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Brief Biography of Council Members

Tudor Taylor - Chairman

Tudor TaylorTudor his wife Sally and his two sons have lived in the village for some 15 years. He has had a long association with Shiplake through his wife's family and was married in St Peter and St Paul's church over 30 years ago.

Tudor has spent all of his working life in UK Financial Services taking a number of senior roles across the industry. He joined the Council in September 2009 and is keen to do whatever it takes to protect the village and its environment; to build on its great sense of community and to ensure it remains the great place it is to live in.

Tudor's interests include walking, travelling, the arts and, not surprisingly, given his Welsh roots - rugby.

Geoff Thomas - Deputy Chairman

Geoff ThomasGeoff moved to Shiplake with his wife, Pippa, and family in 1981, attracted by its village and riverside environment. His three daughters all went to Shiplake Primary School, where he served on the PTA and became Deputy Chairman.

Having retired from his role as Personnel Director with an international organisation, Geoff joined the Parish Council  in 2009 and is leader of the Planning Working Party. His interests include sailing, rowing, rugby and the arts.

Roger Head

Roger HeadRoger has lived in Binfield Heath all his life and is the third generation of his family to do so.  He has taken an active role in the community from early age and has been a Parish Councillor for over thirty years, including a period as the Chairman.  Roger is also an active member of the local branch of the Royal  British Legion and he currently represents both the Parish Council and the British Legion on the Memorial Hall Management Committee.

David Pheasant

David PheasantDavid has lived in Shiplake for more than 10 years and has known the villages for many more years since meeting his wife Vivien, who lived in Henley. One of their daughters also lives in the village with her family.  For the past 30 years he has been a director of international technology and software companies working in Europe, America and Asia. David is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and Chartered Member of the British Computer Society.

He joined the Parish Council in 2011 wanting to contribute to the good work of the Council in ensuring the villages retain their character, community and rural nature as places for all ages to live. His involvement for the Council is focused on: planning issues, the Shiplake Villages Plan, newsletter and the new website.

Gregg Davies

Gregg DaviesBorn in North Wales but having lived most of his life in Scotland, Gregg  has been Headmaster of Shiplake College since 2004. He is married to Alison, a Magistrate in Reading and a part time teacher at the College and they have a daughter, Anna. Since his appointment Gregg has worked hard to increase the College’s involvement with the community. An active sportsman in the past, Gregg also refereed rugby up to international standard.

He joined the Council in 2011 with a wish to work with others to improve the village. His interests include log chopping and loud singing and he recently invested in a 30 year old motor boat which his family will no doubt enjoy once he can make it work! 

Chris Smith

Gregg DaviesChris Smith has lived in Shiplake for 10 years with his wife, Liz and two teenage sons.  He spends much of his time working from home so feels very much part of the community, even though he also travels often into London and sometimes overseas.  He has over 20 years experience as a consultant, coach and business manager working with a range of industries.  He is a Director at Bath Consultancy Group, which is now part of General Physics Inc, a US based consulting firm.   He joined the Parish Council because he wants to give something to his local community and to quietly make a difference to the lives of people.   He thinks he would bring lots of experience in being part of a team, on a board etc.  He enjoys looking at issues and working with others to identify the best way forward.  He is also used to getting things organised and making things happen.

Richard Curtis

Richard Curtis Richard Curtis is a long­serving staff member of Shiplake College (now in his 10th year) and has recently been appointed Assistant Head with a specific responsibility for the school’s Sixth Form. Richard is also a boarding housemaster and lives in accommodation connected to the Upper Sixth house with his wife, Rosie, and their two boys, Jack and Billy═ż both attend Shiplake Primary School. He also the proud owner of two very friendly white Staffordshire Bull Terriers called Jessie and Pepsi with whom he can often be seen admiring the sunrises over the river whilst walking the tow path in the early hours of the morning. Richard has 29 years of teaching experience behind him and has fulfilled a variety of academic and pastoral roles at Shiplake and formerly Framlingham College in Suffolk. These include Director of Sport and Head of Mathematics. In addition to his teaching and Housemaster duties, Richard is a valued sports coach, specialising in rugby and hockey. He is also an ardent cricketer and relishes the opportunity of spending a day or two at Lords during the summer holidays

Fred Maroudas

Fred was born across the river in Reading and has lived in Shiplake with his wife Vanessa for eight years. Although he spent many years in London, he is a lifelong (and therefore lifelong-suffering) Reading fan and is delighted to be able to live back close to his roots.

Fred is a solicitor by profession and currently works in the railway industry as CFO for Eversholt Rail. He has spent the last twenty years working in both public and private sectors to develop and finance Britain’s national infrastructure, first as a lawyer and more recently as a finance specialist in HM Treasury, Network Rail and Heathrow. He is a Board member of a number of public sector and voluntary organisations including Local Partnerships, whose role is to assist local Government and communities deliver improved public services, and the Green Investment Bank. Fred believes strongly that a strong local community is the cornerstone of a successful society and very much enjoys playing whatever part he can.

Fred is a terrible but enthusiastic golfer and occasional cricketer, skier and walker; and enjoys theatre and the arts.

