Councillors and Contact details

Contacting the Council

To contact the Hermitage Parish Council in the first instance please email the Parish Clerk:

Parish Councillors

If you are interested in becoming a parish councillor or finding out a little more about the role, please contact the Clerk.

Mrs Sue Russell – Chair

Sue Russell
Sue Russell

I became a Hermitage parish councillor in 2013, having moved to the village in 2011. However I sat on the council where I previously lived so knew what I was letting myself in for!

My interests and hobbies include gardening, home crafts, theatre, family and my dog – not necessarily in that order plus building on the 2013 Parish Plan to create a Neighbourhood Development Plan.


Ms Ruth Cottingham, vice-chair

Ruth Cottingham
Ruth Cottingham

My family and I came to Hermitage in 1990 because it was in the right location and we found a property with a large enough garden. We are still growing our own vegetables, as those of you who suffer from our gluts will know, but I do not manage to find the time to do my share. I still walk with a group I joined in 1972. I have been a member of Hermitage parish council since 2007, including as chair from 2008 to 2021.


Ms Carolyn Purchase

I have lived in Hermitage for over 20 years and both my children attended local schools.
I became a member of the Parish Council just before retiring from my role as a Headteacher of a local primary school, feeling that it was time to give something back to the community in which I live. 
My interests include walking and climbing and I have had the opportunity to climb some well known mountains in the Alps and further afield.
I have recently discovered gardening and now really enjoy growing vegetables in our two greenhouses and raised beds. 


Mr David Brown

David Brown
David Brown

Married with four children who have all attended local schools, I have been a Hermitage resident since 1971.

My interests include walking, music and photography and I have served on the parish council twice, from 2007-2008 and from 2011 to the present.


Mr Nick Burraston OBE

Nick Burraston OBE
Nick Burraston

My wife and I moved to Hermitage when I retired in 2015. A Chartered Engineer and Chartered Fellow of IOSH, I have served as a non-executive on the Board of IOSH and on the boards of small technology companies.  I also served as a parish councillor in a previous place we lived.

My later career spanned 13 years in senior roles in retail, engineering consultancy, water supply and in railways construction; with a further 36 years in electricity generation and supply industries, including as a director/general manager for 3 different power companies both in UK and overseas.


Miss Ann Goldsmith

Ann moved to the village in 2013 to be closer to her work at Tadley as a Technical Consultant, having lived in Wantage for over 20 years.  Her main interest is her animals: she has a dog, cats and pond fish, and keeps llamas, horses and ducks, whose eggs and offspring she sells, at Chieveley.


Mr Roy Marr

Roy Marr
Roy Marr

I’ve been on the council for around 15 years and prior to that I attended as a member of the public for many years. In fact I’ve seen 11 chairpersons come and go.

I have been a village hall trustee for 30 years+ and am chairman of Hermitage horticultural society. I’m a retired design engineer and have lived in Hermitage for 35 years.


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I am originally from Dublin but have lived in England since 1993.

My wife and I, along with our four daughters, moved from The Wye Valley, where we owned our own countryside pub and restaurant, to Berkshire in 2012 before settling in Hermitage in 2017.

I have been involved in the hotel and catering industry all of my professional life, running many restaurants and bars in London, alongside other national projects.

I currently run a hotel and golf complex on the Hampshire/Berkshire border, which is a wonderful combination of two of my passions.


Mrs Michelle Yam

After living in America for 3.5 years, my husband and I relocated to the UK with the company my husband worked for, which brought us to the Newbury area. We decided on Hermitage as a perfect location to start a family.

Our 2 boys attend a local school and I wanted to give something back to our community, so I joined the Parish Council.
I spend most of my time with my children and run my own bootcamp fitness classes in the village and online. I also manage the village hall and enjoy cooking and gardening.

Mrs Fay Ashwood

My husband and I moved to Hermitage, from Thatcham, in 2017 when we were looking for a house with a bigger garden for our expanding family. A former drug counsellor and civil servant, I am now a stay at home mum to our two young daughters, who attend local primary and pre-schools, respectively.

I have been chair of the Hermitage Preschool committee since 2019 and have enjoyed being involved in organising community fundraising events such as the annual Easter egg hunt and the Halloween party. Now that I have a little more time on my hands, I decided to join the Parish Council to continue giving back to the community where my children will grow up.

A keen runner, I can often be found exploring the local woodland trails or enjoying the new path between Hermitage and Hampstead Norreys.


Mrs Emma Chan

I moved to the village in 2007. Hermitage offered great connections to the rest of the UK coupled with beautiful countryside and a friendly village atmosphere. 
My children have both been through the village primary school, and one currently attends the Downs School whilst the other attends the sixth form at St Barts. 
I have a busy career as a Global Account Director for a large US Corporation, however, I have always found the time to play an active part in village life. I’ve served as chair of both the PTA and the Governing Body at Hermitage Primary School. 

Wellness is important to me and I enjoy yoga, cycling and a variety of other exercise. I love walking in our stunning woodland here in the village.