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 gordon.rogers@longwittenham.com or on either 407234 or 07946 686223

Martin Elliff – Vice Chairman

Martin Elliff

Village website administration, 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 martin.elliff@longwittenham.com.

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 steve.brown@longwittenham.com.

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 peter.rose@longwittenham.com.

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 sally.duff@longwittenham.com.

Iain McRitchie

Iain McRitchie

Transport Issues

Iain and his wife Christine have lived in Westfield Road, Long Wittenham since 1999, with their four, now teenage, children and his spaniel.  Iain is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, working in a range of senior roles for many years before setting up Earthwise Products Ltd in 2012, a small Engineering company.  In 2016 Iain and Christine purchased Sharps Yard, by the Bodkins field, to home their businesses.  As well as Earthwise Products Ltd, Earthwise Trading Ltd, established 2004, a wholesaler and retailer of reusable products moved there in 2016 and Earthwise Electrical, a Napit authorised full service Electrical Contractor was started in 2017.  Iain has previously acted as Treasurer for Long Wittenham PCC, and has also volunteered as an Oxford Business Mentor for many years.  Iain enjoys walking his dog and fishing.

Iain can be contacted at iain.mcritchie@zen.co.uk.