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Partners

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

Our people, mission and values

Office Staff

Angela CristofoliBusiness Development

Charlotte Foxhall – Training Coordinator

John Hayes – Development of Groups

Caroline Marques – Reception, Membership, Meeting Room Bookings

Emily Shaw – Volunteer Centre Coordinator

Kathy Shaw – Chief Executive

Gillian Warson – Collaboration and Communications

Our Community Ambassador Volunteers Project

Our Ambassadors offer information and advice to charities and community groups in their local town. They combine local knowledge with a good understanding of what support is available to you, and are specifically available to signpost towards services, help you to develop your network of contacts, and meet with individuals to help them into volunteering.

Wallingford – Gillian Leaver

Trustee Volunteers

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

Julie Baker is a marketing and communications professional with a background in the public, not-for-profit and private sectors, and specialism in education marketing and PR. She has worked for a number of charities, including the British Red Cross, Mid Devon Council for Voluntary Service and Macmillan Cancer Support in both voluntary and paid roles. Volunteer work at present includes the planning of income generated projects with the Executive Board of Oxfordshire Business Enterprises.

Noel Costello

Paula Coutts

Maureen Elliot – Treasurer

John McLaughlin from Response.

President

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.

Vice-Presidents

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.

Mission

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.

Values

As an organisation and as individuals we value:
Equality
We will work within an equal opportunities policy which is regularly reviewed. We will respect the rights, views and needs of others.
Professionalism
We will be effective and reliable in our service delivery, partnership working, and relationships with funders.
Empowerment
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.
Flexibility
We will respond to a constantly changing environment with energy and creativity, in order to influence the future of our sector.
Collaboration