MEET THE TEAM
Katherine joined CAG Oxfordshire in January 2022. Most recently, she supported a multi-disciplinary net zero research initiative at the University of Oxford as programme manager. Prior to that, she spent ten years at the US-based National Park Foundation supporting programs and partnerships that engaged people with their national parks. As part of the senior leadership team, Katherine provided strategic direction focused on creating equitable access to public lands for historically excluded communities.
Katherine leads the CAG Oxfordshire staff team, overseeing strategy, network facilitation, funding and offering development support to groups in the network.
Network Support Co-ordinator
Eleanor joined the CAG team in late 2021. She has a varied background and has worked on issues including mental health, violence against women, community cohesion and grassroots environmental campaigns. Her career has included roles spanning advocacy and policy, development and partnership management. Most recently, she worked in External Affairs at The Jo Cox Foundation, and prior to this advocated for women's rights at Orchid Project. She is particularly passionate about the intersection of environmental justice and mental health and how we relate emotionally to our changing world. Alongside her work at CAG Oxfordshire, she is also an Associate at the Oxford University Counselling Service.
Eleanor works 3.5 days a week as a Network Support Coordinator, offering support to CAG groups and facilitating collaborative relationships in the network.
Replenish Project Coordinator/ Network Support Coordinator
Anaïs joined CAG Oxfordshire in November 2018. She has a varied background in community growing, grassroots political action and teaching. She is passionate about sustainable food and helps run an Oxford-based community garden, where she is experimenting with permaculture approaches. Prior to joining the CAG team, Anaïs studied Psychology at University College London (UCL) before working as a teacher in Spain, Italy and France.
Anaïs splits her time at CAG between coordinating support for network members and running the ‘Replenish‘ project, an initiative that supports Oxfordshire residents to grow and cook nutritious food with zero waste.
Alice joined CAG Oxfordshire in July 2021. She comes to the organisation with over 13 years experience in marketing, communications and development in various third sector roles including social enterprise development and grassroots community enterprise and charity support with the Social Enterprise Network in Lancashire and the Community Foundations for Merseyside and Lancashire. Recently she has supported the development of the Homeshare sector across the UK. Originally from Oxford, she is now back living locally and keen to re-connect with the community action groups and use her skills and experience to raise awareness, spread positive news and inspire action.
Project Co-ordinator - Owned by Oxford
Anna joined CAG Oxfordshire in April 2021. With a background in third sector management and governance, she is interested in projects that focus on social justice, community power and systemic change. For many years Anna led Oxford’s Donnington Doorstep, was more recently a founder trustee of the social enterprise Flo’s - The Place In The Park, and is now a trustee of both the Oxford Hub and Oxfordshire Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre.
Anna coordinates “Owned by Oxford”, an exciting pilot set up by CAG and partners using community wealth building to address Oxford’s wealth problem.
Jo joined CAG Oxfordshire in August 2021. Jo has over ten years of experience in project management in the field of clinical research within academia. Jo is passionate about the environment, conservation and sustainability and is looking forward to working in this sector. Jo is involved in a number of community projects, including Greening Jericho and more recently the Marston Forest Garden, part of Marston Community Gardening. Jo is a keen gardener, focusing on plants for pollinators and wildlife gardening, as well as growing organic fruit and vegetables.
As Operations Coordinator, Jo manages CAG Oxfordshire’s core operations and contributes to the development of new funding streams.
Community Advocate - Owned by Oxford
Jabu recently joined CAG Oxfordshire to support the delivery of the Owned by Oxford, Community Wealth Building project. She lives and is an Oxford City Councillor for the Barton area of Oxford. Originally from South Africa and growing up under the Apartheid system has fueled her sense of fighting for Social justice. She has been involved in a number of campaigns in the city including the Why Vaccinate event which drew hundreds of people in January 2021. She is also Chair of the Oxford living Wage campaign and a member of the SHA central committee as well as co- chair of my ODLP and the founder of M4JU which focuses on the criminal justice system.
Acting as an ambassador for Community Wealth Building , Jabu's role focuses on relationship building, advocacy and support for grassroots and community initiatives across the City with a particular focus on the Barton area.
OUR BOARD MEMBERS
We have a highly committed and effective board of directors (who can also be called our trustees). Our board is made up of four elected representatives of CAGs, as well as a staff representative (the current Lead Coordinator, not described below) and two other co-opted members (Jamie and Pip).
