Our Councillors


Ian Parsons - 01491 672312 (Chairman)
Ian joined the council in 2013, having moved into Upper Basildon in 2007. Ian, now retired from teaching in a number of local secondary schools, is involved in the production of the Country Neighbour. His interests include old motorcycles, local history and walking.


Sarah Barnes - 01491 671978

Sarah moved to Lower Basildon in February 2007 from Esher and joined the council in 2011. She is currently working in Contact Centre IT as a project manager. She has a keen interest in the countryside is a qualified bee keeper having attended many courses at BCA. Her hobbies include horse riding and watching West Ham. She is known to attend the odd quiz and is an avid cinema goer. She loves living in Lower Basildon and helping out where possible.


Geoff Couchman - 01491 672412

Geoff joined the council in 2013 after moving from Bristol to Upper Basildon. He is married with 2 children and four grandchildren. He is interested in travel and most sports, playing regularly at Goring & Streatley Golf Club. He is also a member of Goring Gap Rowing Club. He is retired now but previously worked as a UK sales director for a footsie 100 company.


Elaine Cox - 01491 671532

Elaine joined the council in 2012. She lives in Bethesda Street and her main interest is the preservation of the rural nature of the village. Basildon lies in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and she is keen to retain green verges, spacious gardens, hedges as boundaries, gravel as driveways, and to reduce intrusive exterior lighting. She also helps the parish council occasionally with some public rights of way matters, as her job is with the countryside section of West Berkshire council. She qualified as a geologist, and her other main interest is music (violin) and church choral singing in all its aspects.


Halina Czajka

Halina, an interpreter and retired teacher of modern and classical languages, has lived in Upper Basildon since 2014. She is one of the editors of The Country Neighbour and has many interests including art history, the theatre and reading. She also enjoys walking in the countryside.


David Jones - 01491 671060

David moved to Upper Basildon in July 2015 and was co-opted onto the Parish Council in August 2016. His work life consists of being on the board of a national food retailer. He spends his leisure time in the world of horse racing where he is a steward officiating at Epsom, Brighton, Kempton Park and Ascot.


Natalie Weekes

Natalie was co-opted onto the council in 2005. She is involved in the Rights of Way group, provides feedback on the views of residents in Lower Basildon and has carried out a variety of tasks since 2002, is married and has worked in licensed retail, financial services and currently as an assessments manager for an awarding body. She is an ex-potholer but now enjoys mountain biking, Pilates, walking and raising her children.