Honorary roles for former Didcot, Hagbourne, North Hinksey, Botley, Wytham and Oxford councillors

Three people who have given eminent service to Oxfordshire while representing the residents of Didcot and East Hagbourne, North Hinksey, Botley, Wytham and Oxford are set to be appointed “Honorary Aldermen”.

An extraordinary meeting of Oxfordshire County Council is recommended to make the appointments when it meets at 2pm on Tuesday, May 16.

The three former councillors proposed to receive the honour are:

  • Former county councillor Janet Godden, who stood down from her North Hinksey seat prior to the county council election in early May having served as an elected member of the council since 1993. She was a cabinet member from 2001 to 2005.

  • Former county councillor Patrick Greene, who represented Didcot East and Hagbourne, who had been a county councillor since 1995 until the May 2017 election. He had been Chairman of the county council in the 2011/12 council year.

  • Former county councillor Tony Williamson who represented seats in Oxford from 1973 until 1988. He was one of the original county councillors when the authority came in to being in 1973 and sat on the committee which set up the county council. He was also a City Councillor and Lord Mayor. He was one of the original Oxfordshire County Councillors.

The report to be presented to councillors on May 16 says that: “The appointment of Honorary Alderman is to confer recognition on Members who, over a period of time, made a significant contribution to the council in particular and public service in general. This is a lifetime award.”

Peter Clark, Oxfordshire County Council’s Chief Executive, said: “We have a large number of brand new county councillors following the May 4 elections and it will be one of their first tasks to be asked to appoint Janet Godden, Patrick Greene and Tony Williamson as Aldermen. It is an honour they richly deserve and their contributions will certainly be long remembered by all of us at the county council.”

“Janet, Peter and Tony have given dedicated service to their own communities but also to the whole of Oxfordshire.”