Chairman of the Council

The Chairman of the Vale of White Horse District Council is Councillor Mike Badcock (Abingdon Caldecott Ward) who was elected into this position in May 2013. The Vice Chairman of the Council is Councillor Reg Waite (Blewbury and Harwell Ward).

Councillor Mike Badcock, like generations of his family, was born in Abingdon on Thames. He attended Carswell and John Mason Schools. Married to Marilyn Badcock, they have two daughters Alice and Rachael.  Alice is also a Vale of White Horse District and Abingdon on Thames Town Councillor and Mayor of Abingdon for 2016-2017.  Rachael is the mother of granddaughter Eve and grandson Fletcher. 

Mike was first elected to the Vale of White Horse District Council in May 1983 and is currently serving for the fourth time having to date served a total of 20 years representing the area of South Abingdon in which he has resided since 1976.

During his time as a district councillor he has been instrumental in the council’s decision to build Tilsley Park athletics and sports complex in Abingdon, in developing joint sporting relationships with schools and promoting the Wessex Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. He was Chairman of Leisure Services and has chaired or served on over 30 varied Vale committees. He has also served as an Oxfordshire County Councillor for 8 years and is currently an Abingdon on Thames Town Councillor where he has served for 15 years, twice elected as Mayor.

As a young man Mike played in North Berks League football, playing for Wootton and Sandford United all over the Vale on its many football pitches. He still enjoys many country pursuits and events and supports many local crafts and traditions. An avid sports spectator he regularly attends Wasps and England Rugby matches.

Mike believes that we in the Vale have a rich and living heritage and that it is all of our duty to continue to support and encourage this. From maintaining cob walls and ancient pathways to supporting exceptionally talented performers in bands, drama groups, folk dance, music and sports. Our children are our future and their encouragement and enthusiasm is vital to keep the Vale a great place to live, work and enjoy such a rich diversity of recreation.

Mike said “As Chairman I hope to visit as many parts of the Vale as possible over the next year”.

Mike’s Charities for this year are:

The Abingdon branch of Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA)who are based at Southmoor.  The RDA provide therapy and fun to disabled people all over the UK.  More information can be found at This link will take you to an external website... .


The Amber Phillpott Trust.  The trust raises funds for research into Acute Myeloid Leukaemia and was set up in memory of Amber Phillpott who lost her battle with the illness at just 18 months old.  More information about the trust can be found at This link will take you to an external website... .

For information about events that the Chairman has attended during the Civic year please see The Chairman's Diary.

If you are planning an event and would like the Chairman to attend please contact 01235 422082, email or write to:

Council Chairman
Vale of White Horse District Council
135 Eastern Avenue
Milton Park
OX14 4SB

Last reviewed: 12 - 07 - 2016

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