If you would like to contact any of the parish councillors, you can do so via the Clerk.

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Cllr Rod Hague



Rod Hague has lived in the Village of Oving since he was born. His family have been Tenant Farmers here for just over 100 years. He first joined the Parish Council in 2002 and was Chairman between 2007 and 2010. He became Chairman again in 2019.

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Cllr Stephen Quigley

Vice Chair


Has lived in Merston for over 40 years. Represented Oving on District Council 2003 to 2011. Chaired Oving Parish Plan 2017. Chairing Oving Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group since December 2020.

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Cllr Duncan Marston



Duncan has lived in Oving since 2007 and in Tangmere for 5 years before that. He is Chair of the Planning Committee and also looks after the recreation ground and community garden.

He owns a business based at Woodhorn Business Centre supporting local agriculture, businesses, and private projects.

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Cllr Alan Smith



I have been a resident of Oving for 14 years this June (2021). Second time round for being a Parish Councilor. I am passionate about the environment and conservation.

I have planted 8 trees along Church Lane which have been admired by many. I have more saplings growing in my garden ready for planting in a couple of years time.
I am also interested in planning and I am now on the Council’s planning committee.

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Cllr Katie Akerman


Katie has lived in Shopwyke since 2014, having previously lived in Chichester. Katie sits on the Oving Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group as Vice Chair. Katie has worked in higher education since 1999, and is currently Director of Quality and Standards at the University of Chichester.


Cllr Jeremy Matcham


I am concerned about our ability to grow a resilient community based within the urbanised setting of Shopwyke.

My training as a physicist informs me that adopting a triple-bottom-line accounting system is our best option for a comfortable transition through the social, environmental, and economic challenges ahead. In the absence of such a system; direct involvement with our Parish Council gives us at least some control and certainty over our social accounting and prosperity.

Ben Hunt

Cllr Ben Hunt


I moved to Shopwyke in 2021 and joined the parish council two years later with the ambition of helping the local community.
I have worked all over the world but prefer being on the local beaches with my family, cycling and riding my motorbike.

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Cllr Millie Riddell


I moved to the area ( Shopwyke ) in 2022 and am pleased to be part of our developing community within Oving parish.  My working background is in the public sector as a secondary school leader with responsibility for community cohesion and most recently as an employment law advisor.  Outside work I have been a councillor in a rural parish and now enjoy voluntary work with  an educatonal charity in Chichester.  Having lived in both town and country I am aware of the benefits and challenges of both and wish to use my experience to contribute to the cohesive development of our parish.

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Cllr Bernard Hunt


I am now retired, living in Shopwyke, and applied to join the Parish Council in 2024, having a keen interest in local issues and to help in any way possible. I was a school governor at my children’s primary school, (many years ago) and also chairman of the local union committee at the Guardian newspaper where I worked for 30 years.  My current interests include supporting Chichester City FC, going to the cinema, walking, reading, gardening.