/technical role until I retired in 1997.

I then became active in a number of public and community groups in Pontefract and West Yorkshire;
I was Chairman of Age Concern Wakefield, and served as a Governor at a Special Needs school, three Primary schools and a High School in Pontefract.  As an Elected Member of Wakefield Met. District Council I served on the Planning and Adoption Committees. I was Deputy Cabinet Member for Social Care and Housing and a Director of Wakefield and District Housing.  I was also a Trustee of various community groups in Pontefract and a Sidesman at the Parish Church.

Since settling in North Leigh I have concentrated on being a grandfather, reorganizing our house and garden, playing bowls at Hanborough and short-mat bowls at North Leigh, singing with Eynsham Choral Society, being a member of the War Memorial Committee and helping out with the Nor’Lye News.

01993 881170

David Fettes


I returned to live in Oxfordshire in 1999 and moved to North leigh in 2011
I am married with two grown up children . My daughter and husband live in Witney and my son and his wife currently live in Preston.
I am a retired Local government Officer most recently working for the Development Control Section of Oxfordshire County Council dealing with the highways implications of planning applications.
We are members of the North Leigh Garden Society and I am a member of the Mason's Arms domino team. My wife and I support local village events such as the North Leigh Players pantomimes and plays, Music festivals, firework nights etc in this vibrant village.

Andy Clements

My wife, Terrie, and I have lived in East End since 2001 following career moves around the country. I have recently retired after spending over 40 years working in the quarrying / building materials industry in a range of sales, commercial and managerial roles.

Retirement has given me time to make the most of my interests and hobbies which include sport, particularly cricket and rugby - although now restricted to watching rather than playing, clay pigeon shooting, walking, reading and listening to music. Since retiring I have become a volunteer with West Oxfordshire Citizens Advice and the Wychwood Project.

I have always had an interest in what was going on in the Parish, but work commitments prevented me from being able to get involved. Now I have the time to try and help my local community and look forward to working with my colleagues on the Parish Council.

01993 880317



Julie Minch

I moved to West Oxfordshire from Cambridge in 1982 and came to live in North Leigh in 2011 quickly discovering what a lovely village we have.

My 3 very grown up children have moved on and so I now spend much of my time working as a practice nurse or enjoying the beautiful countryside walking my two dogs.  In addition I was introduced to bell ringing at St Mary's and would recommend it as a hobby for anyone (new learners always welcome!).
I am very keen to become more involved in village life and contribute to maintaining the fabric and character of the village, supporting local businesses and societies in particular those aimed at the young and vulnerable.

Parish Clerk

The Parish Clerk is Allison Leigh, and she can be reached at or on 01865 865876