Meet the Council

Margaret Baxter - Chairman

Bio to come

Ivan Wise

Ivan comes from one of the oldest families in the parish and has lived here since 1951, being born in Hollybush Lane.  He has been in the motor trade for most of his life and currently runs a family business with his son, JCMotorwise Ltd, which is located on the A4 Bath Road.  Ivan is married to Julia and they have two children.  Ivan joined the council in 2009.

Roger Ashfield

Roger has lived in both Ufton Nervet & Sulhamstead since 1951. He is retired, with a background in Mechanical Engineering, Quality Control and Safety & Environmental Managment. He has served on the council since 2000 and has strong feelings regarding fly tipping, litter and gravel extraction in the Parish and is supportive of environmental issues. Roger is married with two children, two grandchildren and enjoys gardening, DIY and motorcycling.

Fiona Jones


Fiona moved to Ufton Nervet with her husband in 1999.  After 28 years in the food industry she has recently started a business called Berkshire Lifestyle Concierge.  

Fiona's 2 boys attend local schools, so she chairs the PTA at the Willink and is involved with Burghfield Scouts.  She loves the countryside she lives in and would like to see it preserved for generations to come.


Rosemary Sanders-Rose OBE

A resident for over 40 years Rosemary has served as a councillor at Parish, District and County levels. She was Parish Chairman for several years, District Chairman in 1985 and then Leader and has wide local government experience.

A non executive Director of Sovereign Housing association for 12 years she also chaired its largest subsidiary of some 15,000 properties throughout southern England.

A school governor of a variety of schools over 35 years and chairman of several; she currently serves on one local and one national specialist school.

A committee member of the local branch of The Royal British Legion, Macmillan Cancer Care and the Women’s Institute among other interests.

Made OBE in 1994 for political and public service.

Teresa Sosna

Teresa moved to Sulhamstead Abbots in 1997 and has two daughters who both go to local schools in the Parish. She set up a Design Consultancy Partnership with her husband Martin in 2001 based from home and started the SUN Business Group for local businesses in 2007. She has served on the council since 2007 and is concerned with local issues such as Fly Tipping and Litter and wants to try to maintain the beauty of the parish as much as possible.

Image of Elle Gibbons Elle Gibbons - Clerk



Elle has lived in the area since 2013. After 6 years in Marketing, she has taken a more relaxed role to focus on looking after her young family. Elle is keen for the local area to maintain its nature and beauty, as she enjoys being able to leave her front door and head straight into a countryside walk. 

(Currently on maternity leave)

Diane Woodward


Diane has lived in the parish of Sulhamstead for 20 years having moved here with her husband and 2 small children in 1999. Both of her children attended the local schools.
She has strived to be an active member of the community and, for 18 years, worked at the local secondary school, using her commercial  computing expertise. Diane believes in the keeping of a “village” environment and although not adversed to housing, believes it needs to be affordable and in keeping with the area. 

Tina Harris


Tina moved to the parish in 2004 and her now grown up girls attended local schools.  She works with businesses designing and delivering learning solutions.Tina loves walking her new puppy in the countryside, cycling along the canal with friends and most of all chocolate and wine though not necessarily all together!


Clerk (Maternity Cover)

Liz Penston



Elizabeth moved to the parish in 1998 and her children attended local schools.  She has played an active role in the community since moving here and is still an Explorer leader after many years service with Burghfield and Sulhamstead Scout Group.  She loves taking walks in the surrounding countryside and is keen to see it maintained for future generations.


Peter Prewer

Awaiting biography

Ross Mackinnon

Awaiting biography












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