Introducing the parliament of OWLS...

Dr Clara Barker

I am a material scientist and LGBTI+ activist. I manage the Centre for Applied Superconductivity, in the materials department at Oxford University. I am the vice chair of the LGBT+ advisory group at OxUni and in 2018 I won the first VC diversity role model award from the University. I run a network of youth groups for LGBTI+ people, and for my voluntary work I won a Points of Light Award from the UK Prime Minister in 2017. I share my story as a trans scientist who, for so long, believed that coming out as transgender would be careers ending, which I shared at a TEDx London Women event. I also enjoy climbing, dungeons and dragons and playing/ DJing/ reviewing rock music.





Lucy Butler

Lucy is the Director of Children's Services for Oxfordshire County Council. She has over 25 years experience of working in local government mainly in children's and adult's social care. She is co-chair for the Association of Director's of Children's Services for the South East region and sits on the associations council of reference which advises on policy for children's services in England. She is chair of the Staff College, a leadership organisation for promoting future leaders in the children's sector. She is passionate about women and leadership and loves walking and boxsets on Netflix, shooting the breeze over a glass of wine and generally putting the world to rights whilst having fun! 






Annie Davy

Annie is a force for positive social change.  She has worked as  headteacher, inspector, lecturer and continues to work nationally as an educational adviser and author.   Since 2011 she has worked independently as an accredited coach, facilitator and community project consultant extraordinaire. She co-founded and led three thriving place-based charitable enterprises-  Barracks Lane Community Garden, and the Flo’s – The Place in the Park,and The Nature Effect CIC.  She works systemically, always with a focus on values, motivation, resilience and our interdependence with the living world. With 3 daughters she believes passionately that women need to step up to lead with innovation and compassion. Other words to describe Annie are: co-creatrix, change catalyst and deep enquirer.






Sara Fernandez

Sara came to Oxford for university and fell in love with the community, so didn’t spend much time in the library. She has spent the last 10 years developing the Oxford Hub as a centre for social action in the city, encouraging everyone to get involved in making a difference locally. At the Hub she runs a range of programmes in the areas she is passionate about, including supporting young people to become trustees, helping charities to improve their impact measurement, and providing children on the edge of care with Big Brothers Big Sisters mentors in the community. In her spartime Sara is involved in fostering, goes running and listens to the Hamilton soundtrack incessantly. 



Georgia Geary

I started my career in the arts with a Theatre Degree at Dartington College of Arts and then worked as a community artist/facilitator. It was during this time that I witnessed first-hand the positive impact that attending cultural events and taking part in arts activities can have on the lives of individuals and entire communities .I have pretty much committed my career to date to making sure that this continues to happen for EVERYONE. I am the Artistic Director/CEO of the Mill Arts Centre, a multi art form venue in Banbury where I have led the organisation through periods of significant change and transformation over the last six years. I am a Trustee on the board at Pegasus Theatre in East Oxford where I chair the Finance and Resources Committee, I am also a Director on the board of the Banbury Business Information District (BID). I am a graduate of the Clore Leadership training programme and was made Banbury Business Woman of the year in 2018. I am a finalist in the business person of the year category at the Cherwell Business Awards 2019 and very proud to be the only woman on the list. I live in Littlemore with my fiancé where I will often be found striking a few yoga poses, heading to the swimming pool, reading many books, bingeing on box sets. I am a very proud Auntie to two nieces and a nephew who fill my life with sunshine on a regular basis.





Hannah Wilson

As one of the co-founders of #WomenEd, a grassroots gender equality movement for women in

education, Hannah advocates flexible working, champions co-leadership and supports the return to

teaching programme as a DFE Women Leading in Education coach. More recently Hannah has

become a LeanIn Regional Leader.

Passionate about Mental Health and Wellbeing Hannah founded the Oxfordshire Mental Health and

Wellbeing Network, a regional opportunity for sharing best practice. This led to Aureus School

becoming the first school in Oxfordshire to secure the Gold Mental Health in Schools Awards which

Hannah now sits on the Steering Group for.

Hannah is an outward-facing and collaborative leader – she is a Fellow of the Chartered College of

Teaching and sits on the Council; she is an Associate for Values-based Education and Leadership


Jodie Lloyd-Jones

Jodie is the CEO of Oxfordshire Youth. Oxfordshire Youth provide support to the youth sector in Oxfordshire and accredited youth leadership opportunities for young people throughout the UK.  She is motivated by the inherent belief that all people should be treated equally and equitably and likes to develop youth programmes to break the cycle of inequality. She is a doting mum of two children, loves physical challenges and is currently enjoying cross fit classes. Her weekly meditation is running. 


Emmy O'Shaughnessy

Emmy is an unstoppable woman on a mission to create as much healing, equality and kindness in the world.   As a white non-disabled cis woman and the CEO of a creative charity in Oxford, she wants to see the equal distribution of wealth and power and believes the medicine needed is community and social activism at a grassroots level. Fostered as a baby, and fostered into middle-class privilege, Emmy is passionate about social justice, inclusion and wants to see more diversity in women leadership. She believes that women leaders with privilege must support women currently underrepresented in leadership roles to access positions of power and influence.

Emmy worked from the age of 15 as a youth worker in Wheatley, studied her MA at Goldsmiths in Applied Theatre.Emmy has worked as a trainer and creativity facilitator in care homes, women's refuges, pupil referral units and mental health wards.Emmy is a fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs.

