Parish Councillors

Gordon Rogers – Chairman

Gordon Rogers

Communications, including monthly news for The Bridge, Media relations, Neighbourhood Plan communication, Website content.

Gordon is a retired broadcast and newspaper journalist.  He lives at Bradgate in High Street with his wife Maggie.  They have lived in Long Wittenham for 25 years, originally in Fieldside and for the last ten years in High Street.  Gordon began his career in evening newspapers in Milton Keynes and Northampton before moving to join BBC Radio Oxford. He was a reporter, producer and newsreader, mainly at Oxford but interspersed with stints in regional television in London, Birmingham and Norwich.  On leaving the BBC Gordon worked as a freelance for trade magazines. In 2000 he returned to newspaper journalism, working for the Oxford Mail and Times and the Abingdon Herald.  He likes walking, reading history and classical works, music (seriously lapsed pianist) and visiting good pubs.

Gordon can be contacted at or on either 407234 or 07946 686223

Martin Elliff – Vice Chairman

Martin Elliff

Village website administration, Data Protection Officer, Village Twitter account, Village Hall Committee.

Martin and his wife Liz moved to Long Wittenham in January 2015 from Twickenham in West London.  They live at The Old Stables on Fieldside.  Martin is a self-employed I.T. Trainer, having had a career in I.T. for over forty years.  His interests include music, family history and growing fruit and vegetables.

Martin can be contacted at

Steve Brown

Steve Brown

Community Hub Development.

Steve and his wife Claire have lived in the village since 1982, bringing up three sons.  He is a retired Chartered Engineer having worked mainly for local councils on roads, bridges and transport.  He has worked for Oxfordshire County Council, Oxford City and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead where he was Head of the Highways and Engineering Department.  Steve was co-opted as a parish councillor in late 2014 and took over the Chair after the local elections in May 2015.  He stood down from the chair in April 2017 to concentrate on delivering the Community Hub for the village.  He helped establish the Good Neighbours Group which started in May 2014.  In his spare time, Steve enjoys gardening, DIY and travel.

Steve can be contacted at

Peter Rose

Peter Rose

Chairman Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group.

Peter and his wife, Janet, moved to Long Wittenham in November 2011, having lived in Benson for the last 30 years. He has been a GP at the Benson Surgery for 31 years and in addition works in the Department of Primary Health Care Sciences at the University of Oxford, undertaking research into the diagnosis and management of cancer.  He has never been a Parish Councillor but in the past has been a governor of 2 schools and is a trustee of Mill Stream day centre in Benson.

Peter plays tennis, goes jogging and enjoys growing vegetables

Peter can be contacted at

Sally Duff

Sally Duff

Sally Duff

Village events co-ordinator.

Sally is married with three grown up children and moved to the village in 2000. She spent eight years as secretary at Long Wittenham Primary School, having worked for a local authority before that.  She is now retired.  She co-founded the Wittenham Warriors and entered the first team from LW into Dragon Boat racing, now a yearly event, together with Bonfire Night and Apple Day.  She is the administrator of the Wittenham Events messaging service.  Sally keeps busy with various activities: pilates, upholstery, Nordic walking, badminton, sewing, Strambling (walks based around having lunch at a pub) and is the co-ordinator for the monthly cake/sandwich collection for the Gatehouse homeless centre in Oxford.

Sally can be contacted at

Liz Yuille

Liz Yuille

Liz has lived in Long Wittenham since 2015.  Having had a career in insurance broking and financial crime management, she now runs an online paper crafting business from her home and delivers crafting courses locally.  She belongs to the WI, the History Group, the Friends of St Mary’s and the Abingdon Flower Club.

Liz can be contacted at