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Meet the Councillors

Brian Adams became a Parish Council member in 2020

Contact: Telephone no.  (01256) 782574

Responsibilities: Brian is a member of the Planning Committee and Burial Ground and Churchyard Working Parties.

Personal statement: Originally from Sussex, then moving to Bletchley in Bucks, Brian served a 5 year apprenticeship before becoming an Electrical/Electronics Engineer. His career spanned many areas of engineering including electronics design, automation and telecommunications. Brian moved to Oakley with his family in 1993 and has 2 sons and 2 grandchildren. After many years in industry, Brian took up a position as Lecturer in Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Basingstoke College , but now works part time as a Training Consultant looking after engineering apprentices. Brian’s hobbies include listening to and trying to play music, walking and golf.

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Bob Aylmer became a Parish Council member in 2022

Contact: Telephone no.  (01256) 780439

Personal statement: Bob was born in Hertfordshire in 1950. After schooling he studied civil engineering at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and had a career working on heavy civil engineering projects around the world.

He moved to the Basingstoke area in 1983 when he married Tish -- firstly living in Fleet, then Mattingley and finally to Oakley in 2018. Upon marriage Bob became a stepfather to three young children, one of whom also lives in Oakley with his family.

Bob’s interest are reading and travel, and he has recently joined Oakley Bowling Club (as a replacement for golf?).

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Fred Bullions became a Parish Council member in 2012

Contact: Telephone no:  (01256) 782552

Responsibilities: Fred is a member of the Planning Committee, the Publicity and Village Events and the Highways and Transport Working Parties.  

Personal statement: He was born in East Grinstead during the Second World War and moved to Basingstoke in 1968 under the Greater London Council's new towns scheme. Worked for Hampshire County Council's Weights and Measures Department at their Basingstoke Office as a technical assistant/weighbridge unit driver and lived in Popley before moving to Brighton Hill and then in 1977 to Oakley. Married to Valerie with two grown up children, Keith and Kay. Involved in the local Oakley Scouts and Guides for many years while the children were growing up. In 2006 was awarded an MBE for Services to Hampshire County Council and now semi-retired enjoys driving, travelling, gardening and when the weather permits cycling.

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Ian Ellison became a Parish Council member in 2000

Contact: Telephone no: (01256)780920

Responsibilities: Ian is a member of the Sports Grounds and Play Areas, the Finance and the PC Governance Working Parties.

Personal statement: Ian and his family moved to Oakley in 1982.  He is married with three children and four grandchildren. Although retired, he is a governor of Queen Mary's College and is involved in a minor way with scouting in the village.  He enjoys classical and traditional jazz music, reading and travel and, in what time remains, relaxing!

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Stephen Harding became a Parish Council member in 2018 and was voted Chairman in December 2021

Contact: Telephone no.  (01256) 781557

Responsibilities: Stephen is a member of the Environment, the Highways and Transport, IT Project and the PC Governance Working Parties.

Personal statement: Stephen is married and has lived in the village since 1977.   His working life consisted of being a teacher for nearly 23 years, fourteen years in the broadcast industry working for international technology companies and six years in the university sector working as an IT support manager.  Stephen is keenly interested in village matters, particularly how it will develop over the coming years.  Prior to becoming a councillor, Stephen was co-opted to the Highways and Transport Working Party as the Speedwatch co-ordinator.

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Amanda Hayman became a Parish Council member in 2021

Contact: Telephone no.  (01256) 783144

Responsibilities: Amanda is a member of the Burial Ground and Churchyard Working Party.

Personal statement: Amanda and her family have lived in the village since 1999. She loves Oakley and the surrounding countryside and feels that the next few years will be a particularly important time for the village. Her children attended Oakley schools and preschools and between them have been members of beavers, cubs, scouts, guides and the boys’ football team. Amanda is a lawyer and tries to tame her garden in her spare time.

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John Paler became a Parish Council member in 2017. After leaving John continued as an Associate Member supporting the Clerk and Councillors with technical support and database administration. John rejoined the Council in 2022.

Contact: Telephone no.  (01256) 781704

Responsibilities: John is a member of the IT Project Working Party

Personal statement: My wife, Mary, my son David and I moved to Oakley just under 40 years ago when my employer, Blue Circle, relocated its head office from Victoria SW1 to Aldermaston. David’s schooling was at Oakley schools, Cranbourne, and Information Technology study at BCOT. After David’s schooling in Oakley, Mary was employed as the senior clerk at the HSBC Overton branch until her retirement. She is a Link distributor after 30 years. I was born in Salisbury and educated at Bishop Wordsworth School and Cranfield University. To avoid conscription, I joined the Royal Engineers on a 12-year basis and was trained as a draughtsman at the School of Military Engineering.  I served in Austria, Germany, Italy and Yugoslavia. My first civilian job was as a draughtsman at the guided weapons division of BAC in Stevenage. After that I joined Rank Xerox as a Systems Analyst and was involved in setting up new branches throughout the UK and Europe. Then, with the same company, I moved to Australia for several years setting up branches in all states, Singapore, New Zealand and Malaysia. On returning to the UK I joined Blue Circle Industries as an Organisation & Methods Consultant specialising in the introduction of the, then new, personal computers. This involved working across the UK and East/West Africa. Blue Circle was taken over by a French company and the Aldermaston Head Office moved back to London. We decided to stay in Oakley and set up our own business, Oakley Micro, building and repairing personal computers for local residents and businesses. I was then contracted to become IT Director of a Venezuelan company importing and distributing aluminium across Europe. This involved travel across Europe and South America.

After retirement, I joined the council in late 2017 and have worked with our Parish Clerk in building and running a database for the council, both as a Councillor and as an associate. The highlights of our period in Oakley have been, the opening of Newfound Pavilion, winning best kept village award and seeing an Oakley resident elected Mayor of Basingstoke. More recently, the rebirth of the village pond. Hobbies include current affairs, railway modelling and cruising. 

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Alex Rowley became a Parish Council member in 2021

Contact: Telephone no: (01256) 224918

Responsibilities: Alex is a member of the Planning Committee.

Personal statement:  Alex is originally from Westhoughton in North West England. He moved around the UK a fair amount before moving to Oakley in July 2020 with his partner, also Alex - together they now run a shop in the village. Alex's background is in technology as both a software and infrastructure engineer for internet companies. He hopes to use this technology experience to help the community and improve digital inclusion. Alex has found an interest in planning after the large amount of planning research done prior to purchasing his home. He intends to build on and use this experience as a member of the planning committee.

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Richard Startin was co-opted as a Parish Council member in 2017

Contact: Telephone  no: (01256) 781904

Responsibilities: Richard is a member of the Finance, Publicity and Village Events and the Burial Ground and Churchyard Working Parties.

Personal statement: Richard is a qualified accountant and worked for an international office products company for 35 years in various senior financial roles before retiring in 2014.  He has lived in the village since 1981 with his wife Jenny. They have two grown up daughters both of whom attended Oakley Infant / Junior Schools.  The eldest daughter is married with two children and lives nearby in Overton.  Richard is a member of Adhoc and since retiring has joined Oakley Bowls Club.  He is also a keen supporter of Watford FC where he is a season ticket holder.

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If you are interested in becoming a Parish Councillor for Oakley and Deane Parish Council, you can view the Prospective Member's Information Pack for further information.