Howard Chirgwin is serving member of Witney Town Councillor representing Witney East.
He has lived in Cogges for more than 15 years and is married to Pat. They have one son, who attended Wood Green School.
During his term of office he has served on the Planning and Development Committee, Community Services Committee, and Traffic Advisory. He is Chair of the Witney and Schools in Bloom working party and has recently taken over the Chair of the Sport and Recreation Committee.
As a member of the Public Transport Working Party he worked with other Councillors and Volunteers to keep the Town Bus operating until West Oxfordshire Community Transport was formed.
Since retirement, 8 years ago, having spent the first 20 years of his working life as an officer in the British Merchant Navy prior to taking up a post in the University of Oxford, he has been involved locally volunteering with Volunteer Link Up as a driver, befriender, and gardener. He has also been a volunteer at Cogges Manor Farm since it reopened.
He is a member of the Institute of Hospitality, a Churchwarden and Treasurer at St James the Great South Leigh, as well a trustee of the Witney Town Charity, Cogges Welfare Trust, and Madley Park Hall Trust.
Howard very much enjoys his duties as a Town Councillor and a volunteer working for the local community and wishes to ensure that Witney remains the prosperous, vibrant, historic market town, as well as supporting the Mayor and being an ambassador for the town.