Parish Councillors

The current Parish Council was elected in May 2019.

Each Councillors' main areas of responsibility are listed below, although residents are encouraged to speak to any Councillor regarding questions or concerns related to the village.

Queries can also be addressed to the Clerk, Mrs Jayne Webster, at

Due to the resignation of Andrew Raphael, a vacancy has arisen for a Councillor for the Parish Council. Further details can be found in the Notice of Vacancy.

Douglas Crook (Chairman - Planning, Highways and Finance)

Doug moved to Ampney Crucis in 1999 but, along with his wife Debbie, had purchased a field on the London Road in 1989 which was home to Jack, a Welsh Cob, until his passing in 2014. Doug moved to Cirencester in 1986 when Intergraph relocated from Newbury to Swindon and had a 27 year career with them as he transitioned through the electronic and computing revolution of the 80's, 90's and on until 2011 when an opportunity to leave came along.

Doug has 2 daughters, Josephine working and living in Cirencester and Laura married to Rick and living in Blackpool, which is why he foolishly follows the football clubs fortunes as a season ticket holder.

Doug is still an active Member Nominated Trustee of the Intergraph Defined Contribution Pension Scheme and has been for more than 15 years. While in theory retired, Doug's involvement with commercial and residential properties keeps him busy.

doug@opeltd.com07896 671730

Benedict Eccles (Communications)

I have lived in the Cotswolds for 45 years and have been in Ampney Crucis for 7 years. I live with my wife (who works at the RAU), my son (who attended Farmors and is now at UCL) and my mother in law (who is a member of the local WI). I work as a chartered psychologist running a specialist consultancy in London. I have always tried to volunteer locally – I have been a Community First Responder, a local charity trustee and a volunteer mentor for local young people. I consider myself to be politically 'independent' and I am a passionate supporter of both Gloucester and Fairford Rugby clubs.

benedicteccles@gmail.com01285 851409

David Fowles (Planning and Highways)

David joined the Parish Council in May 2019 having previously been the District Councillor for the Ampneys and Hampton Ward.

David runs a local sales and marketing consultancy called Cotswold Media which specialises in property marketing. He lives just outside the village with his partner Jane who has her own financial management practice with St James’s Place.

David is passionate about protecting villages from unnecessary and inappropriate development. Whilst on the District Council, David served for 8 years on the Planning Committee and was heavily involved in the development of the new CDC Local Plan.

David’s role on the Parish Council is to focus on the planning portfolio alongside the Chairman and Malcolm Pink and also the delivery of the new Ampney Crucis Neighbourhood Development Plan.

johnfowles@btinternet.com01285 850567 and 07747 012256

Tim Nichols

Tim and his wife Marie moved to Ampney Crucis in August 2019 after living in Thornborough, North Buckinghamshire - a very similar village to Ampney Crucis. Tim was a councillor, and then Chairman of Thornborough Parish Council from 2006 until 2010 during which time the council completed an Affordable Housing Project and published a Parish Plan. As a profession, Tim is a chartered physicist and fellow of the institution of fire engineers and undertakes consultancy and expert witness work. Tim is a keen open water swimmer and spends his free time in the Thames or one of several lakes in CWP.

nicholstr64@gmail.com07826 348031

Alan Strutt (Planning)

Alan and his wife Stephanie moved from the South Coast of England to Ampney Crucis in 2017 seeking easier access to their only son, who having previously earned a Masters Degree at Imperial College, holds a significant role within nearby Dyson Ltd.

Alan, leaving behind a 30 year career of science and engineering within the ethical pharmaceuticals sector, spent the next 20 years buying, renovating, and re-marketing period houses. He is now retired to his hobbies of home refurbishment, vintage cars and reading.

While new to Ampney Crucis - but not to village life - and Local Government, Alan is very keen to preserve the best of our parish and village, but wholeheartedly embraces carefully managed change, where and when change is necessary or desirable.

alancrstrutt@gmail.com01285 851121

Each parish councillor is required to complete a Register of Members Interests, these can be found on the Cotswold District Council website.