Malcolm Leonard 

Malcolm LeonardMalcolm Leonard has thoroughly enjoyed living in Lower Shiplake for over 40 years. Although Welsh, Malcolm spent his early years in the west country before moving to Scotland for 10 years and starting married life with his Swedish wife Eva. Their son and daughter were born there.

His working life was spent in the packaging industry, firstly with the Metal Box Company. His last position before retiring was Managing Director, West Africa for Tetra Pak International, a Swedish company for whom he worked for 30 years.

Malcolm has always enjoyed public service and, after National Service as an infantry officer, spent very many years in the Territorial Army.  Retirement gave him the opportunity to once again serve the local community and in 2001 he became a Parish Councillor for Shiplake until 2011, rejoining it in 2015. From 2003 until 2015 he served as South Oxfordshire District Councillor for the Shiplake Ward. He is a Past Chairman of the District Council. He is a Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Henley Bridge and greatly enjoys involvement in their charity fund raising.

He is currently President of The South Oxfordshire Conservative Association and Chairman of the Shiplake Branch. He is a keen supporter of Henley Rugby Club, where he helped set up the Mini Rugby section. Eva has stongly supported Malcolm's public service commitments and is involved running the village over 60’s lunch club. Other interests are walking, bird watching and travelling.

Roger Hudson - Parish Clerk

Roger Hudson

Roger married Gilly in 1987 and they have had two homes in Shiplake spanning some 20 years. They love the truly village feel, community spirit and have made some wonderful friends. They currently live in Henley but maintain strong links through friends and the Council Role.

They are both active committee members of Henley Golf Club and their other main hobby is boating .

Following early retirement, Roger set up his own marketing consultancy G8 consulting in 2002. Prior to that he worked for Eli Lilly & Co Ltd., a premier US pharmaceutical organisation, for over 32 years. In that time he held a variety of positions at  senior management level in the UK marketing,sales and HR functions.

Paul Harrison - SODC Councillor, Sonning Common & Local Parishes

Paul Harrison Paul is one of two SODC Councillors representing the Sonning Common Ward, which includes Binfield Heath Parish, Harpsden Parish, Rotherfield Greys Parish, Shiplake Parish and Sonning Common Parish, where he lives. Paul has been on the district council since 2003, is currently the Vice Chairman of SODC Council and is on the following committees: Community Capital Grants;Community Governance & Electoral Issues; Joint Audit & Governance;Planning; Scrutiny. He works in the technology business sector for SAS.

Will Hall - SODC Councillor, Sonning Common & Local Parishes

Will Hall Will is one of two SODC Councillors representing the Sonning Common Ward, which includes Binfield Heath Parish, Harpsden Parish, Rotherfield Greys Parish, Shiplake Parish and Sonning Common Parish. He lives in Henley and can be contacted at: wahhall@gmail.com

David Bartholomew - OCC County Councillor, Sonning Common

David BartholomewDavid Bartholomew was elected as Oxfordshire County Councillor for the Sonning Common Division in May 2013. The Division comprises nine parishes, of which Shiplake is one of the largest.

David has lived in Shiplake with his wife for over 20 years, and his three boys grew up here. He has a marketing company based in Henley.

Protecting the quality of life enjoyed by South Oxfordshire residents is high on the list of David's priorities. Away from politics and work, David is a passionate cyclist and indoor rower.


Special Responsibility



Tudor Taylor Chairman 940 2142  
Richard Curtis Planning 940 5252  
 Malcolm Leonard Planning     
Roger Head Memorial Hall 01491 575676  
Geoff Thomas Planning 940 3432  
David Pheasant Planning, SVP, Website 940 2536  
Gregg Davies Finance & Primary School 940 3129  
Chris Smith Finance 940 2215  
Fred Maroudas Finance 940 2192  
Roger Hudson Parish Clerk 07809 829628
01491 577654

High Sheriff's Award for Roger Head for Community Service

Roger Head 

Roger's incredible service to Shiplake as a parish councillor for over 46 years has been recognised by the High Sheriff of Oxfordshire Award, to be presented on 29th February. His commitment to the local community is also recognised for many contributions beyond  the council.

Click here to read more about just how he has made a difference. As Tudor Taylor states, "he is a really 'down to earth'  nice chap, eager to help in anyway he can.....I am 'chuffed to bits' that he has been properly recognised in this way."

Article created / last edited: 10 February 2016

New Members of the Parish Council


Midst all the excitement of the general election outcome in May, there have been some additions to the parish council and changes of representation at district council level also.  You can find the details by clicking here and going to the parish website's Councillor page where details of the members can be found.

We welcome Malcolm Leonard back to the parish council with all his experience of district council matters in recent years and Richard Curtis, whose contributions to the community as a member of the Shiplake Villages Plan Steering Committee have been much appreciated.

These changes mean we have a full complement of councillors with a reasonable spread of representation across Lower Shiplake and Shiplake Cross. We do not have, however, have any female representation, which we hope will change in the future as more people volunteer to be a councillor. We look forward to hearing from you...contact Roger Hudson, Parish Clerk via shiplakepc@hotmail.com

Article created / last edited: 14 September 2015