Councillor Matthew Barber

Title: Leader of the Council and Cabinet member for partnership and insight

Party: Conservative

Ward: Steventon and the Hanneys

Parish: Denchworth ; East Hanney ; Steventon ; West Hanney

Additional Information

Councillor Matthew Barber
Leader of Vale of White Horse District Council and District Councillor for the Hanneys ward


Councillor Barber has been a member of Vale of White Horse District Council since 2003 and Leader of the Council since 2011.  He chairs the Council's Cabinet and is responsible for Corporate Strategy, Finance and Legal & Democratic Services.  He is currently Chairman of the Spatial Planning and Infrastructure Partnership and a Board Member of Science Vale Oxford and Vale4Business and the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership.


Councillor Barber is married with two daughters.  He lives in the village of West Hanney, and has lived in Oxfordshire most of his life.  He grew up in Faringdon and was first elected to for the Faringdon & The Coxwells ward.  He has also been a member of Faringdon Town Council. Before becoming Leader of the Council, he was Leader of the Opposition since 2009 and chaired the Vale’s Scrutiny Committee.

Contact information

Home address: 
Orchard View
Church Street
West Hanney
OX12 0LW

Mobile:  07816 481452

Bus. email:

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Committee appointments

Term of Office

  • 02/05/2003 -

Appointments to outside bodies