I joined Oxfordshire Youth as a Trustee in 2012 having come into contact with an inspiring group of young people through the National Citizenship Service that Oxfordshire Youth was coordinating. Since then I became Vice-Chair in 2016 and then Chair in 2018 continuing to help shape Oxfordshire Youth into a model 21st century youth charity. I hold an MA Jurisprudence from Oxford University and I am also the Director of Oxford Fashion Studio which supports independent designers around the world to present their work in New York, London, Milan and Paris. If you have any questions for me, or if I can help you, then please reach out and say hello!
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.