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Cherwell CVS
Volunteer Link-Up West Oxfordshire 
Volunteer Connect 
Oxfordshire Youth 
Oxfordshire Community Foundation 
Community First Oxfordshire
Charity Mentors


Our people, mission and values

Office Staff – Volunteer Centre Coordinator
Angela CristofoliBusiness Development – Training Coordinator
John Hayes – Development of Groups
Caroline Marques – Reception, Membership, Meeting Room Bookings
Kathy Shaw – Chief Executive
Vacant – Collaboration and Communications


Kiera Bentley-Mouat – Chair

Kiera has worked professionally in the charity sector for the last 17 years. She was recently shortlisted for The Charity Times ‘Charity Principal of the Year Award 2011’ and is a Voluntary Committee Member for BBC Children in Need advisory panel, as well as running her own social enterprise consultancy providing unconventional support solutions for disadvantaged people.

David Agnew – Trustee
Paula Coutts – Trustee
Maureen Elliot – Treasurer
John McLaughlin – Trustee


Tim Stevenson, OBE 

Appointed 1 September 2008. He has an MA in Jurisprudence from Worcester College Oxford. He was called to the Bar in 1971 and is a member of the Inner Temple. He received the OBE in 2004. Chief Executive of Castrol International 1993-1998; Chief Executive of Burmah Castrol PLC 1998-2000. Chairman of Travis Perkins PLC from 2001-2010 and Chairman of Morgan Crucible PLC 2006-2012. He is currently Chairman of Johnson Matthey PLC. Chair of Governors of Oxford Brookes University 2004-2008. Member of Council at Modern Art Oxford 1998-2004. Interests: hill walking, music and reading.


Colin Fletcher 

Colin Fletcher began his ministry in 1975 as Curate at St Peter’s, Shipley, a large suburban church in the Bradford diocese. In 1979 he became Tutor in Ethics and Early Church History at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, and Curate of St Andrew’s in North Oxford. From June 1984 he was Vicar of Holy Trinity, Margate, and from 1989 to 1993 also Rural Dean of Thanet.

In 1993 Colin was appointed Chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury, and in October 2000 he became Bishop of Dorchester. His work involves him in supporting about 200 churches in Oxfordshire. In addition he has strong links with a variety of groups, such as Creation Theatre Company, Oxford Inspires and Bible Reading Fellowship. He is Chairman of the County-wide Stronger Communities Alliance. Nationally he has a remit for the Church of England in connection with chaplaincy in detention/removal centres and also with the police.

Timothy Hallchurch MBE

Timothy Hallchurch was trained at Sandhurst and served for many years in the Army in Royal Signals and served Aden, Cyprus, Libya, Rhodesia/Zimbabwe, Northern Ireland, Germany, Jordan, the Maldives and organised and ran long range communications during the Falklands conflict. He later worked in the defence industry and commanded the Queen’s Own Oxfordshire Hussars as a TA officer and was also Military Liaison Officer for Oxfordshire as an acting Lieutenant Colonel. He is also a Cherwell District Councillor and was Chairman of Cherwell District Council for the year 2011-12.

Ann Spokes- Symonds

Ann Spokes Symonds was Organising Secretary of Age Concern Oxford (formerly Old People’s Welfare Committee) from 1959 to 1980 and Organising Secretary of the Oxford Council of Social Service (later OCVA) from 1950 to 1974. She chaired Age Concern England from 1983 to 1986 and served on the National Council of Social Service (as it then was). When she was an Oxfordshire County Councillor (1974-1985) she chaired the Association of County Councils Social Services Committee (1978-1982). She was Vice-Chairman of the Personal Social Services Council, served on the Board of Anchor Housing, the Prince of Wales Advisory Group on Disablity. Oftel Committee for Disabled and Elderly People and the Hearing Aid Council. She was a City Councillor (1957-1995), Lord Mayor (1976-77) (now an Honorary Alderman) and chaired Oxfordshire County Council (1981- 1983). She is now a writer and local historian. She wrote a short history of OCVA. She is an Oxford MA.


Enabling a diverse voluntary and community sector to flourish in Oxfordshire. We do this by providing advice, information and training, acting as advocates and representatives, and building partnerships.


As an organisation and as individuals we value:
We will work within an equal opportunities policy which is regularly reviewed. We will respect the rights, views and needs of others.
We will be effective and reliable in our service delivery, partnership working, and relationships with funders.
We will enable others to take responsibility for identifying and achieving their own objectives. We will support the take up of our services by individuals and groups from a diverse range of backgrounds, including the most disadvantaged.
We will respond to a constantly changing environment with energy and creativity, in order to influence the future of our sector.
We encourage working together to build strength and sustainability in the sector.


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