““At OY, I work with some of the most creative-minded, passionate people I have encountered and this makes coming to work an absolute pleasure. We all dream of a future where every young person in Oxfordshire is championed and sees their unlimited potential. That’s a powerful thing to be a part of.”“
Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill became President of Oxfordshire Youth in 2007, when her father the 11th Duke of Marlborough stepped down from the post in favour of his daughter. Blenheim has been a supporter of our work for over 60 years since the 10th duke became President of the Oxfordshire Association of Boys Clubs as we were known in the 1960s. We are very fortunate to have Henrietta’s continued support and involvement.
Mike has made a tremendous contribution to Oxfordshire Youth. In 1974 he became Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and remained in post for 30 years. He is responsible for many major achievements including: massively expanding our support to other youth organisations, The A Team and the Van Project which were innovative mobile projects bringing physical activities and information to young people in rural Oxfordshire, creating the Community Sports Leader Award and introducing mobile youth clubs using an adored double-decker bus! Since stepping down as CEO, Mike has been an invaluable source of support as a trustee, and at various times as a treasurer, helping to steer Oxfordshire Youth at board-level. He has given five decades of dedicated service and Oxfordshire Youth is proud to have him as its Vice President.
Chair of trustees
I am the director of Oxford Fashion Studio, a runway show and campaign management business supporting growing fashion brands and representing raw authentic design talent.
A strong supporter of Oxfordshire and a graduate of Oxford University, I have been a trustee of Oxfordshire Youth since 2011 and became Chair in 2014, overseeing the organisation’s recent expansion.
A belief in social inclusion runs through all my personal and professional projects and I bring to Oxfordshire Youth an authentic understanding that creating a future for and with young people gives them the best possible opportunity to realise their potential.
Deputy Chair of Oxfordshire Youth
I was Managing Director of the Educational and Children’s Division of Oxford University Press and then Managing Director of Egmont Books UK. Later, after studying philosophy, I became a magistrate, and worked as a consultant for youth and enterprise charities. Having worked on curriculum development and qualifications for the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy which supports young people to gain qualifications while running their own businesses, I put my skill set to good use at WorldSkills UK, Next Gen Skills Academy and the Combined Cadet Force Association. My hobbies include books, travel, tai chi, and my grandchildren.
A doctoral student based in Oxford and passionate about youth social action, I bring a professional background in higher education supporting disabled and disadvantaged students to Oxfordshire Youth. A strong advocate for the importance of volunteering, I am the National Youth Participation Lead for St John Ambulance and an #iWill ambassador responsible for co-creating the national ten-year Vision for Volunteering. In my spare time, I can be found ice-skating, reading, or working on my latest crochet project.
Joining Oxfordshire Youth as a trustee in 2017, I moved onto its Events Committee. I am a retired solicitor with a background in commercial, employment and food law. Having been an in-house lawyer for Nestle UK for 17 years, I have also been involved with several charities as a volunteer or trustee, including Lawyers Against Poverty. I have three children and have recently become a granny. My hobbies include sailing and swimming.
I became involved in OY during the pandemic and became a trustee in January 2021. I have a passion for levelling up and supporting young people to achieve their potential. Having grown up in the Cynon Valley I went on to study at Aberystwyth University before moving to London.
I’m currently a CIO Director at Barclays leading digital and technology initiatives and have a passion for technology and the opportunities it can bring to transform lives. I feel strongly that with the right support, it can be a greater connector for young people and an enabler for minorities to support each other. My career has encompassed a wide range of digital transformation and innovation roles across several high street names and I mentor start-ups and people wanting to develop a technology career.
Outside of my work I try to keep fit by running and hiking when not spending time with my family in South Oxfordshire.
Trustee with Safeguarding Responsibility
A trustee with Oxfordshire Youth since November 2020 I am the lead for safeguarding and Chair of its Safeguarding and Quality Impact committee. I started as a student nurse in London in 1980, working in community health services as a health visitor before moving to Oxfordshire with my family in the late nineties to work as a health nurse in schools. I moved into safeguarding services and then senior nursing leadership roles within Community and Mental Health services with oversight of training, supervision and quality governance plus working with partner agencies such as social care and education.
I am still a registered nurse and my current role is Head of Service for community hospitals providing inpatient rehabilitation for older adults. Outside of my career, I spend time with family, gardening, walking our dog and on long distance walks along national trails with friends.
