Armed Forces Covenant | Oxfordshire County Council

Armed Forces Covenant

Working together to support the armed forces community.

The aim of the covenant is to encourage charities, local authorities, businesses, communities and individuals to work together with the military to offer support to service personnel and their families as well as reservists and veterans.

Oxfordshire County Council was the first local authority to pledge support and we remain strongly committed to supporting the armed forces community in Oxfordshire.

View the current Armed Forces Covenant 2011-2016 (pdf format, 484Kb)

The government has published a new tri-service Armed Forces Covenant. The first of its kind, it sets the tone for government policy aimed at improving the support available for the armed forces community. Visit the Ministry of Defence website for more information about the

Who can take part?

  • local authorities
  • health service providers
  • town and parish council
  • businesses such as shops and restaurants
  • charities and community groups
  • individual members of the public

Pledge your support now

If you would like to pledge your support to the Oxfordshire Armed Forces Community Covenant then please let us know.

Send us your name, address, organisation and what you are going to do in support of this. We need your contact details so we can keep you regularly updated about the work we are doing and also find out how your pledge is going. Your pledge will be added to our Covenant book of support and we will also update the list on the website to show who pledged support to date.

List of signatories

  • Councillor Keith R Mitchell CBE, former leader of Oxfordshire County Council
  • Andrew Smith, MP, Member of Parliament for Oxford East
  • Commodore Timothy Hennessey DL BCS MA, Royal Navy
  • Brigadier Neil Baverstock OBS MA, Army
  • Group Captain Dominic Stamp MA, Royal Air Force
  • Fred Hucker, NHS and Oxfordshire Chairman
  • Penelope Glenn, High Sheriff of Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire County Council

  • Councillor Patrick Greene, Chairman of Oxfordshire County Council
  • Councillor Zoe Patrick, Leader of the Opposition Oxfordshire County Council
  • Councillor J Heathcoat, Oxfordshire County Council
  • Councillor L Stratford, Royal British Legion and Oxfordshire County Council
  • Councillor Liz Brighouse, Leader Labour Group, Oxfordshire County Council
  • Councillor David Roberston, Deputy Leader Oxfordshire County Council

Oxford City Council

  • Councillor Bob Price, Leader Oxford City Council

District councils

  • Councillor Timothy Hallchurch MBE, Chairman Cherwell District Council
  • Councillor Felix Bloomfield, Chairman South Oxfordshire District Council
  • Councillor Alison Thomson, Chairman Vale of White Horse District Council
  • Councillor Derek Cotterill, Chairman West Oxfordshire District Council
  • Councillor Richard Langridge, Cabinet member West Oxfordshire District Council

Town and parish councils

  • Sharon Groth (Town Clerk) Witney Town Council
  • Malcolm Leeding, President Oxfordshire Association of Town and Parish Councils
  • Councillor Chris Butterworth, Mayor of Chipping Norton
  • Sue Butterworth, Mayoress Chipping Norton and Oxford LINK Chair
  • Councillor Rose Stratford, Town Mayor Bicester
  • Councillor P Jones, Deputy Mayor, Abingdon Town Council
  • Councillor K Mallon, Leader Banbury Town Council
  • J King, Deputy Mayor Witney Town Council
  • Rossyly Lester, Deputy Mayor Wallingford Town Council
  • Councillor Dr Mike Wise, Mayor Faringdon
  • Councillor Jill Dunsmore, Mayor of Woodstock
  • B G Jenner (Chairman) Taynton Parish Meeting
  • Sue Cooper ( Clerk to Benson Parish Council) Benson Parish Council
  • Mrs Helen Sandu Aston, Cote, Shifford and Chimney Parish Council
  • Jack Goodman Jr, Lt Col, USAF (Ret) (Parish Clerk) Upper Heyford Parish Council
  • S.R.Clarke (Town Clerk) Charlbury Town Council
  • David Perrow (Parish Clerk) Drayton (Abingdon) Parish Council
  • Mark Longworth (Parish Clerk) Ambrosden Parish Council

Voluntary, community and faith groups

  • Martin Gillett, Oxfordshire Play Association
  • Patrick Lawrence, Vice Chairman SE Nations Advisory and Pensions Office
  • Rt Revd Colin Fletcher OBE, Bishop of Dorchester
  • Brigadier Michael Stephens, Chairman SSAFA Forces Help Oxfordshire
  • Michael Henderson, Oxfordshire County Chairman Royal British Legion
  • Colonel Tim May, Soldiers of Oxfordshire Trust
  • Peter R.M Leach, Chairman RAFA Oxford District Branch
  • Sonia Harford, Regular Forces Employment
  • K.E Lynch, 502 Retention and Resettlement HQ 4th Division
  • Paul Hewson, Regional Director RAF Benevolent Fund
  • Kate Bourne, HIVE Manager
  • Linda Watson, Chief Executive Oxfordshire Rural Community Council
  • Joy O'Neill, Service Children Support Network


  • Dr Philip Irwin Ferndale Preparatory School, Faringdon
  • S Dicketts, Principal Oxford and Cherwell Valley College


Cadet groups

Sub Lt (SCC) AJ Ingham RNR, Oxford Sea Cadets.

Civilian Military Partnership

The Civilian Military Partnership is made up of representatives of the armed forces and members of the County Council Management Team.

Civilian Military Partnership meetings

Health and wellbeing group

Joint working between NHS Oxfordshire's public health team and the armed forces has resulted in:

  • a networking event
  • veterans' mental health project
  • health improvement projects at bases focusing on improving behaviours and lifestyles
  • making sure that personnel are put in touch with local dentists.

Economy and skills

The Employment and Skills Group have focused on:

  • armed forces membership of the Local Enterprise Executive Committee
  • establishing working relationships with Job Centre Plus, Career Transition Partnership and charities in conjunction with the Regular Forces Employment Association and Officers Association.

Education, children and young people

Oxfordshire's work with service children was deemed 'inspirational' in an Ofsted inspection by:

  • securing school places
  • additional funding
  • rapid response project to support those with special educational needs
  • shared work with other councils
  • pupil premiums.

Environment and infrastructure

Joint working between the Ministry of Defence's Defence Infrastructure Organisation and county and district councils resulted in:

a greater understanding of housing needs.

Safer and stronger communities

The partnership is focusing on the integration of personnel into their communities through:

  • a focus is on town and parish councils.
  • representation of the armed forces on this partnership.
  • arranging repatriations for RAF Brize Norton personnel.


A community engagement website has been created by 145(South) Brigade.


Read Forces In Mind Trust's report "Our Community - Our Covenant" for an insight into how Covenants are being embedded in local government working.



Last reviewed
15 June 2018
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