Our President and Vice Presidents
Tim Stevenson, OCF president
Sir Tim Stevenson KCVO OBE
President

Biography

Tim Stevenson has been President of Oxfordshire Community Foundation since 2008, when he was appointed Lord Lieutenant. He has an MA in Jurisprudence from Worcester College Oxford, was called to the Bar in 1971 and is a member of the Inner Temple. He has worked in senior positions at Castrol International, Burmah Castrol, Travis Perkins, Morgan Crucible and Johnson Matthey. His interests include hill walking, modern art, music and reading.

Sir Hugo Brunner, OCF patron
Sir Hugo Brunner KCVO
Vice President

Biography

Sir Hugo is a former Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire, and is a sterling proponent of our work. An enthusiastic supporter of the installation of blue plaques throughout Oxfordshire, his family home was Greys Court in south Oxfordshire and he now lives in North Oxford. He enjoys hill walking and has used his hobby to raise money for charity.

Steven Croft
Rt Rev Dr Steven Croft, Bishop of Oxford
Vice President

Biography

The Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft studied at Worcester College, Oxford. He was a member of the Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence until 2020 and was appointed to the Lords Environment and Climate Change Committee in 2021. At the heart of Bishop Steven’s ministry is a desire to engage in the wider community. He has worked creatively with Anglicans of all traditions in a very diverse diocese, as well as with civic and community leaders and the leaders of other churches and other faiths.

Our Board of Trustees
Ian Busby
Ian Busby
Chair of Trustees

Biography

Ian spent a number of years as a civil servant before becoming a management consultant at Deloitte. As a Partner, he led the European e-commerce practice. He then became CEO of a US/UK venture capital-funded tech start-up that was an early promoter of online solutions to business. Ian is an Oxford resident committed to bettering wellbeing across the county. In 2012 he was appointed the first Chair of the Board of the NHS Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, which oversees health services for over 700,000 people living in Oxfordshire. He was also deputy chair of an Oxford schools academy trust.

Anne Davies
Anne Davies
Trustee and Grants Panel Chair

Biography

Anne is a senior IT professional with international experience at large multi-national corporations. She thrives on sorting out difficult situations and delivering business transformation and value through technological innovation across all areas of a business, including content and intellectual management, business analysis, supply chain management, financials, sales and distribution. After a 26-year career delivering IT systems for a series of high-profile publishing houses, she now works as an independent consultant, and is a regular speaker at seminars and conferences.

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Imam Monawar Hussain, MBE DL
Trustee

Biography

Monawar is Muslim Tutor at Eton College, Muslim Chaplain at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, and Founder of the Oxford Foundation, a charity that promotes religious and racial harmony. He has contributed to a number of books on spirituality, and was High Sheriff of Oxfordshire in 2021-22, focusing on thanking and celebrating the county’s COVID-19 heroes. Monawar serves as an advisor to a number of national charities including the World Congress of Faiths, The Oxford Trust, History of Science Museum (University of Oxford), the Dalai Lama Centre for Compassion, Prison Phoenix Trust, NHS Faith Leadership Advisory Board, and the NSPCC National Advisory Group on Safeguarding and Muslim Children. He was awarded the prestigious Sternberg Interfaith Gold Medallion for interfaith services in March 2020.

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Grant Phillips
Trustee and Treasurer

Biography

An Oxford graduate, Grant has been an Associate Fellow of the Said Business School, University of Oxford, since 2007. This followed a 29-year career with the Barclays group, serving in the UK and overseas. Grant has a particular interest in leadership development in the charitable sector, and is an active member of Oxfordshire Charity Mentors, with an increasing focus on CEO/trustee board relationships. UK charity work includes Chair and trustee of two drug rehabilitation charities and, for four years, Vice Chair of the Orwell Youth Prize. A qualified rugby referee and past Vice Chair of Berkshire RFU and Chair of the Berkshire RFU Referees Society, Grant now tries to keep fit by running 50km per week.

Neil Preddy
Neil Preddy
Trustee

Biography

Neil is an advisor and marketing consultant to several innovative companies and start-ups in marketing data and research. Previously he was Senior Vice President of Product Marketing at Oxford-based marketing measurement company Nielsen. Neil began his career with Nielsen in Client Service in the UK and subsequently held responsibilities for a number of different areas of the business, including SVP for Strategic Initiatives for Nielsen in New York, and VP Marketing for Nielsen Europe in Wavre, Belgium.

Estella Wild
Trustee

Biography

Estella is a frontline manager within the Response Recovery Campus, a service which supports people with severe and enduring mental health issues on their journey of recovery and integration back into the wider community following psychiatric admission or as a means of support to avoid admission into psychiatric hospital. She has 10 years’ experience in the voluntary sector, primarily working in mental health and housing settings, alongside a number of voluntary roles including volunteering with Tandem Befriending Service and Oxfordshire Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis. She holds a degree in Jurisprudence from the University of Oxford. Estella has joined OCF through the Oxford Hub Trustee Programme, which provides training for younger prospective trustees and trustees from diverse backgrounds in an effort to broaden the experience base of charity boards within the UK.

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Zoe Sprigings
Chief Executive Officer

Biography

Zoe is OCF’s new CEO, having been recruited over the summer. Zoe started her role officially at the end of October, although she took the time to attend the UKCF Conference in Manchester, which brought together nearly 400 people from over 40 community foundations across the UK and worldwide.  Zoe was previously Director of Business Planning and Reporting at C40 Cities, a global charity that supports 100 major cities across the world to take climate action. Zoe is an Oxfordshire resident, and in her spare time volunteers as an English teacher to refugees across the county.

Annette Ahern
Annette Ahern
Deputy CEO

Biography

Annette stepped in as Interim CEO until  Zoe started her role and is now Deputy CEO. She has worked at OCF since 2013, heading up our grants function and overseeing strong governance across OCF. Annette previously 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, and more recently she has been 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. Annette lives in Oxford and has two grown-up children.

Sarah Cooper
Sarah Changizi-Cooper
Grants Officer

Biography

Sarah has worked in the buying, operations and administrative side of retail and property businesses over a number of years, before and after having a family. She has a degree in Business Administration and is the founder of a luxury women’s knitwear label. OCF is her first step in to the world of charity, which is a personal interest of hers, particularly in relation to helping the elderly and isolated and families and children in the local area.

Mitch Ho
Mitch Ho
Interim Finance Manager

Biography

Mitch is a Chartered Accountant with many years of experience gained with national and multinational organisations in the retail, logistics and hospitality industries. He brings skills in producing management accounts, balance sheet reconciliation and preparing for audit.

Kate Parrinder
Kate Parrinder
Head of Development

Biography

Kate is responsible for building relationships with individuals, businesses and charitable funders, helping them to direct their generosity where it is most needed. Before taking up this role Kate worked as OCF’s communications lead for eight years, and so has an extensive knowledge of our donor community, funding priorities and impact. She joined OCF after nine years at local business psychology firm OPP Ltd, where she was responsible for digital and print communications, book publishing and translation. Kate has a Master’s degree in Literary Translation from UEA, and studied English and French at Warwick University. She volunteers as a Guide leader in North Oxford, and is a trustee of WATSAN, a water and sanitation charity providing aid to impoverished rural communities in Uganda.

At OCF, we could not even entertain our ambitions as a leading support organisation for the charitable sector without the help of other organisations. We are connected with many networks, and achieve more by working in partnership – including with four strategic programmes initially incubated by OCF. Find out more about our partners

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