Greg Matthews (chair)
Harry St. John
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
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
I enjoy playing badminton (qualified as an all England Coach and Umpire) in Witney most Fridays. Joined the W.I. in the village. Walking is a pastime enjoyed, which I share with my husband, Chris. Both our Children are independent, but often manage to return with either friends, or in Jo's case, her partner, Jeff, who is Australian.
I am looking forward to a new challenge, working as a co-opted Parish Councillor.
As well as being an ex-worker I am an ex-chartered water and environmental manager and an ex chartered building engineer.
My hobbies include boating. sea and course fishing, all of which I hope to do more of now I’ve retired.
As a newly co-opted Parish Councilor I hope to become more active in the local community.
The Parish Clerk is Allison Leigh, and she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01865 865876