Who’s Who on the Parish Council
There has been a request for information about members of Tackley Parish Council and it is hoped that the following will be useful to residents, both those who have lived here for some time and newcomers.
June Collier (Chairman) -
I think most parishioners know me as I've been a member of TPC since the 90's. I work the early shift in our shop on Thursday morning; however, I am probably better known for owning the famous "Dazzle" and driving her through the village in our carriage! I am a local girl who has been associated with the village since 1960, living in the village for 30 years and before that on one of the outlying farms. I retired from my professional life in 2000 and since then my home has become the "village spare room". Along with George, I run the B&B in Nethercote Rd. Someone asked me when I stood for election the first time what qualifications I had to be a councillor. My reply was I have an "A level in Local Knowledge" and a "Degree in Common Sense". I feel akin to the ice cream man, people stop me in the street, normally to chat, ask me for information, to do something, or just to have a good moan! I'll always help if I can.
Paul Joslin (Vice Chairman) -
Elected councillor for 18 years. Retired Chartered Surveyor and Member of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Partner in local property consultants Carter Jonas. Past President of Oxford North Rotary Club. Resident in Tackley for 37 years. Member of Tackley Golf Society; village shop volunteer; fund raising auctioneer, Pantomime Dame and grumpy grandad.
Robin Gibbons -
Robin is a Catholic priest looking after Arab Christians in the UK. He is an academic in the University, belonging to the Faculty of Theology and Religion, and works for the Department of Continuing Education as their Director of Theology. He is also director of their main Summer Schools for Adults. He is an Honourary Ecumenical Canon of Christchurch, Oxford. Robin enjoys History, Art, Architecture etc (achieving a PhD in Architecture), is very involved with artists and is a singer in church. He has lived in Tackley (with variations) for 20 years, a good customer of the Gardiner Arms, he is a Yorkshireman with French blood who loves Cornwall, the sea and all things country wise.
Les Summers -
After service in the Royal Navy Les Summers was a teacher for 30 years, latterly involved with research into difficult children. He was also a teacher’s professional association case officer. Since retiring he has devoted himself to writing. He is an internationally known author of railway books and magazine articles, a former officer of the Great Western Society and was for six years, editor and designer of the society’s magazine. He has been a member of the village hall committee for 15 years and, living in Tackley, can be seen any day of the week, in the company of a black and silver dog.
Katy Layton Jones -
Katy has lived in Tackley since 2015 and has been a Parish Councillor since Spring 2017. Having grown up in South Manchester, she lived in London, Liverpool and Cambridge before moving to Oxfordshire. She is a historian and consultant on public green space, in her day job lecturing for the Open University; she advises Historic England and The Gardens Trust. She is particularly focused on green space management within the village and the new housing developments. Katy is also the Parish Council’s representative on the airport’s consultative committee.
Liz Marshall -
Liz has lived in the village, with husband Rob, since 2007 and they now have two boys in the village school. Liz was very much involved with the playground project as treasurer and has been on the school PTA as treasurer for five years. She is also very involved with the village Scout Group being a Beaver Leader and assistant Group Scout Leader. She was asked to join the Parish Council, when there was a vacancy in 2015, due to the need for representation of the families with young children in the village.
Andrew Lines -
Andrew grew up down the road in Stonesfield and has lived and worked in Cardiff and London. He now resides up the North end of Rousham Road and has lived in the village since 2011. He has 2 children and 3 step children; next year all five will be in the primary school (best of luck to the head teacher!). A regular user of the railway station, he is a management consultant who has worked for organisations like Oxford City College, Goldman Sachs and Saatchi & Saatchi. He was on the committee for the playground redevelopment, and he has a passion for sailing and is an active member of West Oxfordshire Sailing Club. Currently he is working with the Tackley Local History Group to organise the display of the mosaic.
Parish Council Clerk: Mrs Janette Read -
Janette Read (Jan) has lived in Tackley for thirty years, the longest that she has ever lived in one place as her parents were in the RAF, and the family moved every three years. She is a retired primary school and SEN teacher. Jan has also served on the PCC of St Nicholas Church. She is married to Peter, the church organist and has two grown-