Step Change project managers
Gina Almond
Gina Almond
Step Change project manager

Biography

Gina is a knowledgeable and successful Director with over 20 years’ experience in global commercial marketing and product development. She has worked within the corporate environment as well as the charity sector. She has overseen company integrations, internal restructures and business transformations across global organisations. She is currently Director of Fundraising and Marketing at The Brain Tumour Charity where she is tasked with delivering bold marketing and fundraising strategies to commercialise the charity and maximise income. Gina lives in Abingdon.

Bradley Bain
Bradley Bain
Step Change project manager

Biography

Bradley moved to the UK to work in the market research consultancy space five years ago, after receiving his MSc in Marketing and Consumer Studies and working in academic research in Canada. He has worked on a number of projects, including new product design, brand positioning, proposition and concept testing, and user experience research over this time. He is now leveraging his consultancy and academic background to help charities solve similar problems. Bradley lives in Oxford.

Olga Biles
Olga Biles
Step Change project manager

Biography

Olga is an IT project manager with over a decade of experience in the non-profit sector. Having led and managed a wide variety of technology-based initiatives for several global household names, she runs her own consultancy working with clients to design and implement projects where the needs of the business and its people come first. Having made Oxfordshire her home for the last 20 years Olga is keen to share her expertise and pragmatic approach to help local charities succeed.

John Caunt
John Caunt
Step Change project manager

Biography

John has had a long career in scientific instruments, has a Masters in Nuclear Physics and has his own company. He has a wide range of activities and started North Parade Community Market in 2013. He is a member of Oxford Real Tennis Club and is an active member of Park Town Residents Association. He was the Master and past Master of a Livery Company, The Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers.

Andrew Colleran
Andrew Colleran
Step Change project manager

Biography

Andrew has spent his career in IT, working throughout Europe with a variety of organisations, in retail, information services, academia and security, to help them use technology to their advantage. He is now helping several local charities in the same way. Andrew lives in Oxford.

Steven English
Steven English
Step Change project manager

Biography

Steven has over 35 years’ global experience in the chemical industry, and has worked at very senior levels in multinational companies, based in Germany, Switzerland and the USA. He has a strong business development background and more recently has started his own consultancy helping start-up companies fulfil their potential. Steven lives in Oxford.

Gary Gibbs
Gary Gibbs
Step Change project manager

Biography

Gary started his career in the chemical industry, working in research and development before moving to the food industry. He spent many years developing food products, and as a senior manager set the strategic direction for innovation, generating and delivering the business case for each product. More recently Gary used this experience to project manage setting up a new dementia joint research centre. He is a church warden where he lives in Kidlington.

Lisa Mynheer
Lisa Mynheer
Step Change project manager

Biography

Lisa worked in leukaemia research before becoming a founding director of a biotechnology start-up. She then set up and managed the UK’s first fully equipped micro-incubator for new diagnostic technologies, helping entrepreneurs turn their innovations into businesses. Lisa has a PGCE in coaching and facilitation and is now focused on using these skills to support the change in culture required for effective innovation management processes. She lives in Horton cum Studley.

Nick Paladina
Nick Paladina
Step Change project manager

Biography

Nick is a Chartered Accountant, and has spent most of his career in senior management positions in the not-for-profit sector, including in film and theatre, a national museum, professional societies and international education. He has also held several charity board roles, including Chair of the Oxford Literary Festival, St Peter’s College Audit Risk and Remuneration Committee and Treasurer of the Temple Music Foundation. He currently works providing financial guidance to theatre companies, and is a trustee of Phosphoros Theatre and a mentor with Charity Mentors.

Anca Davies-Rusu
Anca Davies-Rusu
Step Change project manager

Biography

Anca is an entrepreneurial innovator, strategic marketer and business technologist, with over 20 years of omnichannel digital transformation experience, working in senior leadership positions across global pharmaceutical industry, telecommunications, banking and financial services, public sector and management consultancy. Anca lives in Wallingford, Oxfordshire.

Graham Shaw
Graham Shaw
Step Change project manager

Biography

Graham has worked for over 25 years as both an executive and non-executive director of commercial companies in diverse industry sectors. He has previous Trustee experience as Chair of the Earth Trust and Treasurer of the Archway Foundation and was Chief Executive of an Oxford-based charity (DIPEx) for five years. Graham is Managing Director of two local technology companies and holds non-executive positions with a private equity investment group and with two technology businesses based in Nottingham. He lives in Dorchester-on-Thames.

Tahmina Sultana
Tahmina Sultana
Step Change project manager

Biography

Tahmina has worked in online retail business, education and financial service organisations. She has a diverse and multi-cultural background and has helped various local educational charities to gain more value through efficient management. She is currently managing an online retail business.

Philip Wootton
Philip Wootton
Step Change project manager

Biography

Philip worked for a large British multi-national for 35 years in senior management positions, then spent 14 years with Business Link, public-sector organisation helping small enterprises thrive. When government funding was withdrawn in 2011 he continued to work for the operating company developing and marketing EU grants to businesses. Philip has been involved with several charities in Oxfordshire and lives in Oxford.

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STEP CHANGE CASE STUDIES

Bridewell Organic Gardens

Bridewell is a mental health recovery service providing social and therapeutic horticulture in a working garden to adults living in Oxfordshire. Their goal is to help people into jobs or voluntary roles out in the wider community.

The Gatehouse

The Gatehouse is a community drop-in centre offering free support services for adults who are homeless, vulnerably housed, on low income and looking for company and community. They offer a free cafe six times a week, therapeutic workshops and a one-to-one casework team.

Archway Foundation

The Archway Foundation helps people in Oxford and Abingdon who feel unwanted, excluded and forgotten, matching them with volunteer befrienders and social networks that give them back a sense of belonging.