“It is so uplifting to meet so many people blessed with generous hearts and a deep sense of community.”
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
Paul’s early career was with Mars, Coca-Cola and Schweppes before entering the tech sector in senior roles at Apple Computer, BT, and Cable and Wireless. He was Regional CEO at Vodafone for five years, followed by further CEO roles at Irish telecomms company Eir, and Odeon & UCI Cinemas Group. He is currently a director of Arqiva Group, and CEO of Parktown Consulting. Paul is a Companion of the Chartered Institute of Management and holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Bradford. He is Commercial Fellow and advisor at The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, where until recently he was COO. He has lived in Oxfordshire since 2004.
Sara graduated from Merton College in 2009, where she studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics. After university, she stayed in Oxford and grew the Student Hubs network, which runs volunteering and social action programmes in the higher education sector. She received a Cranfield Trust scholarship to complete an Executive MBA at Cranfield University, where she developed her vision to grow social action across Oxford City. She now leads the Oxford Hub, a place-based charity that brings people and organisations together to address inequality and build a better city. Sara is passionate about diverse trustee boards and has served as a trustee at Student Minds and Age UK Oxfordshire. Outside of work, Sara is involved in youth work volunteering and foster care. Sara lives in Oxford and was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for Oxfordshire in 2020.
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 is currently High Sheriff of Oxfordshire, 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.
Wanja is an experienced entrepreneur in the UK, Kenya and internationally, she has also worked in administration at the University of Oxford for more than a decade. In the last two years, she served as a trustee for a local breastfeeding support charity, focusing on diversity as well as an advisor in research projects regarding BAME experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Wanja is the founder of RISE Project, an international non-profit dedicated to reducing representation bias in education and digital healthcare applications.
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 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.
David has had a long civil service career overseeing corporate governance, finance, strategy and policy in a variety of government departments. He held senior positions in the Ministry of Agriculture, helping address the BSE and foot and mouth crises, before moving to the Department for Communities and Local Government, where he worked on empowering communities, finance and corporate change. There he became Finance Director (and a qualified accountant) and acting Director General, and later took on similar roles in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, where he was the lead director for the 2015 Spending Review, and reformed the finance function; and led the Office for Civil Society, and a major cultural project. He is now undertaking a variety of paid and unpaid roles in addition to his work at OCF, including as a trustee of the Earth Trust, and of a charity that houses vulnerable veterans.
Wendy is currently Social Responsibility Officer at Oxford Brookes University, where she has been employed since 2012. As a part of the Community Engagement & Social Responsibility Team, Wendy provides expertise in community and stakeholder engagement, project and event management. She works to establish, develop and maintain positive relationships with local residents, community groups and agencies and to help raise the profile of the University. Wendy holds a Master of Science in Tourism, Environment and Development from Oxford Brookes and a degree in Tourism Management from Inholland University of Applied Sciences.
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.
“It is so uplifting to meet so many people blessed with generous hearts and a deep sense of community.”
“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.”
“Prosperity requires not just investment in economic capital, but also in social capital. Community foundations are playing a critical role in helping to deliver a more inclusive capitalism.”
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
“I give for a mixture of motives: I do it to make my life more interesting; I do it to make myself feel a better person. I do it because I can; to have the pleasure associated with mixing with the people whose fields I support. I do it for the dream of actually achieving something!”
“I opened a fund with OCF because of their knowledge, expertise and extensive contacts. I set this up now as I wanted to be part of it, to make my dream come true in helping the very young – the fund encompasses everything I’ve done in the past and expands the impact I’ve achieved”.
“OCF’s knowledge and resources drive real change. They unlock the power of community, allowing people to feel more connected to those around them, and for all who live in Oxfordshire to have better lives.”
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’s mission is to enable the transformation of people’s lives, and their communities, with a major focus on young people. They enable people to fulfil their potential through work, wellbeing, study and purpose projects, providing the means of reducing the immediate effects of disadvantage by relieving food insecurity in the wider community.
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.