Councillors

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Dominic Barnes

Dominic moved to Marlow in 1978 and has lived in Marlow Bottom for 18 years. He is married to Jo and has three children who all attended Saint Mary Pre School and Burford School. He was also a Governor for Burford School for seven years. He has worked in the telecommunications industry for over 25 years. In July 2010, Dominic was elected to Wycombe District Council as District Councillor for the Greater Marlow ward, which includes Marlow Bottom. In May 2015 he was elected Deputy Leader of Wycombe District Council. Dominic was elected to the Parish Council in 2011 and re-elected in 2015. He is involved in Local voluntary and community activates and is former Chairman of Marlow Round Table.

Jason Batten

Jason has lived in Marlow Bottom for 14 years and is married to Angela. He has two teenage daughters who both attended Burford School. After a successful career in the telecommunications industry, Jason decided on a change of direction, developing a 15 year career in data based marketing. Jason has become a serial entrepreneur and has created, brought and sold a number of businesses and is now an active Angel Investor, property developer and is an executive Director of Platform Black. Outside of the business environment Jason enjoys participation in motor sport, snowboarding, Rebellion beer and family life. In addition to being a Parish Councillor, Jason is a school governor, chairman of a charity and joint organiser of Rock Bottom and the Marlow Bottom Firework display.

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Jennie Browning (Vice Chairman)

Jennie has lived in Marlow Bottom since her marriage in 2001 and loves it here. She quickly joined the Marlow Bottom Valley Residents Association and has been an active committee member ever since, getting involved with bulb planting at the entrance to the Valley and also with the sculpture celebrating Sir Steve Redgrave’s achievements, amongst other projects. Jennie joined the Parish Council in 2005 and is one of the original councillors from when Marlow Bottom Parish Council was constituted in 2007. She was also a very active member of GASP, a group formed to campaign against the proposals for a stadium to be built on Wycombe Air Park at Booker. As you can tell, the campaign was successful! Jennie works nearly full time for a company in Bicester and also as a volunteer usher at Wycombe Swan Theatre. She wants to do all she can to keep Marlow Bottom a beautiful, safe and happy place to live. It is the first place she has lived where she cared enough about the community to want to get involved.

Mark Harris (Chairman)

Mark Harris has lived in the Marlow area since 1985 and in Marlow Bottom since 1997. He is married with two children and has been involved in Valley activities for much of the time he has lived here, including volunteering on the Playing Field Committee and helping organise the late lamented Rose Carnival. Mark was elected to the Parish Council in 2011 and re-elected in 2015. He has been Vice Chairman of the Parish Council since May 2014. As well as the general duties of a Councillor, his work for the Parish Council focusses on our relationship with the Marlow & District Chamber of Commerce and on ensuring the Parish Council communicates effectively with parishioners. He is currently Chairman of the Lighting Committee and also sits on the Finance Committee. For his day job, Mark runs his own business consultancy, and he also works for the Police and Crime Commissioner as Deputy Chairman of his Complaints Ethics and Integrity Panel.  In May 2015 Mark was elected to Wycombe District Council as District Councillor for the Greater Marlow ward, which includes Marlow Bottom. Mark devotes much time to charitable work, being Chairman of Wycombe Youth Action as well as giving time on a voluntary basis to The Princes Trust, Thames Valley Police, Bucks New University and others.

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David Lawrence

During the day, David works in marketing for an American software company. At weekends he is a keen DIY’er and has spent much time and effort on improving his home, since moving in to the village in 2002. David’s interest in getting involved in the community started when he joined the Playing Fields Committee, a key community asset, as a parent of then younger children. Being part of the team that refurbished the playing fields was a most satisfying experience and led to his wanting to get further involved in the community. He has been a Parish Councillor since 2011 and was Chairman for three years from 2014 – 2017. He is committed to ensuring that the village continues to be a pleasant and enjoyable space and continues to look for ways to improve the place in which local people live, work and play. If you see David around the village then please feel free to come and say Hi – he is always happy to listen to any comments, concerns or points of view!

Richard Moss

Richard has lived in Marlow Bottom for 14 years. Both of his sons went to Burford School during which time he was first a member and then the Chair of Friends of Burford PTA. He was heavily involved in the Rose Carnival, helps to run Marlow Bottom Fireworks and is co-founder of The Rock Bottom charity music festival. Richard has been a Parish Councillor since May 2015 and supports anything which helps to maintain the Valley as a green and safe place to live, with facilities and events to serve all age groups. He says that the Parish Council needs to deliver value for money and constantly look at ways to improve Marlow Bottom in any way that it can.

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Rachel Robinson

Rachel has lived in Marlow Bottom since 1997 and she is a mother of three boys, Sam Benjamin and Josh. She is married to Stephen who owns a local business in High Wycombe. Rachel currently works as a teaching assistant in Burford School. She is also a volunteer with the Scouts in the Marlow area and both fosters and socialises hearing dogs for the deaf – she recently achieved the status of ‘speaker’. The rest of her spare time is taken up with her children, reading and painting. Rachel has been a parish councillor since 2010 and was chairman for three years (2011 to 2013).

John Symmons

This is John’s second stint as a Parish Councillor. The reason he became one is that he likes to know what is going on in the Valley and to add an input where possible. He recognises how important it is to be there when the decisions are being made. John has lived in the Valley since 1968, so he has seen a few changes and decisions made. Now retired, he likes to do more such as being involved with in NHW and is also a MBVRA member.

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