The purpose of the Steering Group is to oversee the implementation of the Thatcham Vision Parish Plan. This is being done by working with our ‘action group’ volunteers, other voluntary groups, the local community, local and national organisations, trusts and charities, Thatcham Town Council and West Berkshire Council.
Along with our Marketing Team, we identify and apply for sources of funding to support the actions and projects in the plan and we facilitate activities and events in the town to enhance the lives of those who live, work and visit here.
David Conquest (Chair)
David grew up in Thatcham, attending Kennet School and Sixth Form before graduating in Computer Science and then working in the software and Internet industry. Work has taken him to a variety of places including a few years living in London, Washington D.C. and Johannesburg. He has a background in product management and marketing applied to designing new online services and taking them to market, most recently as Marketing and Channel Director for a software start-up company.
David hopes to use his experience of developing and promoting services to help push Thatcham's potential both socially and economically. He has family in the town, has been the Marketing Officer for Thatcham Vision since 2013 and is also the Chairman of Thatcham Fairtrade.
Contact the chair via email (click here).
David Weller (Treasurer)
David was born in Reading and having worked as a dispensing technician at Bradley and Bliss in Reading for eight years he joined Berkshire County Council in 1970 and remained with them until they were abolished in March 1996 in the position of Principal Committee Secretary in charge of the Environment Section. He joined the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service as part-time Committee Manager in August 1996 and finally decided to hang up his pencil in February 2006 when he retired.
In 1987 David was seconded to the then Newbury District Council for two days a week and appointed as Assistant Trust Fund Manager to the Hungerford Tragedy Fund and spent the next three and half years as Clerk to the Trustees, visiting the families of those bereaved and injured, dealing with the associated administration.
David is married to Hilary and they have two children and one grandson and moved to Thatcham in 1972. He became Treasurer to the PTA at the Francis Baily Primary School and eventually was appointed as a Governor, a position he held for just over thirty three years during which time he spent time as both Vice-Chairman and Chairman. David has been an Elder at the Thatcham Untied Reformed Church for many years. He likes to keep busy and apart from being the Vision Treasurer he is also Treasurer to the Thatcham Parish Hall, Chairman of the Patient Participation Group at the Thatcham Medical Practice and Vice-Chairman of the Thatcham and Theale Blind Club. In addition David undertakes the Independent Examination of a few Charity organsiations and with Hilary are both volunteers at the Thatcham Food Bank
Susan Ellis (Secretary)
Sue Ellis moved to Thatcham in 1983, and has spent time on the local British Heart Foundation Committee, as well as acting as Treasurer, Chair and Secretary (at various times) for Thatcham Historical Society, and as Secretary of the West Berkshire Heritage Forum. Professionally she has worked for local authorities and professional associations for the past 36 years, in a range of roles including as a senior librarian, and currently as West Berkshire Council's Data Protection and Freedom of Information officer. She has an interest in history and archaeology generated by taking a degree in these subjects at Reading University, and a further qualification in the Archaeology of Standing Buildings. She is now married and living in Midgham, but retains her strong connections with Thatcham.
Diane Donohue (Project Manager)
.I was educated through the Open University initially after having failed at school because I was partially deaf. I then completed a BA degree at Southampton University and Social work qualifications at Portsmouth and Chichester universities. My working experience started with supervising a children’s nursery in 1987 then working with Deaf and Hard of hearing people for 11years. Subsequently I have worked mainly with adults primarily with disabilities throughout the south of England.
Contact the project manager via email (click here).
Steering Group Members
Steering Group Members:
- David Conquest (chair)
- Tessa Hall (Project Manager)
- David Weller (treasurer)
- Sue Ellis (Secretary)
- Brian Barnes (Representative of Community Safety action team and Chair of NAG)
- David Brazier (Chair of Senior Citizens action team)
- Jason Collis (Chair of Population & Development action team and Head of TTC)
- Richard Foster (Chair of Travel and Transport action team)
- Jacqueline Scoins-Cass MBE (Chair of Thatcham Sports Network –TSN)
- Council Nominated Members (West Berkshire Council):
- Cllr Marigold Jaques
- Cllr Sheila Ellison
- Council Nominated Members (Thatcham Town Council):
- Cllr Steve Ardagh-Walter
- Cllr Jason Collis
- Co-opted members:
- Martin Cook (Marketing Volunteer)
- Dr Clifford Smith