Trevor heads up a small but strong support team that provide the services and systems OCVA needs to do its work.
The team’s work includes cleaning, reception, front of house, membership, Web, apps, IT, buildings, database, data, HR, systems training, and more. Trevor’s role specifically covers the online, the IT, the buildings, the database, the data management (for a start).
One of Trevor’s first jobs was as editor of a magazine and website for an early UK search engine (16 years ago). He then launched global online systems for the publishers of Nature science journals, and put live websites for Oxford University Press (OUP), and Oxford University’s top-level outward-facing website. In total, he’s launched over 22 professional websites in his career; the one for OUP became their busiest online asset. The latest three websites have been for non-profits (including OCVA’s; built and launched in 10 days on a budget of £100). His strangest ever job was spending a summer cleaning Sky’s satellite dishes with a mop and bucket.
What drew me to OCVA
OCVA offered part-time work with an intriguing mission. I admit I didn’t really understand it’s purpose at first. (I hope that’s more clear now.) I began on reception. Then I was invited back in 2015 into a management role.
For part of my childhood I lived in a single parent household with a parent who was mentally and physically challenged. This and other personal circumstances has perhaps given me extra patience and empathy. Perhaps even a greater sense of society. I get frustrated about the lack of generosity the higher tiers of our society has, but I’m optimistic. Eckhart Tolle says, “the world is exactly what we need in order to wake up”.
Best OCVA moment
Hard to say. I think OCVA is a miracle. If you add up our staff hours it’s like having 5 full-time staff, and yet the amount we achieve each year is tremendous. At a dinner last year someone said to me, “…But there’s nothing special about the skills your staff will have is there.” I said, “No. But what’s special is being able to do what we do with little to no budget. Commercial organisations move forward if it’s profitable. Charities tend to deliver first and ask questions later.”
Outside of work
I do canvas paintings and make music. (Details are on my blog.)