Who we are

We work with South Oxfordshire District Council to provide cost-effective services for our residents. We employ around 450 people, most of whom are based at our offices at 135 Eastern Avenue, Milton Park, Milton, OX14 4SB.

There are 36 elected councillors. You can read more about your councillors and how they make decisions on how the council is run in our Local Democracy webpages.

You can find out more about the Leader of our council here.

Each year, our Council Leader appoints a Chairman of the Council – this is a non-political role that involves chairing meetings and representing the council at community events. Find out more information on our Chairman here.

The council’s Chief Executive is Mark Stone.

The council’s Acting Deputy Chief Executives are:

  • Andrew Down – Partnerships and 5 Councils Partnership Commercial Director
  • Adrianna Partridge – Transformation and Operations
  • Suzanne Malcolm – Place


Our services are divided into the following areas:

Development and Regeneration

Head of department – Emily Cockle

Housing and Environment

Head of department – Liz Hayden (also Designated Safeguarding Lead)


Head of department – Adrian Duffield

  • Prepares and consults on statutory plans for land use and development in the district
  • Gives expert advice to developers and the public
  • Scrutinises and determines planning applications
  • Investigates contraventions of planning approvals and rules and takes appropriate action
  • Conservation area appraisals, Listed buildings and Tree Preservation orders
  • Transport infrastructure
  • Footpaths

Corporate services

Head of department – James Carpenter


Head of department – Simon Hewings (also Section 151 Officer)

Legal and democratic

Head of department – Margaret Reed (also Monitoring Officer, Electoral Registration Officer and Returning Officer)

Partnership and Insight

Head of department – Currently being recruited

To see job opportunities at the council please see our current vacancies page.

Trade Union facility time

We are required to publish this data on the amount and spend of facility time in respect of staff who are Trade Union representatives


Vale of White Horse District Council’s constitution sets out how the council operates, how decisions are made and the procedures which are followed to ensure that these are efficient, transparent and accountable to local people.  Some of these processes are required by the law, while others are a matter for the council to choose.

Find out more about our constitution.