Benson Plan Team


The Benson Plan Team is composed of Parish Councillors & local residents who are devoting their spare time to develop the Benson Neighbourhood Plan.




Jon Fowler Small


Jon Fowler is Chairman of the Benson Neighbourhood Plan Steering Committee.  He is also Vice-Chairman of Benson Parish Council and Chairman of the Parish Council’s Planning Committee. He has lived in Benson since 2003 so a relative newcomer compared to many of the stalwarts in the village. When not working for the Parish Council, Jon’s real job is as an IT Project Manager.


Philip Murray


Philip Murray is Vice-Chairman of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Committee and a Parish Councillor and has lived in Benson since 1986. He recently retired from a career in business management and now works part-time as a strategic adviser to a number of small companies and charities.


Philip is coordinating the Communications and Marketing group, and will act as the link to the Built Environment, Conservation & Heritage workstream, coordinated by Catherine Murray, his wife!

Frank Farqhuharson


Frank Farquharson has lived in Benson for the past three years, however he previously also lived here from 1977 to 1992. He is a hydrologist and chartered civil engineer who worked at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology in Crowmarsh for almost 40 years. He is now self-employed and a partner of a small firm of hydrological and water resource consultants. He has extensive experience of flood and drainage issues.


Frank is coordinating the Local infrastructure work stream, covering retail, commercial and community infrastructure.

Dave Rushton


A retired Air Traffic Controller, Dave Rushton has lived in the area for 14 years and has just moved from Littleworth to Preston Crowmarsh.  He was a Parish Councillor for 8 years and has since chaired the Transport Group for the Parish Council.  He has been involved with the Friends of Benson Library since it formed to save the Library, and chairs the FOBL Trust.


Dave is coordinating the Strategic Infrastructure work stream, covering Transport, Education & Health

Martyn Spence


Martyn Spence spent 38 years in the RAF, followed by 6 years as Technical Agent Communications Engineering for HQ Strike Command.  He has been a Benson parishioner since 1970.  In that time, he has filled a number of roles locally including: 5 years as a parish councillor, 10 years as Chair of Governors at RAF Benson Community Primary school (for which he is still the Local Authority Governor), and 3 years as Chair of Bensington Society for which he is now Vice-President.


Martyn is coordinating the Housing workstream.

Edel McGurk


Edel McGurk has lived in Benson with her family for around 2 and half years, so is relatively new to the village. Her children attend school locally. She is a wildlife biologist and works for a government body.


Edel is coordinating the Green Infrastructure work stream, covering open spaces, recreation, landscape and the natural environment.


Michael Winton


Michael Winton FRICS is a Benson Parish councillor and has lived in Benson since 1979.  He is qualified chartered Quantity Surveyor and has been a Property developer for the past 30 years.  Michael is now semi retired  but still undertakes consultancy work.