It’s Trustees’ Week this month (2 – 6 November 2020). Our CEO, Jodie Lloyd-Jones, marks the occasion by introducing and thanking Oxfordshire Youth’s fantastic board of trustees.

Oxfordshire Youth’s vision is for all young people to be empowered, feel respected and know that they are valued. We have amazing staff who have committed their lives to creating better lives and opportunities for young people. What often does not get recognised is the contribution of the Trustee Board in meeting a charity’s mission and charitable objectives. OY has 10 trustees and each and every one of them makes a huge contribution to the successes of the charity.

It can be a huge challenge at times, but ultimately knowing that you have volunteered your time to making a significant difference in society is hugely commendable. Here is just a small snippet of recognition for the wonderful trustees at OY.

Carl Anglim
Carl joined Oxfordshire Youth as a Trustee in 2012 having come into contact with an inspiring group of young people through the National Citizen Service that Oxfordshire Youth was coordinating. He became Vice-Chair in 2016 and Chair in 2018. He holds an MA Jurisprudence from Oxford University and is a global businessman, the Director of Oxford Fashion Studio, supporting independent designers around the world. Carl creates a forward-thinking, collaborative and calm environment that looks to get the best out of the Trustees and of OY. He likes to remind people of why they are here and has facilitated some significant shifts in culture and process during his time with OY.

Thank you, Carl, for your unwavering commitment to young people and for believing in Oxfordshire Youth.

Fiona Clarke
Deputy Chair
Fiona’s career spanned senior management roles in educational and children’s publishing, education/business links across Oxfordshire, and business development for charities and skills organisations, with a focus on young people and enterprise. She became a trustee of OY to help develop a sustainable strategy for the organisation, so that it can continue to serve more young people in the future. Fiona has a great eye for detail, likes a good strategy document, and is keen to push OY to perform to high standards, Fiona’s commitment to supporting the Board and the CEO as line manager, plus offering a huge amount of her time where needed, is massively valued.

Thank you, Fiona, for your unwavering commitment to young people and for believing in Oxfordshire Youth.

Margie Jarvis
For the last twenty years, Margie has studied and worked in the field of Leadership and Organisational Development. She became a trustee at Oxfordshire Youth to support organisational growth and renewal and is keen to support young people to become authentic leaders. Margie led OY on the recruitment of its Chair and Chaired a subcommittee for OYs recent transformation that saw her supporting OY on a daily basis throughout lockdown. Margie is not afraid to ask difficult questions which has massively contributed to OY’s new ways of operating.

Thank you, Margie, for your unwavering commitment to young people and for believing in Oxfordshire Youth.

Darius Smith
Our youngest Trustee
Darius is a fashion and lifestyle blogger and YouTuber who also loves to write, dance and inspire. He first got involved in local politics in secondary school which helped him to find his love for event planning and fundraising. He was nominated for a fundraising award affiliated with Oxfordshire Youth before he even knew the charity. Now, Darius uses his creativity, knowledge of social media and passion for young people to help Oxfordshire Youth as a trustee. We are super lucky to have Darius as a trustee; the charisma, creativity and passion that he brings to OY is inspirational. Darius is a co-host of The Oxfordshire Youth Podcast #AreYouListening.

Thank you, Darius, for your unwavering commitment to young people and for believing in Oxfordshire Youth.

Richard Venables
Richard is a Chartered Surveyor and jointly formed VSL and Partners in 2002. He was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for Oxfordshire in 2017 and High Sherriff of Oxfordshire for 2018/19. His focus was ‘Youth of Oxfordshire’, in particular sport development in deprived communities and mental health awareness in schools. Richard is a keen runner, is well connected to the challenges the youth sector face and is an advocate of youth leadership. He can be found supporting OY with its premises and its youth development. We are super grateful for the knowledge and experience of the sector that Richard brings.

Thank you, Richard, for your unwavering commitment to young people and for believing in Oxfordshire Youth.

Sue Jackson
Sue was a solicitor for over 25 years, and was recently a governor of a local school. Sue’s attention to detail, especially around contracts, and her positivity and gratitude for the everyday things in life help us all to stay on track and stay positive even when times are tough.

Thank you, Sue, for your unwavering commitment to young people and for believing in Oxfordshire Youth.

Lavinia Abel
Lavinia studied Classics at the University of Cambridge before starting work in the education sector. She is interested in organisational transformation and growth, and is passionate about the work that Oxfordshire Youth does in supporting young people to achieve their potential. Lavina came to OY through a Young Trustee programme and then continued on as Trustee. Lavina carried out a full Trustee Audit that helped OY to think about what skills they would like to bring to the Board. Lavinia always has a some thought provoking insight at board meetings which we are always grateful for.

Thank you, Lavinia, for your unwavering commitment to young people and for believing in Oxfordshire Youth.

Mike Watkinson
Our longest-standing Trustee
After spending most of his life working in youth work and the previous CEO of Oxfordshire Youth for 34 years, Mike is the font of knowledge of OY’s history. As Treasurer, until this year, Mike has spent hours, days, months and years committed to OY. I am not sure how to some up Mikes commitment to OY, other than legendary.

Thank you, Mike, for a life time of unwavering commitment to young people and for believing in Oxfordshire Youth.

Paul Stothard
Paul is an FCA qualified accountant with over 17 years experience in the legal sector. He holds first class leadership, financial and coaching skills and joined OY in August. Paul is our Treasurer supporting us with his extensive finance experience, and he is also a Chair of another charity. In just a couple of months, he sat on a recruitment panel, drafted a business continuity plan and risk register and spent a lot of time working with our Head of Finance getting his head around organisation Finance. Thank you so much for all that you have done in such a short time. OY are lucky to have you onboard.

Thank you, Paul, for your commitment to young people and for believing in Oxfordshire Youth.

Kate Riddle
Our newly appointed trustee has extensive experience in safeguarding and is currently Deputy Director of Nursing at Oxford Health. We are super excited to bring Kate on board who will be chairing our Safeguarding and Quality Sub-Committee.

Thank you, Kate, for your commitment to young people and for joining Oxfordshire Youth.

All of our Trustees are volunteers, they each bring different skills and perspectives and work with the same goal in mind – to better the lives of children and young people in Oxfordshire.

The youth sector in Oxfordshire is always looking for trustees, and with Covid-19 having huge impact on the lives on young people and the charities that serve them, there are some wonderful opportunities for you to get involved and make a difference.

Oxfordshire Youth works for and with a network of 150 organisations that work with children and young people in Oxfordshire. Charities are looking out for people who are wanting to give back and make a difference. Trustees are from all walks of life, all ages, all backgrounds, cultures and range of skill and experience. Please get in touch if you would like to give something back and we can support you to match you to an organisation in Oxfordshire.