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My career has 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. I 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.
Michael Watkinson MBE
Treasurer of Oxfordshire Youth, previous CEO for 34 years. I am a trustee because after spending most of my life working in youth work, it seemed natural to try and share my expertise at board level.
Deputy Lieutenant of Oxfordshire, Trustee of YoCO (Youth Challenge Oxfordshire), Chair of Oxford Playhouse Development Committee, Patron of Archway and Carousel Abingdon (Childrens Centre), Used to run PACT Family Centre in Sutton Courtney. Keen interest in young people and the environment. 4 children (1 deceased) and 3 grandchildren.
I started my career in primary and secondary education both in the UK and internationally. I led a major transformation programme for Bermuda Government centred around changing perceptions, behaviours and levels of self-esteem in young people which was a defining experience for me. For the last twenty years, I have studied and worked in the field of Leadership and Organisational Development. I became a trustee at Oxfordshire Youth because I felt that I could support organisational growth and renewal and I was keen to influence how we support young people to know and understand themselves, so that they can strive to be authentic leaders.
Felicity became a Trustee of OY in 2017, and hugely enjoys being part of a forward looking, dynamic charity with Oxfordshire’s young people at its heart.She was previously Head of Oxford High,and Abingdon, and has served on various boards and committees including the University of Buckingham, and Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
I live in Oxford, where I have brought up my family; I have a legal background, having practised as a solicitor for over 25 years, and was a governor of a local school. I really enjoy being a Trustee of Oxfordshire Youth, a forward-looking organisation providing excellent support to local youth clubs, which helps their members learn skills and grow in confidence and achieve their true potential; working with the Oxfordshire Youth management team, who are so committed to achieving this outcome, is a great pleasure.
I am Oxfordshire based and have many years’ experience in the financial sector. I became a trustee of OY because I believe I can give valuable support to the fantastic work that Jodie and the team are doing on the front line with youth and youth workers of Oxfordshire.
Samuel John Isaacs
Samuel Isaacs is a digital creative, entrepreneur and lover of art. He is currently the Head of Digital for a European Communications Company. When he was a teenager, Sam discovered his passion for digital media and art through a youth charity in Oxfordshire. To give back to the organisations that have fuelled his career, he has joined Oxfordshire Youth as a trustee.
Darius Smith is a fashion and lifestyle blogger, YouTuber and social media manager 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 even 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.
Mark Dessain is a chartered accountant who trained and worked for Ernst & Young before joining Unipart Group in Oxford. He undertook several different financial roles in the Group over the years and was Director-Corporate Finance on retirement in June 2016. He continues to be a pension trustee on various Unipart Group pension schemes. He is married and lives in north Oxfordshire where he has resided for many years.
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