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Brief Biography of Council Members

Fred Maroudas - Chair

Fred Maroudas

Fred was born across the river in Reading and has lived in Shiplake with his wife Vanessa for eight years. Although he spent many years in London, he is a lifelong (and therefore lifelong-suffering) Reading fan and is delighted to be able to live back close to his roots.

Fred is a solicitor by profession and currently works in the railway industry as CFO for Eversholt Rail. He has spent the last twenty years working in both public and private sectors to develop and finance Britain’s national infrastructure, first as a lawyer and more recently as a finance specialist in HM Treasury, Network Rail and Heathrow. He is a Board member of a number of public sector and voluntary organisations including Local Partnerships, whose role is to assist local Government and communities deliver improved public services, and the Green Investment Bank. Fred believes strongly that a strong local community is the cornerstone of a successful society and very much enjoys playing whatever part he can.

Fred is a terrible but enthusiastic golfer and occasional cricketer, skier and walker; and enjoys theatre and the arts.

David Pheasant - Vice Chair

David PheasantDavid has lived in Shiplake for more than 10 years and has known the villages for many more years since meeting his wife Vivien, who lived in Henley. One of their daughters also lives in the village with her family.  For the past 30 years he has been a director of international technology and software companies working in Europe, America and Asia. David is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and Chartered Member of the British Computer Society.

He joined the Parish Council in 2011 wanting to contribute to the good work of the Council in ensuring the villages retain their character, community and rural nature as places for all ages to live. His involvement for the Council is focused on: planning issues, the Shiplake Villages Plan, newsletter and the new website.

Richard Curtis

Richard Curtis Richard Curtis is a long­serving staff member of Shiplake College (now in his 10th year) and has recently been appointed Assistant Head with a specific responsibility for the school’s Sixth Form. Richard is also a boarding housemaster and lives in accommodation connected to the Upper Sixth house with his wife, Rosie, and their two boys, Jack and Billy; both attend Shiplake Primary School. He also the proud owner of two very friendly white Staffordshire Bull Terriers called Jessie and Pepsi with whom he can often be seen admiring the sunrises over the river whilst walking the tow path in the early hours of the morning. Richard has 29 years of teaching experience behind him and has fulfilled a variety of academic and pastoral roles at Shiplake and formerly Framlingham College in Suffolk. These include Director of Sport and Head of Mathematics. In addition to his teaching and Housemaster duties, Richard is a valued sports coach, specialising in rugby and hockey. He is also an ardent cricketer and relishes the opportunity of spending a day or two at Lords during the summer holidays

Roger B. Head

Roger HeadRoger has lived in Binfield Heath all his life and is the third generation of his family to do so.  He has taken an active role in the community from early age and has been a Parish Councillor for over thirty years, including a period as the Chairman.  Roger is also an active member of the local branch of the Royal  British Legion and he currently represents both the Parish Council and the British Legion on the Memorial Hall Management Committee.

Ann Manning

Ann ManningAnn moved to Lower Shiplake in 1989 and loves the area. She is a professional businesswoman with over 35 years' experience in the Insurance Broking Industry and started Manning UK based in Henley-on-Thames in 1984 to provide a professional, competitive and "easy-to-do-business-with" service to clients however large or small whether face to face or by correspondence - this is a philosophy that still applies some 33 years later.

Ann is confident at public speaking and is able to articulate and interpret people’s views. She is a good debater, a very traditional woman who believes in mutual respect for all. She is proud to be a Freeman of the City of London and Liveryman of The Worshipful Company of Insurers.

She has served on all types of Committees for a number of years. She was a member of Rotaract and became President in 1979. She is a member of the Chartered Insurance Institute and has served terms of office on the Committee of the Reading Institute. In 1988 she became a Magistrate serving the Berkshire Bench with all that entails and was also a serving member of the Magistrates’ Courts Committee.

Ann is also heavily involved with the young and “not so young” in the local area and sponsors The Woodley Festival of Music and Arts which encourages young people to develop their speech, acting ability and musical talent. ‘It is a pleasure to hear and see young people partaking in the Festival and to hear proper diction!’

For hobbies, she has many things that she enjoys; badminton, theatre, polo, entertaining and anything connected with water. After many years of hiring a canal boat she now has her own which she enjoys whenever she can. She has two long term ambitions to have a picture included in the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts and eventually open an etiquette school.