She is doing her damn well best as mum to 2 boys, Orly and JoJo. 

'Lead with Love, Tenacity and Laughter.'




Chloe Purcell

Ever since being appointed sixer of Imps in Brownies, aged eight, Chloe Purcell has had a thirst for

leadership (and trying to be funny). Extensive travel as a young person left Chloe with an interest in

migration and a commitment to social justice issues. A passionate advocate for the third sector,

Chloe has worked in support services for children and young people since the start of her career,

with over a decade supporting young refugees in Oxford. Since late 2013 Chloe has been Director of

SAFE! Support for Young People Affected by Crime, an Oxford based charity that now provides

support services to children and families affected by crime across the Thames Valley. In her spare

time Chloe loves playing roller derby and spending good times with her family (preferably whilst

eating and travelling).



Jo Rice

Jo is Head of Learning at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. Interested in so many things at the moment: imaginative and creative learning, playfulness in museums, museums as social spaces, museums and well-being, hidden narratives of objects, reinterpreting collections, co production... and much more! Jo is also a trustee for a small multi-academy trust in rural South Warwickshire with a particular responsibility for safeguarding.

Before coming to Oxford Jo worked for Warwickshire County Council as Community Learning Officer and then Head of Heritage Education. Jo also worked  as  a primary school teacher in Leeds.

When not at work Jo sings loudly  in a community choir, walks her dogs, tries to grow vegetables, loves laughing with friends and family and does her best to be a decent Mum to a 13 year old boy and partner to Chris. 






Sandra Ruge and Marie Lehri

Friend’s and Co-founders of Waste2Taste.

They met through their work in the charity sector some 12 years ago and through their mutual love of cooking, Inspiring people, seasonal eating and a drive to effect social change they formed Waste2taste.

Their mission is to provide healthy, nutritious and affordable food with an ethical and sustainable approach. To address food waste, food poverty and homelessness.



has a background in providing targeted support for vulnerable children, young people and families.

She is a self-taught cook who realised when becoming vegetarian aged 13 and living on a Northern council

estate with her Mum that getting creative with whatever ingredients were available was the way to go.



is a Portuguese, passionate cook, with a background of home- grown, allotment keeping by her parents. Her taste buds were shaped by the seasonal food picked straight from the ground and cooked by her

amazing Mum. 12 Years ago, she moved to Oxford with her very young family. Since then she has been, in her own words: ‘getting to know the world, the people and myself’












Yasmin Sidhwa

Yasmin is currently Artistic Director of Mandala Theatre Company, an Oxford based,

national and international touring company that creates visceral theatre giving expression to those

whose stories are not heard and making them visible, and offers pathways to young people from

BAME and White working-class backgrounds into the arts.

Since graduating from Bretton Hall (Leeds University) in the 1980’s Yasmin has had a passion for

theatre for social justice and identity. Since then she has worked as an actor including at the Royal

National Theatre Company, and Tara Arts, a workshop facilitator, theatre director and lecturer

. From a dual heritage background, Indian/ Persian and White English and Welsh, Yasmin knows what it

means to be the outsider. Theatre and creativity has been the means by which she has found her

place and identity and uses it to inspire others. She is a Governor at Oxford Brookes University and

an Executive Board member of CREARC in Grenoble, France. Mother to 3 wonderful children 25, 22

and 19 years. Inspired to live by Kahil Gibrans’ quote:

Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.





Dr Marie Tidball

Councillor Marie Tidball is an Oxford City Councillor representing Hinksey Park Ward and City Executive Board Member for Supporting Communities. Marie is also a founding director and coordinator of the Oxford University Disability Law and Policy Project. She is a Research Associate at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights and the Centre for Criminology. Her academic interests concern the intersection between disability and society with a specific focus on the criminal justice system. In addition to her academic pursuits Marie has extensive experience of project managing award-wining campaigns aimed at driving disability inclusion within academia, civil society, and government. She established the Let’s Get Disability on the List! campaign in 2013 and was awarded the Oxford University Student Union Outstanding Individual Contribution to University Life Award in 2015 for her work on raising the profile of disability at the University of Oxford. 






Patsy Townsend

Patsy graduated from Exeter University in 1975 and subsequently completed a social

work training at the University of Southampton (CQSW). Her early career was in the Probation Service and then in project development and management; she led the successful establishment of 2 youth projects, TRAX and SKIDZ; set up and sustained with private and public-sector funding.

Patsy joined Thames Valley Partnership in 1998 and became Director/Chief Executive in 2010. Under her leadership Thames Valley Partnership’s work has grown and developed pioneering new work particularly in the areas of Restorative Justice, mentoring for short-term offenders and victims’ services. She is experienced in managing complex relationships between statutory, voluntary and corporate partners.

Patsy’s passion outside work is European travel, culture and language, speaking Frenchand Spanish and beginner’s Italian. And spending time with her 2 beautiful grandchildren of course. She sings in a choir and loves cooking and good food!





Lisa Ward

Lisa is the Director of Oxfordshire Sexual Abuse & Rape Crisis Centre (OSARCC) and a Trustee of Rape Crisis England and Wales. Passionate about ending violence against women and girls she is also studying for an MA in Child & Women Abuse.

In her spare time she plays roller derby (which mostly involved being bruised a lot), runs (and has currently run every single day in 2019), and is learning to cycle and in training for Ride 100 (a 100 mile cycle round London and Surrey) to raise funds for OSARCC. She also helps at a local Girl Guiding Unit


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