People

Robert Vickers

Campaigner for Whitley Ward

Robert has lived in Reading for 50 years and ran his own construction business. He has also served as a trade union representative.

Robert has a keen interest in local issues, and wants to see anti-social behaviour tackled in the area.

Richard Somner

Councillor - Tilehurst South and Holybrook Ward

Richard Somner has lived in the Tilehurst and Calcot area for over 50 years. He has worked for the NHS for 11 years and is Lead Contracts Manager for The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust in Reading. Richard also works part-time for Sainsburys in Calcot.

Joanne Stewart

Councillor - Tilehurst Birch Copse Ward

Joanne Stewart has lived in the Tilehurst and Calcot area for over 20 years and works in Reading as an Outsource Relationship Manager.

Rick Jones

Councillor - Tilehurst and Purley Ward

Rick has lived in Purley for 30 years and brought up his family here. He is, a member of the Parish Council and chaired the Council for 9 years, stepping down in 2015 when elected as a District Councillor for West Berkshire.

Gareth Hurley

Councillor - Pangbourne, Tidmarsh & Sulham Ward

Gareth has lived in Pangbourne for the past 13 years and has been active in the community all that time. He was the treasurer of Pangbourne Resident Association and recently became Vice-Chair of the Pangbourne parish Council.

Tom Marino -

Councillor - Tilehurst and Purley Ward

Tom has lived in Purley for 21 years and has grown up in the area. He has been a Tilehurst Parish Councillor since 2017 and currently works as a Parliamentary caseworker for our local Member of Parliament, Alok Sharma.

Andy Williamson

Councillor - Tilehurst and Purley Ward

Andy has lived in Purley for past 18 years. He was a member of the SEBEV Search and Rescue team helping out during the floods of 2002/3 he was the Chairman of 1st Purley and Pangbourne Scout Group and more recently is the Chairman of Scouting over the whole Purley area including Tilehurst.

Alex Traves - 2019 Candidate for Theale

Alex Traves lives in West Berkshire and currently works for Shell as a marketing manager. In his spare time he serves as a magistrate, and volunteers at The Connection at St Martin’s, where he helps to provide meals to the homeless

Dipika Upadhyay

Campaigner for Southcote Ward

Dipika has lived in Southcote for 4 years and was the founder of a local business. She has previously worked on campaigns for healthy living and driving safely as she worked to raise awareness on speed limits in Southcote.