OUR STAFF
Jayne Woodley, OCF Chief Executive
Jayne Woodley
Chief Executive

Biography

After studying Russian at Nottingham University, Jayne embarked on a corporate career in business development and marketing, before joining OCF in 2010. After 22 successful years, her decision to swap Barclays Capital for social capital was motivated by a growing personal desire for greater social justice, and an awareness of the evolving role of philanthropy.

Jayne lives in rural Oxfordshire but still enjoys going to the cinema, playing squash and architectural interiors. She spends most of her weekends as unpaid groom for her horse-mad daughter.

Jayne says: “I believe the potential of OCF is unstoppable, and to be part of the challenge is incredibly exciting and such a privilege.”

Annette Ahern, OCF's Office Guru
Annette Ahern
Community Impact

Biography

Annette worked in London in PR, and then as a PA to the Chairman of a Scotch whisky distiller. While bringing up her children she worked in a voluntary capacity as Chair of their pre-school. More recently she became a school governor for a local primary school and was chair for 10 years. For five years she was a member of the Education Appeals panels, responsible for Admissions and Exclusions appeals. As the OCF Office Guru she uses all the skills gained throughout her career for our benefit.

Annette lives in Oxford and has two grown-up children. She enjoys gardening, cooking, crafts, reading, theatre and cinema.

Annette says: “Being part of OCF is perfect for my ethos of giving and volunteering, which has been part of my life for so long.”

Simon Barnard, OCF's Philanthropy Services Guru
Simon Barnard
Community Impact

Biography

After studying English Literature at Queen Mary College, London University, Simon began a career in business development within recruitment and then consultancy in the City of London. He later worked developing entertainment for corporate events at some of London’s most prestigious venues. He moved to Oxford in 2007, and worked in marketing for an environmental website and large retailer before joining OCF.

He enjoys cooking, eating, reading and watching sport, but spends most of his free time playing with his two young boys and helping to run the local youth football team.

Simon says: “Working for OCF gives me the opportunity to help make Oxfordshire a better place for my children to live in.”

Kate Parrinder
Kate Parrinder
Marketing & Communications

Biography

Kate joined OCF after nine years at local business psychology firm OPP Ltd, where she was responsible for communications and editorial in the marketing department. There she gained experience writing and project managing printed and online content and press, and developing the company brand. Kate has a Master’s degree in Literary Translation from UEA, and studied English and French at Warwick University.

Kate volunteers as a Guide leader, and led an expedition to Uganda in 2013. She is now a trustee of WATSAN, a water and sanitation charity providing aid to impoverished rural communities in Uganda.

Kate says: “Working for OCF feels like the perfect fit for me, as it enables me to combine the skills I have developed with my passion for improving people’s lives.”

Katy Smith, Finance Guru
Katy Smith
Finance

Biography

After studying History at St Hilda’s College, Oxford, Katy qualified as a Chartered Accountant at Arthur Young (now EY) in 1986. She held various accounting positions in the City and elsewhere, including CIBC and Wenn Townsend, before going part time when her children were growing up.

Katy lives in Hampton Poyle and volunteers as a reading assistant in her local primary school, is learning Spanish and is an avid supporter of Oxford United FC.

Katy says: “I was particularly attracted to this role at OCF as I really believe in the work the community foundation is doing to support the place I live.”

  • “I really must thank the team for helping me during the application process and for having such faith in our work.”

    Kay Alty of New Yatt Riding for the Disabled Association, giving a treat to a fleabitten grey horse
    Kay Alty
    New Yatt Riding for the Disabled
  • “We like to find strategic solutions, not provide sticking plasters.”

    Jayne Woodley, CEO of Oxfordshire Community Foundation
    Jayne Woodley
    CEO, Oxfordshire Community Foundation
  • “It is so uplifting to meet so many people blessed with generous hearts and a deep sense of community.”

    Ali Mosawi, one of OCF's donors
    Ali Mosawi
    Donor
  • “It’s so good to think about the bigger picture aside from the week working at the coalface. It keeps me focused about what messages we needed to get across about ourselves as a charity.”

    Alice Walters, Strategic Development Manager at Thrive.org.uk
    Alice Walters
    Strategic Development Manager, Thrive
  • “I really appreciate your work on what for my parents is such an important project. I am glad that the fund has been developing so positively and swiftly.”

    David Evans, fundholder of the Maggie Evans Fund
    David Evans
    Maggie Evans Fund
  • “The huge satisfaction to be gained from spending one’s time in giving in your later years far outweighs any pleasures that you can possibly gain on the golf course, on the beach or on the back of the yacht in the Mediterranean sipping martinis.”

    Michael Oglesby, a UK businessman and philanthropist
    Mike Oglesby
    Coutts Million Pound Donor Report
  • “I like to have something worthwhile to get up for each morning… I find that the larger and more strategic the gift, the more pleasure I get out of it.”

    Dame Stephanie Shirley, a British businesswoman and philanthropist
    Dame Stephanie Shirley
    Coutts Million Pound Donor Report
  • “I can’t get over it; I’m still shaking when I talk about it. It’s just incredible… I feel a bit guilty about getting so much pleasure out of giving!”

    Terry Bramall, a UK businessman and philanthropist
    Terry Bramall
    Coutts Million Pound Donor Report
  • “Generosity is the best investment.”

    Diane Von Furstenberg, a fashion designer and philanthropist
    Diane von Fürstenberg
    Fashion designer
  • “Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”

    Warren Buffet, an American business magnate, investor and philanthropist
    Warren Buffet
    Philanthropist
  • “It is more difficult to give money away intelligently than to earn it in the first place.”

    Andrew Carnegie, a 19th century Scottish American industrialist and philanthropist
    Andrew Carnegie
    Philanthropist
  • “The overriding aim of LYP is to bring hope for the future to young people, some of whom have given up on expecting anything positive out of life.”

    Richard Colebrook, founder of the Leys Youth Programme
    Richard Colbrook
    Project Leader, Leys Youth Programme
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Ark T Centre

The Ark T Centre is an arts project in East Oxford, and is situated in a high-risk area for Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE). Ark T is an open and inclusive community, where people, art, and powerful ideas come together, using the transformative powers of creativity to change lives.

SOFEA

SOFEA alleviates multiple social problems: the need for jobs and training for disadvantaged young people; the demand for nutritious food for vulnerable people; and the danger of supplies from the food industry going to waste.

Good Food Oxford (GFO)

Good Food Oxford supports the existing work of many organisations in and around the city working to make our food system more nourishing, less wasteful and more sustainable.

Thrive

Thrive offers activity clubs and mentoring for young people in two of Oxford’s most deprived areas – Blackbird Leys and Barton. Their clubs and activities are countering the effects of social exclusion.