People

Isobel Ballsdon

Deputy Chairman - Membership and Fundraising

Isobel was elected as Deputy Chairman Membership and fundraising at the Annual General Meeting in March 2020.

Simon Robinson

Peppard Ward Councillor

Simon Robinsonwas first elected in 2014 and relected in May 2018 with an increased majority. He has lived in Reading for over 20 years and in Caversham Park Village with his wife and family for the last 8 years.He works as a home based IT Consultant in corporate education and training whilst his wife also works locally for the BBC at the Caversham Monitoring Centre.

Isobel Ballsdon

Mapledurham Councillor

Isobel was re-elected to represent Mapledurham Ward in May 2016, before which she had represented Thames Ward from 2006 to 2012. 

Dr Prem Sharma OBE

Dr Sharma is our Honorary Life President. He holds this position because of the respect in which he is held by the Association following many years of service as an officer at Association and Area level.

Laura Blumenthal

Southlake Ward Councillor WBC

Laura was first elected to represent Southlake ward in May 2015 and was re-elected in 2019.

Jenny Cheng

South Lake Ward Borough Councillor for WBC

Jenny Cheng was elected to represent Southlake in the 2018 local elections for Wokingham Borough Council. Currently Mayor of Woodley Town she is a hardworking woman who has been on the Town Council for 7 years and has helped many residents.

Abdul Loyes

Loddon Ward Borough Councillor for WBC

Abdul Loyes was first elected in May 2006 as a Councillor in Loddon Ward on Wokingham Borough Council and was elected again in 2011, 2015 and 2019. He has lived in the Borough since 1976 and is married to Nina. They have three children. Abdul runs his own catering business and believes his experience of running a small business is very useful and his knowledge of the local area enables him to recognize the changes needed to improve life in Woodley.

Bill Soane

Loddon Ward Borough Councillor

Bill has lived in Woodley for 30 years and raised his family here. He runs his own business and brings this experience of working with people to get things done to the Council if elected. As Woodley’s Carnival Committee Chairman he raised funds for local & national charities whilst providing a great day out for Woodley residents.

Cllr Mark Green - Woodley Town Council - Bulmershe Ward

Mark has lived in Woodley all his life. He spent 32 years as a firefighter before retiring and becoming a Flying Instructor. Mark has been a Councillor since 2015 and amongst other duties has served on the Leisure and Community Services Committee. 

Anthony Stansfeld - PCC

Anthony Stansfeld was born in Newbury and West Berks has been his home all his life. He is currently an executive member of West Berks Council, and was a member of the Thames Valley Police Authority for several years taking over as Chairman of the Performance Committee in 2011. He has also been vice-chairman of the Audit, Governance and Risk Committee.