Biographies for members of the neighbourhood Steering Group
Graham Sewell is Senior Purchasing Manager for a global healthcare company and holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Sussex. Originally from Norfolk, Graham has spent time living in Canada, Australia and Germany before settling in Charvil 15 years ago. Married with two children, who attend Charvil Piggott Primary and Reading School, Graham enjoys climbing, photography and cycling. Graham co-founded Charvil Beavers in 2014, which has subsequently expanded to Cubs and Scouts and continues to be heavily subscribed. As a keen walker and runner who appreciates the beautiful local countryside, he can frequently be spotted on the streets and surrounding trails and paths of our village.
Rob Jones – Vice Chair
Rob moved to the area in 2004 for work living in Twyford, then in Charvil on East Park Farm before moving north of the A4 on to Park View Drive North in 2014. He is married to Julie who is a Lecturer in Midwifery. They have two teenage sons who attended the Polehampton Schools in Twyford before going on to The Piggott School at Wargrave. The family is completed by their dog Honey who will be known to many at St Patrick’s Rec.
Duncan Macgregor has lived in Charvil since 1991 and is a semi-retired geologist. This and an earlier background in geography has led him to take an interest in this plan, with a particular responsibility for the website and for mapping.
Claire Andersen – Chair
I moved to Charvil 10 years ago to be with my now husband, Barry. Initially I found it a curious place as there did not seem to be a centre or heart to the village.
It is only since I left work in September 2019, after 41 years of working in the NHS mental health services that I have begun to meet more local people and get more involved. Given my area of work, it will not come as a surprise that I am interested in people’s well-being. Particularly since Covid and the impact this has had on isolation and loneliness. I am also a keen lover of nature and the countryside and how paramount this is to people’s mental health.
As chair, I hope I can be good enough and as a village we develop a meaningful and robust Neighbourhood Plan. I hope lots of people get involved.
Miranda Parker – Secretary
I have spent most of my life in the area, moving to the north side of Charvil in 1995, and to the south (just) of the A4 in 2007. I am married to George, who for many years worked at Hare Hatch Sheeplands, and have four teenage/young adult sons who attend, or have attended, schools locally. I have been Parish Clerk since 2010. It has long been clear to me that Charvil is somewhat of a “dormitory village”, and as such, has little by way of amenities in relation to its population, and I see this plan is a chance to redress that.
Hi, I am Mike Heath and I have been a Parish councillor for Charvil since last year, having retired from an industrialist career. Undoubtedly the Neighbourhood Plan is a particularly important planning document and I aim to bring relevant skills to help in its completion in a timely manner.
Ann Berne was born in the USA and holds postgraduate degrees in biochemistry and Anthropology. She also holds a Diploma in Planning and a City and Guilds in Print Production and Design. She is married and has lived in Charvil for 20 years. She was an academic Physics publisher and has worked as a journalist and copywriter. She was Chair of the Charvil Village Society and Local Correspondent for the READING CHRONICLE.
Jane chairs the Planning, Environment and Highways subcommittee of Charvil Parish Council and is working to engage a wide range of residents in developing the Neighbourhood plan. She is specifically interested in making sure any developments are sustainable and ecologically based.
For many years I have had close links with my local community having spent 33 years as a GP, 17 of those as a single-hander. I set up my own practice, requiring liaison with local authorities, managing a building project, then running all aspects of the practice, both clinical and managerial myself. More recently I was a GP partner in the Wargrave practice. After retirement, I was appointed chair of Governors for a brand-new Free school, which I helped set up from the earliest planning stage, working with the Department for Education and the Head teacher to develop a school which had “good” Ofsted evaluations in the 5 years whilst I was in post.
Now living on the East Park Farm development, I’ve been a CPC councillor since 2018 and on both the Amenities and Staffing Committees. I am keen on improving communication with residents and want to help shape our community into one which is inclusive and desirable to live in, whilst respecting and enhancing our natural environment. I also belong to “Adopt a street” and “Charvil Matters” and regularly litter-pick in the area.
I have lived in Waingels Road, Charvil for the past 35 years, and have an ‘Oil & Gas’ Business Development background. I was elected to the Parish Council in 1992 and have participated on most council committees since that time. I am currently in my second term as Chairman and have a keen interest in ensuring that whatever development happens in Charvil is undertaken with a clear understanding of the needs and wishes of the residents. As a council we do not have full control of that development, but we do have strong ‘influence’ over it. We need to use that influence to ensure that Charvil receives maximum benefit to the residents.