Councillors & Clerk

The Parish Clerk and Financial Officer


Gill is highly experienced and well qualified parish clerk who told the Councillors, “I have been clerking for over a decade now. Whilst most people actively try to avoid Planning Applications and grass mowing contracts, my heart flutters when a new one lands on my desk and needs to be dealt with. I believe that I am open, friendly and flexible in my approach to work and in life in general. I have lived in a small village named Napton on the Hill, near Southam, for twenty years and have been the Parish Clerk there since 2002. In 2014, I also became the Clerk for a village called Ilmington, because I really can’t get enough of that Parish paperwork. One of my career highlights has to be the removal of a rogue sheep that began to terrorise the villagers in Napton. Luckily, I knew who to call and the situation diffused before anyone heard one baa too far.”

In addition, I have also worked for a Land Agents and property developers, Land Securities and for Midland Private Banking. (HSBC)I absolutely love working within a close community and am so enthusiastic to get to know the residents of Beaudesert and Henley in Arden and their local businesses.

Tel: 01564 795499

Representing the Parish of Henley in Arden

RAY EVANS (Chairman)

Responsibilities: Management of Council, serving Finance Sub-Committee and Tourism Working Party.

Retired after fifty years in the Electrical Power Industry, moved from Birmingham to Henley in Arden, twenty-three years ago. Long-time member of Henley in Arden Drama Society, active as an actor, writer and director, Affearor and Ale Taster Henley Court Leet, Father Christmas for Henley Fire Service, founder of Henley ISPA Book Fair. Taking an active role in the publication of the new JPC website in order to provide a transparent account of all the Council’s activities. Role as Chairman is to bring worthwhile decisions on spending for the community to fruition and insist that every parishioner in Henley, is acquainted with where every penny is gained and spent.

Tel: 01564 637 607


Responsibilities: Serving on the Planning Sub-Committee, Finance Sub-Committee, Maintenance & Emergency Planning Working Party, Tourism Working Party and Plastic Free Henley.

I was born in Stratford, educated at the Croft and Stratford Grammar School for Girls and Birmingham College of Art. I qualified as an Interior Designer in 1970 and practised in Birmingham. Time was taken out for marriage to Duncan, an architect, and two children. I worked in Edgbaston before setting up Arnold and Bainbridge Interiors with Sally Arnold in Warwick, where we were for 20 years. I moved into offices in Henley with Duncan 12 years ago and we now both work from home on the High street where we have lived for 49 years. I lived in the same house as a child!

I’ve been Involved with the community through HADS, Court Leet and Memorial Hall, the Jubilee Garden, Church and the HUB. I’ve organised Jazz in the Garden for many years.

Interests include all the Arts and Gardens/Gardening

I was very touched by my election onto the Parish Council and will endeavour to do my best for the community.

Tel: 01564794987


Responsibilities: Serving as Chairman on Planning Sub-Committee, member of Plastic Free Henley Group.

I joined the JPC in 2015 as I wanted to help plan any future developments to keep this wonderful community the friendly place it is. I am the current chair of the JPC Planning Sub Committee to consider all Planning applications. We have won several decisions for local residents where the SDC had recommended refusal and fought against un-wanted applications into our area.

My slogan is “ SPORT FOR ALL IN HENLEY”.

I am an active member of Henley Tennis Club, Ladbrook Golf Club a Trustee of the Henley War Memorial Trust, acting as the Finance Officer for the Sports Ground. I am a Juror of the Court Leet and take part in all their celebrations and finally I help run the Rural Cinema at the Memorial Hall.

I enjoy walking the lovely walks we have all around Henley, together with colleagues we have created the RIDGEMOUNT WALK at the top of the Mount which transcends the top ridge from the Jubilee Steps in Jubilee Park, try it sometime if you enjoy walking.

Tel: 07860 675 297


Responsibilities: Serving the Planning Sub-Committee and the Tourism Working Party.

I have lived in Henley for nearly eight years, I grew up in Warwickshire and was educated at Edgbaston High School.

I joined British Airways in 1973 and became a purser on long haul leaving to bring up my children.

I have always been involved with horses, having run two livery yards. I am now an international judge recently returning from Australia.

I am actively involved in other town groups which include the Finance Working Party for the HUB and Henley Library, I am a volunteer for the HUB and Henley Music Festival, joint administrator for the JPC Facebook, organiser for Henley Rural Cinema and assist with Henley in Bloom.

