Sir Hugo Brunner, OCF patron
Sir Hugo Brunner KCVO


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.

Tim Stevenson, OCF president
Tim Stevenson OBE
Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire


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.

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John Taylor
John Taylor
Chair of Trustees


John was CEO of the Austrian based international plastics and petrochemical company Borealis AG until his retirement in 2007. During this time he successfully led a major company transformation, including establishing it as a leader in safety performance. This involved championing fundamental changes to company and asset strategy, and driving operational excellence across the full range of business functions. Previously, John was CEO of British Nuclear Fuels PLC, and worked at Exxon Chemical for 26 years in the UK, Belgium and the USA. Today he is Vice Chairman of The Friends of Dorchester Abbey, a trustee of Response Organisation, an Oxfordshire Charity Mentor and a Chemical Industry Advisor for CVC Capital Partners.

Glyn Benson
Glyn Benson


Glyn is a trained midwife and has been involved in the community for 20 years as a Citizens Advice Bureau advisor. She is a trustee of both Nuffield Orthopaedic Hospital Charity and Family Mediation. She has also been a member of the Appeals Tribunal Service for over 25 years.

Nick Case
Nick Case


Nick is a chartered accountant who qualified with KPMG and has worked in the United States, Hong Kong and the UK as a corporate finance advisor. He has since worked in a venture capital business, investing in early-stage companies in the finance sector, and with a number of young biotech and web-based companies. Most recently he has become involved in the voluntary sector, and has taken responsibility for finance at a local charity that assists the lonely and isolated across the Cotswolds. As part of his role he has championed a project aimed at improving their befriending service through the use of tablet computers.

Laura Chapman
Laura Chapman
Chair of Grants Panel


Laura was Chief Executive of the Freemasons’ Grand Charity for 16 years. During that time, she oversaw a grant-making programme with an annual expenditure of approximately £5m. In her earlier career, she headed up BT’s award-winning Community Affairs Programme, responsible for the evaluation and selection of economic development, social welfare and cultural projects. Laura has worked as a freelance consultant for Business in the Community and CSR activities, and in the evaluation of public policy initiatives primarily in urban regeneration and community development.

Anne Davies
Anne Davies


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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Lady Amanda Phillips


Amanda has senior private and public sector management experience. She has worked in the City and as a Senior Civil Servant in the DoH Policy and Strategy Directorate, as part of a Whitehall initiative to improve the delivery of health targets by embedding private sector programme managers. Using her expertise in change management and business planning, she now has a couple of non-executive roles, including as a trustee on the Board of the Centre for Public Scrutiny, a charity dedicated to promoting accountability and inclusion in the delivery of public services.

Neil Preddy
Neil Preddy


Neil is 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.

Olivia Tomlin
Olivia Tomlin
Visiting Trustee


We are delighted to welcome Olivia Tomlin as a guest to our Trustee Board. Olivia is a second-year student at Merton College, Oxford, and is taking part in the Young Trustee Programme developed by Student Hubs. She is currently studying Classics at Oxford University, and has a range of previous experience, including volunteering with Oxford Hub, where she coordinated a project working with disadvantaged young people.

Jane Wates
Jane Wates OBE


For over 30 years Jane has either chaired or been a member of grant-making committees for a diverse range of charitable organisations, including The Wates Foundation and The National Lottery. She has been involved with Oxfordshire Community Foundation since it was established in 1995. In 1999 she was awarded the OBE for her charitable work in the community.

If you would like to find out more about giving your time and expertise as a trustee, take a look at the job description below or contact us.

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  • “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
  • “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
  • “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
  • “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

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 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 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.