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.

Richard Smith - Vice Chairman

Richard was born in Englefield and has lived in Ufton since 1972. He joined the council in 2009 after working on the Parish Plan. He is a freelance author on transport and logistics. Having served in the T.A. since 1974 he retired in 2012 after a period serving with the Regular Army in various formation headquarters, including 4 years as the Deputy Joint Regional Liaison Officer responsible for the planning & provision of military support to civil authorities in emergencies. Richard is keen to ensure that the area retains its rural character with the minimum of new building, careful consideration of the impact of development on existing infra-structure and sensible restraints on traffic.

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. 

Councillor Keith Chopping - West Berks Representative


Keith has lived in the area since 1975. He became Councillor for Sulhamstead Ward in 2000, the Deputy Leader of the Conservatory Group in 2003, the Executive Member for Planning and Transport in 2005 and Chairman of West Berkshire Council in 2008/09. Keith is also a school governor for St Bartholemew's in Newbury.

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.


Stuart Stanley

Awaiting Bio