Chris Penrose

Chris PenroseOriginally from the North East, Chris has lived in the Henley area since 1994, and in Shiplake since 2000.  

Chris is one of the founder/owners of Abingdon-based Prosper21, an international marketing consultancy working with large corporations and their brands to help them develop and execute strategy better. He’s consulted for such firms as Shell, Beiersdorf, GSK, Essity, and Nestle. He spent his early career in marketing for Procter & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson in Europe and USA. 

Chris’ wife is the jeweller Wendy Penrose and their garden studio is a regular venue in the annual Henley Arts Trail, where their two children also exhibit their artwork and Chris gets to shows off his latest garden projects. 

Chris is keen to help Shiplake evolve, sensitive to the needs of residents and businesses, whilst maintaining its rural distinctiveness and as a great place to live and work.

Joanne Stone

Waiting ImageOriginally from the West Country, and after brief spells in Wales and London to gain her degrees Joanne and her husband Max moved to Caversham in the 90’s and finally to Shiplake in 2005.

After working for the National Rivers Authority and then the Environment Agency, involved largely with the protection of the aquatic environment and river water quality, Joanne is currently primarily a stay-at-home mum. Joanne is keen to protect the rural nature of the Shiplake area and to try to contribute to the strong local community that Shiplake has and which make it a great place to live.

A keen family historian and nature watcher, Joanne also helps her husband with his honey bees, which he has kept in Shiplake for the last 10 years.

Roger V Hudson - Parish Clerk

Roger Hudson

Roger married Gilly in 1987 and they have had two homes in Shiplake spanning some 20 years. They love the truly village feel, community spirit and have made some wonderful friends. They currently live in Henley but maintain strong links through friends and the Council Role.

They are both active committee members of Henley Golf Club and their other main hobby is boating .

Following early retirement, Roger set up his own marketing consultancy G8 consulting in 2002. Prior to that he worked for Eli Lilly & Co Ltd., a premier US pharmaceutical organisation, for over 32 years. In that time he held a variety of positions at  senior management level in the UK marketing,sales and HR functions.

David Bartholomew - OCC Councillor, SODC Councillor, Sonning Common Division

David BartholomewDavid Bartholomew was elected as Oxfordshire County Councillor for the Sonning Common Division in May 2013 and as South Oxfordshire District Councillor for the Sonning Common Division in May 2019. The Division comprises nine parishes, of which Shiplake is one of the largest.

David has lived in Shiplake with his wife for over 20 years, and his three boys grew up here. He has a marketing company based in Henley.

Protecting the quality of life enjoyed by South Oxfordshire residents is high on the list of David's priorities. Away from politics and work, David is a passionate cyclist and indoor rower.

Leigh Rawlins - SODC Councillor, Sonning Common Division

Leigh Rawlins

Leigh Rawlins was elected as a South Oxfordshire District Councillor for the Sonning Common Ward in May 2019. The Division comprises five parishes, of which Shiplake is the second largest.
Leigh has lived in Sonning Common with his wife for some 18 years. Leigh is a qualified accountant and has enjoyed an extensive business career holding a range of senior roles, including MD.
Amongst Leigh’s priorities is protecting the rural character of South Oxfordshire and its communities – including coherent planning for the future. Outside of weekdays Leigh enjoys a wide range of interests and activities.



Special Responsibility



Fred Maroudas Chair 07771 832196 chair@shiplakepc.com
David Pheasant Deputy Chair; SNP & Website 0118 940 2536 dpheasant@shiplakepc.com
Richard Curtis Playgrounds & Primary School 0118 940 5252 rcurtis@shiplakepc.com
Roger Head AONB & Highways 01491 575676 rhead@shiplakepc.com
Ann Manning Memorial Hall 07850 392120 amanning@shiplakepc.com
Chris Penrose Planning & Finance 0118 940 6403
07553 367137
Joanne Stone Finance 0118 940 6665 jstone@shiplakepc.com
David Bartholomew OCC & SODC 07769 808773 david.bartholomew@oxfordshire.gov.uk
Leigh Rawlins SODC 0118 9722565 Leigh.Rawlins@southoxon.gov.uk
Roger Hudson Clerk to the Parish Council 07809 829628
01491 577654