Duncan, Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Witney in the General Election of May 2015 and the by-election of October 2016, has lived and worked in Oxfordshire for 30 years, and in Witney since 1996. Along with his wife, a local teacher, he has brought up his three children in Witney.
After a degree in Physics at Wadham College, Oxford, Duncan trained as a teacher before following a career in scientific and medical publishing. After five years as head of the British National Formulary, the UK’s most important source of prescribing advice for healthcare, he left to run his own business in 2013. He now provides leadership advice, publishing expertise and management support both locally and internationally.
For 10 years Duncan served as a non-executive director on Oxfordshire Learning Disabilities NHS Trust, which he became involved with after his oldest daughter, Katy, was born with profound disabilities.
Duncan currently serves as a parent governor at Wood Green School in Witney, and previously served as governor at The Blake School and Springfield Special School in the town.
In 2011 Duncan was elected to Witney Town Council, and the following year to West Oxfordshire District Council – the first ever Labour representative for his home area of East Witney.
He has campaigned on local issues including accountability and transparency of local councils, for better transport and traffic schemes, on environment and flooding, for Fairtrade status for Witney, and support for local jobs, businesses and pubs. Duncan is passionate about sustainability and action on climate change, which was brought home to him personally when he was flooded out of his house in 2007 for eight months.
Inequality and poverty weaken our communities, and Duncan will not rest until we have a fairer society in which we all look out for each other and we all have a chance to achieve our full potential.