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.
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.
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 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.”
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.”
Mackenzie has over ten years’ experience in leadership roles for organisations that offer support and better opportunities to people from all walks of life.
In 2019 he traded the hustle and bustle of London in for a slower pace of life beside the Chilterns. He volunteers as Chair of the Finance Committee for one of the largest secondary schools in West London whose assets exceed £62m. A fan of everything active, he can be found participating in anything from frisbee to hiking.
Mackenzie says: “Imagine if we could reach all the people in Oxfordshire who need help the most.”
Before joining OCF Suzy was CEO of a community organisation in Hammersmith and Fulham, involved in delivering projects such as Social Prescribing, Community Champions and forming a Neighbourhood Forum. Prior to that she worked in prisons, courts and in the community to support people with complex needs, and on a project supporting drug and alcohol users. She has degrees in Management and Psychology, and Forensic Psychology.
Suzy has been a trustee at a children’s centre helping families facing homelessness. She now lives in Oxford with her family and is enjoying the benefits of the wonderful Oxfordshire greenery, getting out and about in the parks!
Suzy says: “My role at OCF is the perfect opportunity to bring my experience from the charitable sector to the community in which I now live.”
Bee has spent her career providing information and advice and managing services for older people and their carers. Until 2016 she worked with Age UK Oxfordshire, including running activities in Banbury. She has had considerable experience of fundraising in her various work roles, as a trustee of St Mary’s Day Centre in Bloxham, and for other voluntary groups.
Bee finds great satisfaction in working on her allotment, is a keen amateur artist and enjoys learning Spanish, swimming, cycling, yoga and Zumba. She is a regional representative and speaker for the Toybox Charity, which works with Street Children. She is an active member of her local church, runs a fellowship group at a local care home and instigated and runs an annual Community Christmas lunch.
Born and bred in the area, and with family connections to Banbury which stretch back generations, Bee is full of enthusiasm for the prospect of making a difference for local older people by helping to make Banbury an Age Friendly Town.
Bee is married, with 4 grown up children, and is expecting her first grandchild with pleasure. She is a graduate of Oxford University.
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 District Commissioner, 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.”
Nicki has joined OCF from a marketing and advertising background, working both in the UK and the UAE. She has worked on a wide range of brands including Lindt Chocolate, Bicester Village, The Perfume Shop, Marriott and ART to name a few.
Nicki volunteers with VIVA as a children’s Advocate, and at Waddesdon Manor helping with their wine tasting events, whilst also enjoying the Oxfordshire countryside with her cockapoo – George.
Nicki says: “Working with OCF is a great opportunity to get involved with projects that make a difference and encourage a discussion about how we can help improve people’s lives.”
After studying Business Studies with French at Sheffield Hallam University, Yvonne joined Peugeot Motor Company and embarked on a career spanning sales, marketing and project management. More recently she is focusing on projects that have an impact on people’s lives, and has been a School Governor at a local primary for five years, and volunteered for Helen and Douglas House.
Yvonne lives in Oxford with her husband and two children and enjoys good food and wine, but confesses that her husband is a far better chef than she is. She also spends lots of her time watching her children compete in tennis and football tournaments.
Yvonne says: “I am so excited to be part of the wonderful team at OCF, and am delighted to have found a role that plays to my strengths whilst really giving me the opportunity to make a difference to the lives of people in the city I now call home.”
Monika is from Brno in the Czech Republic. She studied for a Masters degree in Geology at Masaryk University in Brno, with one semester in Spain at the University of Alicante. She worked in the HR department at Carphone Warehouse for two years before moving to the UK in March 2017. She volunteered at OCF for six months before joining the staff team.
Monika lives in Cowley Oxford with her partner and enjoys reading, gastronomy and yoga, and is learning to speak Spanish.
Monika says: “I find working at OCF challenging and satisfying, as I can contribute to making people happy, and life in Oxfordshire more enjoyable.”
Louise has joined OCF after recently upskilling in digital marketing and social media management. She has experience working with a variety of clients managing their social media platforms and offers operational expertise in managing Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram business accounts.
Louise lives in Woodstock and has two young children. She often enjoys visits to Blenheim with the children and getting out in the fresh air! She enjoys running and being part of a local running group.
Louise says: “Working for OCF is a great opportunity to get involved in and promote the work the charity does to improve people’s lives for the better in Oxfordshire.”
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.”
After a career in marketing including banking and public sector roles, 12 years ago Kate stepped out to raise her family while her husband’s role took them to live across Europe, in Amsterdam, Istanbul, Moscow and Geneva. She was involved in each school community and most recently ran the Primary School PTA.
Kate moved back to South Oxfordshire where her three daughters still keep her very busy. She spends her free time catching up on TV box sets, going to the cinema, at the gym or walking their Russian rescue dog.
Kate says: “I am excited to refresh my skills in a new work environment, while learning about local issues and helping OCF make a difference across the county.”
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 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.