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.

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.

If you would like more information on the Armed Forces Covenant please go to the Armed Forces Covenant website

List of signatories

The Community Covenant was originally signed in 2011. In 2014 a Corporate Covenant was signed, encouraging businesses to also sign up. In 2018 Oxfordshire public bodies and businesses were invited to either sign up or refresh their pledges under the renewed Armed Forces Covenant.


  • Abingdon Town Council - 2011 Cllr P Jones, Deputy Mayor
  • Ambrosden Parish Council - 2011 Mark Longworth, Parish Clerk
  • Aspire Oxford - 2018 Paul Roberts, Chief Executive Officer
  • Aston, Cote, Shifford and Chimney Parish Council - 2011 Helen Sandu
  • Banbury Town Council - 2011 Cllr K Mallon, Leader
  • Benson Parish Council - 2011 Sue Cooper, Clerk
  • Bicester Town Council - 2011 Cllr Rose Stratford, Town Mayor
  • Carterton Town Council - 2014, and 2018 Cllr Martin McBride, Town Mayor
  • Charlbury Town Council - 2011 S. R. Clarke, Town Clerk
  •  Cherwell District Council - 2011, 2014 Cllr Alastair Milne Home, Chairman
  • Chipping Norton Town Council - 2011 Cllr Chris and Sue Butterworth, Town Mayor and Mayoress
  • Drayton (Abingdon) Parish Council - 2011 David Perrow, Parish Clerk
  • Faringdon Town Council - 2011, and 2018 Cllr David Barron, Town Mayor
  • Ferndale Preparatory School - 2011 Dr Philip Irwin
  • Forces Recruitment Services (Oxfordshire) - 2011 Chris Almond MBE
  • HIVE - 2011 Kate Bourne, Manager
  • Jobcentre Plus - 2011 Anneli Morgan
  • JSP Ltd - 2014 Matthew Judson, Technical Director
  • Oxford and Cherwell Valley College - 2011 S Dicketts, Principal
  • Oxford City Council - 2011, 2014, and 2018 Cllr Colin Cook, Lord Mayor of Oxford
  • Oxford Sea Cadets - 2011 Sub Lt (SCC) AJ Ingham RNR
  • Oxfordshire Association of Town and Parish Councils - 2011 Malcolm Leeding, President
  • Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group - 2014 David Smith, Chief Executive
  • Oxfordshire County Council - 2011, 2014, and 2018 Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Leader of the Council
  • Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership - 2011 Dr Martin Dare Edwards, Chairman
  • Oxfordshire Play Association - 2011 Martin Gillett
  • Oxfordshire Rural Community Council - 2011 Linda Watson, Chief Executive 
  • RAF Benevolent Fund - 2011 Paul Hewson, Regional Director
  • RAFA Oxford District Branch - 2011 Peter R. M. Leach, Chairman
  • Regular Forces Employment - 2011 Sonia Harford
  • Royal British Legion Oxfordshire - 2011, 2018 Lynda Atkins, Chairman
  • SE Nations Advisory and Pensions Office - 2011 Patrick Lawrence, Vice Chairman
  • Service Children Support Network - 2011 Joy O'Neill
  • Skanska - 2014, and 2018 Adrian Cooke, Managing Director
  • Soldiers of Oxfordshire Trust - 2011 Colonel Tim May
  • South Oxfordshire District Council - 2011, 2014, and 2018 Cllr Lorraine Hillier, Chairman
  • SSAFA Forces Help Oxfordshire - 2011, 2018 Ian Talbot, Branch Chairman
  • Taynton Parish Council - 2011 BG Jenner, Chairman
  • Thame Town Council - 2018 Cllr Ann Midwinter, Town Mayor
  • The Living Room - 2011 Sarah Wolsey
  • Upper Heyford Parish Council - 2011 Jack Goodman Jr, Lt Col, USAF (Ret), Parish Clerk
  • Vale of White Horse District Council - 2011, 2014, and 2018 Cllr Monica Lovatt, Chairman
  • Wallingford Town Council - 2011, and 2018 Cllr Lee Upcraft, Town Mayor
  • Wantage Town Council - 2014 Fiona Roper, Town Mayor
  • West Oxfordshire District Council - 2011, 2014, and 2018 Cllr Norman MacRae MBE, Armed Forces Champion & Cabinet Member for Partnership and Place
  • Witney Town Council - 2011 J King, Deputy Mayor
  • Woodstock Town Council - 2011 Cllr Jill Dunsmore, Town Mayor
  • 502 Retention and Resettlement HQ 4th Division - 2011 K. E. Lynch
  • Additional signers of the original 2011 Community Covenant
  • 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
  • Rt Rev Colin Fletcher OBE, Bishop of Dorchester

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.