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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.

David Pheasant - Vice Chairman

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.

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

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! 


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.

Susan Mann

Susan MannMy family, husband Nick, children Oliver, Caroline and Lizzie came to Shiplake 28 years ago as it seemed a good place for the children to grow up and, being located between Oxford and Reading, for work. It was! The children have all flown the nest, Nick and I have retired- ish. The village has undergone considerable change.

In my job as neuro and craniofacial anaesthetist and after, I have always recognised the importance of environment on wellbeing. I fully agree with many experts, including those I dealt with at work, in Family court, doing sustainable aid in developing countries and in developing and teaching Child Protection Courses, about the need for being surrounded by and being involved in a diverse, sustainable community, especially for the quite young and quite elderly.

I enjoy walking, cooking (especially making my daughter’s wedding cake!), 1960’s and 70’s music and opera, meditation, yoga and pilates, but most of all good company; whether it be friends or family, especially the grandchildren, I am happiest with people.

Ann Manning

Ann ManningAnn moved to Lower Shiplake in 1989 and loves the area. She is a professional businesswoman with over 35 years' experience in the Insurance Broking Industry and started Manning UK based in Henley-on-Thames in 1984 to provide a professional, competitive and "easy-to-do-business-with" service to clients however large or small whether face to face or by correspondence - this is a philosophy that still applies some 33 years later.

Ann is confident at public speaking and is able to articulate and interpret people’s views. She is a good debater, a very traditional woman who believes in mutual respect for all. She is proud to be a Freeman of the City of London and Liveryman of The Worshipful Company of Insurers.

She has served on all types of Committees for a number of years. She was a member of Rotaract and became President in 1979. She is a member of the Chartered Insurance Institute and has served terms of office on the Committee of the Reading Institute. In 1988 she became a Magistrate serving the Berkshire Bench with all that entails and was also a serving member of the Magistrates’ Courts Committee.

Ann is also heavily involved with the young and “not so young” in the local area and sponsors The Woodley Festival of Music and Arts which encourages young people to develop their speech, acting ability and musical talent. ‘It is a pleasure to hear and see young people partaking in the Festival and to hear proper diction!’

For hobbies, she has many things that she enjoys; badminton, theatre, polo, entertaining and anything connected with water. After many years of hiring a canal boat she now has her own which she enjoys whenever she can. She has two long term ambitions to have a picture included in the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts and eventually open an etiquette school.

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.

Chris Penrose

Chris PenroseOriginally from the North East, Chris has lived in the Henley area since 1994, and in Shiplake since 2000.  

Chris is one of the founder/owners of Abingdon-based Prosper21, an international marketing consultancy working with large corporations and their brands to help them develop and execute strategy better. He’s consulted for such firms as Shell, Beiersdorf, GSK, Essity, and Nestle. He spent his early career in marketing for Procter & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson in Europe and USA. 

Chris’ wife is the jeweller Wendy Penrose and their garden studio is a regular venue in the annual Henley Arts Trail, where their two children also exhibit their artwork and Chris gets to shows off his latest garden projects. 

Chris is keen to help Shiplake evolve, sensitive to the needs of residents and businesses, whilst maintaining its rural distinctiveness and as a great place to live and work.

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  chair@shiplakepc.com
Richard Curtis Planning 940 5252  
Roger Head Memorial Hall 01491 575676  
David Pheasant Planning, SVP, Website 940 2536  
Gregg Davies Finance & Primary School 940 3129  
Fred Maroudas Finance 940 2192  
Ann Manning   940 4708 (home)
01491 578759 (office)
Roger Hudson Parish Clerk 07809 829628
01491 577654