New Blood for Buckingham Town Council

Cllr. Ryan Willett
Cllr. Ade Osibogun
Cllr. Anja Schaefer
Cllr. Warren Whyte
Cllr. Sue Hetherington

Five newly elected members join Buckingham Town Council, with one vacancy remaining after the local elections. Eleven other Councillors retained or were re-elected to their seats and will continue to serve in Buckingham.

Each Councillor will bring their own diverse ideas to the Council and is eager to begin representing the people of Buckingham.

25-year-old Ryan Willett joins the Council having previously served on Buckingham Youth Council as a teenager. Ryan told us “the Youth Council was a really refreshing experience and helped me believe passionately in the importance of energising young people into local politics and community action.” Ryan works with homeless people.

Ade Osibogun is also a local rising star, previous president of the University of Buckingham Student Union he now lives locally and is an experienced legal practitioner and mediator.

Anja Schaefer works as a senior lecturer for the Open University and has a keen interest in sustainability and small business.

Warren Whyte returns to the Town Council after a break of seven years, and is proud to continue championing Buckingham far and wide. 

Sue Hetherington has previously been a member of Gawcott Council and has a passion for the natural environment.

An additional vacancy for a Councillor is available in the South Ward which will be filled by co-option. Any interested parties are invited to visit the Town Council website for more information. The deadline to apply is Friday 28th May with the decision to be made at the Interim Council meeting on Monday 7th June.

Six previous Councillors retired or were not re-elected after the election. Terry Bloomfield, Paddy Collins, Paul Hirons, Ruth Newell, Mike Smith, Christine Strain-Clark were all long-standing Councillors serving the Council for 116 years between them. The Town Council is grateful for all of their hard work on behalf of the town.

For enquiries please contact Paul Hodson at Buckingham Town Council on 01280 816426,

New Town Councillor to be Co-opted

image of polling station signOn Friday morning Downing Street announced that said it would be impractical to hold local and mayoral election in May, as they would come during the peak of the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Polls were due to take place in Buckingham on the 7th May 2020 for positions at Buckingham Town Council, the new Buckinghamshire Unitary Authority and The Police Crime Commissioner.

There is currently one vacancy on Buckingham Town Council following the death of Councillor Derrick Isham earlier this year. This will now be filled by the Council co-opting a new member, because a by-election is not allowed at present. As with an election, anyone from the town will be able to put themselves forward. Details of the process to take part in this will be released as more information is available.

Interested in being a councillor?


Town Councillors have a huge impact on how local money is spent. Buckingham Town Council has an annual budget of £1M to look after parks, play areas, cemeteries, events, planning and the economic development of Buckingham.

advertising image for councillor drop in information sessionDo you want to make changes in the town?

Elections for new town councillors take place on the 5th May. This is a fantastic opportunity to get involved with your local community and it’s future.

How can I find out more?

Buckingham Town Council will be hosting an evening information session for prospective new town councillors at 7pm on the 9th March at Buckingham Library.  The drop-in session will be an informal opportunity for anyone who is considering standing as a town councillor to find out more about the role and to chat to council staff.

What do I do next?

The Notice of Election will be published on 31 March 2020. The period for nominations will then commence, and the deadline for nominations for the election will be 4pm on 8 April 2020. The nomination papers must be collected from the Town Clerk in Buckingham.






Town Council Elections: May 7th 2020

When are they taking place?

The Town & Parish Council elections will take place on 7 May 2020, between 7am – 10pm.

What other elections are taking place on this date?

The Unitary elections for the new Buckinghamshire Council and the Police & Crime Commissioner elections will also be taking place on 7 May 2020, at the same hours.

Ballot papers

As there are three elections on the same day, the ballot papers for each election will be a different colour.

Notice of Election

The Notice of Election will be published on 31 March 2020. The period for nominations will then commence, and the deadline for nominations for the election will be 4pm on 8 April 2020. Nomination forms can be delivered by parish clerks, collectively and individually, but cannot be sent in the post or electronically. Original signed forms must be provided.

Following the deadline, a complete statement of persons nominated will be published.

Candidates/Agents Briefings

The Returning Officer will be holding briefings across Buckinghamshire for all candidates and agents, which will provide information on the process for nominations and all confirmed arrangements for the Counts.

Nomination Forms/Information

These will be available from the Town Council Office after the Notice of Election is published.