I am a humanities university student with a particular interest in gender-based violence. I founded the award-winning online magazine Collective Conversationz – a non for profit, online community magazine and youth group that gives people from marginalised communities a creative platform to express themselves. Collective Conversationz also provides opportunities for the younger generation to follow various career and academic pathways that they may not have had the chance to access before.
An experienced Chief Executive and Finance Director, I have held leadership positions in a variety of organisations throughout my career which includes roles at the BBC, Shoosmiths and Tees Law.
I have a keen interest in supporting the voluntary sector and am Chair of Rainbows Hospice as well as treasurer for Oxfordshire Youth. Outside work, you can find me riding my motorbike or hanging out with my young grandson.rector at Barclays leading digital and technology initiatives, my career has been built on a wide range of technology roles involving digital transformation and innovation across several high street names.
When not spending time with my family in South Oxfordshire, I enjoy keeping fit by running and hiking and fundraise for OY by completing the Oxford Half half marathon. I am passionate about diversity, equality and providing opportunities for young people to be inspired and achieve.
I am an experienced corporate and commercial counsel with extensive experience in working for well known firms including Shell, Barclays and BT. My current position is senior corporate/commercial in-house lawyer at Westfield Europe Ltd. with responsibility for its corporate social responsibility and community engagement matters. I am a previous Chair of Refugee Rights Europe and a mentor for sixth form students and continue to mentor business managers at Westfield and sit on the steering committee of Stronger Together which tackles modern slavery in supply chains. Married with two children, I enjoy opera, theatre, travelling, reading and cooking for friends and family.
I am currently studying Political Science and International Relations at the University of Birmingham.
A passionate believer in the power of youth voice, I bring with me a wealth of experience from my time as a spokesperson for Girlguiding UK and as a British Youth Council Delegate.
Chief Executive Officer
In my leadership I am committed to deep system change in order to break down barriers and better the lives of young people. I am extremely dedicated to and passionate about youth work, youth voice and equality. In addition to my role as Oxfordshire Youth’s CEO, I am also Vice-Chair of the Children’s Trust in Oxfordshire, Chair of the Children and Young People’s Forum, Co-chair of the Charity Leaders’ Forum and a member of the Thames Valley Police, Violence Reduction Unit strategy board.
I am a keen runner and have completed many challenges including a 100k ultra marathon. I have two children and love to travel and be outdoors as much as possible.
Head of YPSA
I have 16 years voluntary sector experience in a variety of areas from sexual health, substance misuse and criminal justice, through to youth work, probation, prisons, homlessness and mental health. I am extremely driven, work well under pressure and love supporting others. I have over 10 years experience in operational management and take pride in supporting teams and services to make positive changes and deliver innovative projects and services.
In my spare time I enjoy visiting the gym, walking my two dogs Peggy and Olive and spending time with family and friends.
Deputy CEO and Director of Innovation and Growth
I combine my personal experience of the care system with two decades of work in the voluntary sector. My career has involved targeted youth work in care-homes, pupil referral units and with young women survivors of exploitation as well as community arts design for regional and national youth programmes, fundraising, and most recently being a charity CEO.
I love music, theatre, reading, creative writing, time with family, walking in nature, meditation and early morning kitchen discos with my two boys.
Head of Youth Development
In my role, I have strategic oversight across all of Oxfordshire Youth’s youth skills, youth voice and youth sector support programmes, including large scale events and high-quality learning and development for the sector. I have over 20 years’ experience in the design and delivery of community programmes and specialise in high-level relationship building and advocacy with partner and donor organisations.
In my spare time, I am a judge for ‘Jack Petchey’s “Speak Out” Challenge!’ which is funded by Speakers Trust, and I enjoy boxing sessions three times a week.
Senior HR Manager
In my role as Senior HR Manager for Oxfordshire Youth, my job is to look after our staff team. I focus on recruiting our amazing people and I help to make OY a great place for everyone to work. Ensuring all our employees are able to access learning and development opportunities relevant to professional and personal ambitions is a really important part of my job. I also lead on seeing that OY lives out its organisational values as an employer by focusing on staff wellbeing and thinking about inclusivity, supporting our team members with everything they need to do their jobs well.
Outside of work, my passions are travelling, cooking and spending time in the countryside with my family and dog.