Tel: 07795 202747


Responsibilities: Serving on the Children’s Facilities Working Party, Maintenance & Emergency Planning Working Party and the Tourism Working Party.

I moved to Henley in 2009 after having lived in Mallorca. I run a small business helping young adults around the country with Learning Disabilities to find paid employment.

I am a Governor at Henley C of E Primary School, at which my daughter attends and my wife teaches, and I am on the Henley Music Festival Committee.

I went University in the USA to study politics and have continued that interest ever since.

During my time on the council, I want to help the JPC to become more involved in the whole of Henley life, and to respond to residents queries quickly and efficiently.

I live at 24 Prince Harry Road, if any resident needs to speak with me.

Tel: 07824 901833
01564 793158

Representing the Parish of Beaudesert

CHRIS DUFFIN (Vice Chairman)

Responsibilities: Serving on Children’s Facilities Working Party, Tourism Working Party and Plastic Free Henley Group.

I have lived in many parts of the UK as far South as Cornwall and as far North as Manchester where I was born. I have worked in the Tax Office, Managed a Holiday Village and been a Prison Governor for 20 years. After Strangeways, Dartmoor, Pentonville and other prisons I became the Assistant General Secretary for the Prison Governors Association. After retirement I worked for the National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders and did some research work for the Prison Reform Trust. As a Trustee of the Hub, I believe young people should be encouraged to be involved in their local community. I am one of the organisers of the new ISPA (Independent and Self-Published Authors) Book Fair which has its launch on the 17th November this year.

I look forward to serving on the Parish Council and carrying out the duties of Vice Chairman as well as I can.

Tel: 01564 794 987
07880 701 014


Responsibilities: Serving on the Planning Sub-Committee, Finance Sub-Committee, Children’s Facilities Working Party, Maintenance & Emergency Planning Working Party, Tourism Working Party and Allotments.

I moved to Henley some 18 years ago after running my own vehicle repair and coach company in the south of England which covered the UK and Europe for 30 years.

Unfortunately, I had to retire some years ago through disability which made a big difference to my life and the changes I had to make; I could see how it affected the lives of other disabled people.

I decided I wanted to help other people with their disabilities and became a member of the Bedfordshire Disability Forum which I was chairman of and served for two years, campaigning for disability rights and access.

I have served on the Parish Council previously for twelve years, four of them as Chairman, but in 2015 had to stand down due to family health problems.

During my time as Parish Councillor, I helped to keep the library in Henley, also I was able to get the lifts at Henley Station along with a new bridge, campaigning with the disability rights and access. I assisted in obtaining funds for the allotments to be redeveloped on the north side which was just open ground. creating twenty extra plots with new fencing, gates and running water.

Tel: 01564 792235


I moved to Henley in 2001 after living in the South of England. I am involved in many organisations in the town, which are

  • The Christmas Lights committee.
  • SCAN [Senior Citizens Action Network] committee.
  • The Evergreens committee.
  • The Neighbourhood committee
  • The Royal British Legion

For many years, I was involved with Henley-in-Bloom. In 2013, one of the years we were fortunate to win a silver gilt, I was proud to represent them on their behalf in receiving the award at the ceremony.

Henley is a wonderful and unique town with its two Parishes, I will endeavour to serve the residents of Beaudesert in which I was duly elected without contest on to the Joint Parish Council.

Tel 01564 792235


Responsibilities: Serving Finance Sub-Committee, Chairman of Tourism Working Party, Chairman of Children’s ’Facilities Working Party, serving on Plastic Free Henley Group.

I have lived in Henley for over 10 years and have worked here for 20 years. I am now the Head of School at Henley Church of England Primary School and have worked here since qualifying to become a teacher. I am fully committed to life in Henley and have endeavoured to support many local organisations by volunteering my time and services such as:

  • Chair for Henley in Arden Music Festival from 2017
  • Chair of the Annual Christmas Sleigh from December 2017 – This will now continue to be an annual event and will support local organisations from the funds it raises.

I strongly believe that these community events are important to the life of our town. I like encouraging all organisations in town to work together on projects like these as everyone benefits and our town becomes an even greater place to live!

In the spare time I have, I enjoy reading, swimming and spending time with my family.

Tel: 07887 567583