Emma Gordon is an administrator with a keen eye for detail, with both project and financial management experience. As manager she turned an idea for Bicester Green into a thriving business, and moved on to coordinate Makespace Oxford, forging this too into a successful enterprise. Emma combines her management and practical design skills with her desire to encourage self-reliance by focusing on projects that promote waste reduction and sustainable lifestyles. She is deeply embedded in the Oxfordshire community action scene - currently treasurer of CAG Oxfordshire, fundraising for the Orinoco Scrapstore, a member of Transition by Design, and participating in the Children's Allotment project, all of which are Community Action Groups.
Jamie Hartzell is one of the UK’s leading social entrepreneurs. In 1998, he founded the Ethical Property Company PLC, which provides serviced office accommodation for social change organisations. He led the company for 13 years, taking it from one to 70 staff, owning and operating 20 centres in the UK, Belgium, and France, and bringing in over £15 million from 1,600 shareholders. He also founded the charity the Ethical Property Foundation. In 2011 he founded the social crowdfunding platform Ethex, which has raised over £50 million for social enterprises from 10,000 investors. Jamie has also been chair of the leading Fairtrade chocolate company Divine, which is 44% owned by Kuapa Kokoo, an African cocoa farmers co-operative; chair of Spare Fruit, a start-up making deliciously nutritious air-dried crisps from fruit that would otherwise go to waste; and chair of Zaytoun, a company importing olive oil and other products from Palestine. He has also been a director of Hub Commercial Ventures, a restaurant in Oxford encouraging student engagement in social action, and of Tonic Housing, which aims to establish appropriate accommodation for elderly members of the LGBT community and of the campaign group Positive Money. He is currently co-chair of CAG Oxfordshire and chair of the Real Farming Trust and is campaigning on low traffic neighbourhoods and increasing tree cover in Oxfordshire.
Nicola is a founding member and Chair of Watlington Climate Action Group (WCAG). The group runs projects aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of the parish through a programme of projects and community awareness events.
For the past 5 years she has undertaken a photographic and documentary project about the people that make up her local community. "Watlington Folk" has been published in a book and the portraits exhibited in Autumn 2020.
Following time spent in marketing and product management roles, Nicola re-trained as a portrait and event photographer, and then more recently as a film-maker. She now makes documentary films with a community and environmental focus.
Nicola lives in Watlington with her partner Gerald, their two children and three chickens. She grows fruit and veg on the family allotment, and in her remaining free time enjoys local countryside walks and mountain hikes around the UK.
Pip works for Ashoka. She currently leads the team finding Ashoka Fellows across Europe, and is part of a team deploying Ashoka's network for collective climate action. She has a wide range of experience in social innovation and entrepreneurship. Australian by birth, Pip spent early years in South Africa. While there, she founded the award-winning South African youth development organisation, enke: Make Your Mark. The organisation recently celebrated its 11th birthday and is going from strength to strength since Pip left. She left South Africa for the UK to get an MBA at Said Business School. She has worked on innovative finance and entrepreneurial support ecosystems in Australia, UK and Africa. Pip is an Ashoka Fellow, and was a Skoll scholar in Oxford and a WEF Global Shaper in Johannesburg. She brings skills in social enterprise support and development to the board.
Ruthi started campaigning on conservation and environmental issues over 25 years ago, and has been continuing to do so - off and on - ever since (expanding into climate and environmental justice). Along the way she founded the now-defunct Oxford University Roots & Shoots society, worked for the indigineous-solidarity organisation UK Tar Sands Network and sat on the board of Green Course, the national student environmental organisation in her native Israel. She also spent four years as an Oxford city councillor. She is currently the chair of the management committee for the East Oxford Farmers and Community Market, and is a member of Low Carbon East Oxford - both are members of the CAG Network. She has several degrees in biology and behavioural ecology, and has recently completed an MSc in Sustainability and Adaptation Planning at the Centre for Alternative Technology, focusing on urban green spaces and urban nature.
Philip works as a research scientist on the Harwell campus at the Diamond Light Source synchrotron. In 2019 Phil was made secretary for the CAG member Sustainable Didcot, and in 2020 he became co-chair. Phil now oversees its community projects such as repair cafes, a community allotment, and incredible edible beds in town. Recently he led organising the solar streets project in Didcot, liaising with Didcot town council to obtain their support for the scheme.