biographies

Kath Acres

I spent 30 years working in business magazine publishing running magazines covering a variety of subjects - Social Housing, Self Building Your Dream Home, Residential Care, Electronics, Estate Agency and Air and Business Travel. I set up a company to publish a weekly magazine about Community Regeneration and a monthly Social Enterprise magazine which I ran for ten years.

In 2008 I retrained as a Secondary school maths teacher at Brunel University. I now tutor maths to a wide range of local students and teach GCSE Maths intervention classes at Bourne End Academy. I am a Team Leader for Edexcel GCSE maths marking.

I have a degree in Environmental Science, the Professional Qualification of the Chartered Institute of Housing and a PGCSE in Secondary Maths.

I am currently President of Bourne End WI (which is a very happy and active WI) and I help to organise Bourne End Christmas Fun Night every year.

I am married to a local architect and have two grown up children. As of Saturday 10th October I am a (very proud) Granny and busy buying Osh Kosh dungarees on ebay.
Friends would describe me as enthusiastic, energetic and imaginative. Lesser fans would describe me as demanding, disruptive and exhausting.

I have lived in Well End for 11 years and cannot believe how lucky I am. While I recognise that there must be change and progress I am passionate about making sure that we look after our local area for future generations’ benefit.

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Valerie Brownridge

I was born in Aberdeen and lived there until 1979 when I moved to London to join the Diplomatic Service. I was still working for the Diplomatic Service when my husband and I moved to Little Marlow in 1998 and have lived here ever since. I retired from the Foreign Office in 2009 after a 30 year career culminating in my serving as Deputy British Ambassador in Zimbabwe. I decided that I would like to continue in public service and put the skills I had acquired over the years to local use. I therefore stood for the Little Marlow Parish Council in May 2011 and was elected as Councillor. I stood again for election at the May 2015 election which was uncontested. I was elected as Chairman at the Annual Parish Council Meeting in May 2015.

Since joining the Council, I have been actively involved in a number of planning issues affecting the parish, including the Local Plan, the Athletics Track and the plan to build houses on the reserve sites, particularly Abbey Barn North and South. I have worked on the devolution of services to the Parish Council and supported the Clerk in drafting and updating many of our policies and procedures. I am Chairman of the Burial Ground sub-committee and a member of a number of other sub-committees.

I am also involved in other local activities in Little Marlow. I have been a member of the Little Marlow Village Amenities Committee (the Committee which organises the Little Marlow Village Fete) since 2003 and Committee Chairman since 2011. From 2009 till August this year I was Secretary of the Little Marlow Lakes Country Park: Community Partnership, an organisation formed to create a country park in the area around Spade Oak Lake and alongside the Thames.

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Jason Downes

I am originally from Devizes, Wiltshire, and moved to Little Marlow two
years ago together with his wife Priya. Since this time I have been blessed with a baby boy, Jasper, in June 2014.

I have worked in finance for 25 years, the most recent 15 in venture capital and focuses on investing in and mentoring young companies.

I have held various board director positions during my career and I am
currently an advisor to an investment fund working in Russia and Turkey.

I lived for seven years in Moscow, Russia, and seven years in Washington DC, where I worked in international development, before returning to the UK in 2012.

I am Chairman of the Little Marlow Residents Association.

 

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Philip Emmett

My family have farmed in Little Marlow since 1938 and I was born and brought up in the village. After completing the course at Pershore Horticultural College I returned to the farm in 1979, married in 1980 and have 4 children between 18 and 34.

I joined LMPC in 1998 with the aim of “doing my bit” for the local community. I am passionate about keeping the vibrant, co-hesive and supportive environment within the village but absolutely vehemently opposed to “preserving it in aspic”.

Our farming enterprise has changed dramatically with a few small business units in the old vegetable processing buildings and the land cropped to mainly arable. This has allowed me to become more “nature friendly” with grass margins, flower rich headlands, bird nesting plots, replacement hedges, pollen and nectar strips, winter wild bird food areas and more. The butterfly and bird populations have responded wonderfully.

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Anthea Falk

I have lived in the village for over 40 years. During this time I have been actively involved in most aspects of village life. My children went to the nursery in the Pavilion (in fact my son was a ‘founder member’), they went to the village school and I was both a governor and on the PTA of the school.

We have, as a family, been at just about every village fete over the years, both because one or other of us has been on the committee or because we have had a stall. The cricket club has also been an important part of our family life. I attend Little Marlow Church, where my son was married and family members are buried.

We love living here and are very keen to see that the best happens for Little Marlow. As a Parish Councillor I hope to be able to make that sure that comes about. I hope that anyone in the parish feels they can raise issues that concern them with either me or any other Parish Councillor and that Little Marlow parish will continue to thrive in the very best way possible.

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Geoff Fitchew

I have lived in this parish since 1992 and a councillor since 2002, initially as a co-opted member.

My interest in becoming a parish councillor stemmed from a desire to help protect the very special nature of this area, not to set it in aspic but rather sympathetically manage the inevitable changes and housing development which the pressure of living in the crowded south east brings.

I work as a self-employed carpenter and general builder, mainly in the local area.

Other interests include field sports and especially salmon fishing in Scotland.

 

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Vivien Morton

I have served previously as a Little Marlow Parish Councillor and it is a great privilege to be offered the opportunity to serve again.
My husband and I moved to Marlow in 1977 where our 3 daughters were born and brought up. We moved to Little Marlow 9 years ago and love living in the village. I am now retired after working in the aviation industry for thirty years. I like to spend my spare time with my family and grandchildren and also sit as a magistrate on the Buckinghamshire Bench.

The main challenge for this area and the parish council will undoubtedly be increased pressure for development. Changes are inevitable and parish councils will face many challenges in trying to preserve all that we cherish locally. Wycombe District Council is under pressures from government, as we know, to provide areas to be developed and it will be up to each local parish council to put forward the best possible case to preserve as much of its local character as possible and to resist damaging changes. I will work hard to support Little Marlow Parish Council and the councillors in responding to these challenges as well as the other work involved in keeping the parish a pleasant place to live for everyone in the community. In the meantime please do feel free to contact me with any issues regarding the parish that are of concern.

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Richard Mash

My family moved to Little Marlow in 1918. I have lived in the parish most of my life and since my marriage in January 1968 at Lower Winchbottom. I was educated at Stowe School Buckingham and The Royal Agricultural College Cirencester. I am involved with woodland management, farming and the Westhorpe Park Mobile site. My current hobbies range from competitive working dogs, gardening projects, traditional Thames boats and restorations.

I joined the Parish Council about 10 years ago with the aim of making a contribution to the Parish. My concerns are many, such as the pressure on the road systems from major developments. It is important that any developments within the parish are compatible with its surrounding. I represent the Council on the Planning Committee, Chepping Wycombe Local Area Forum, Little Marlow Lakes Community Partnership and Thames Water Liaison Committee.

 

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Roger Randall

I was born at Westhorpe Farm, Little Marlow and was educated locally.
I have been married to my wife Janice for 40 years and have 2 daughters and 2 grandchildren. I am a third generation farmer at Westhorpe and have farmed myself for the last 48 years. I also run a successful leisure business along with my wife and family.

For many years I have been actively involved in running the Royal South Bucks Agricultural Society spending 2 years as chairman.

I am a hands on type of person, not one to sit around just talking, but to get stuck in and deal with matters as they arise. I look upon myself as being a representative of all parishioners, acting responsibly and being responsible.

I am passionate to ensure that any developments carried out within our community are done so with proper consideration of both social and environmental concerns.

I really hope I can do something positive for my community.

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