Our People


In 1986 John trained at Western Area College of Nursing and qualified as a Registered Mental Health Nurse in 1989.

In 1999 he completed his Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) at Oxford Brookes University and graduated in the year 2002.

He then worked as a Clinical Service Manager for Oxford Health from 2001 – 2004. John began at Response in the year 2005.



Kate’s first role was a sales and production planner for a large aluminium extruder in Cheltenham. After 9 enjoyable years, she spotted a job as a Housing Officer for Bromford Housing.

Over the years she has progressed within several registered Providers working in various Housing, Property and Strategic related roles. She has also been Chair of the Board for 11 years of the then Oxbode Housing in Gloucester (now part of Greensquare Group).

Kate joined Response in early 2016 as the first Housing and Property Director where she was given the remit to develop the team and ensure our homes are in the best possible condition for our residents.

Her weekends are taken up with being a taxi driver to her 17 year old daughter! However, wherever possible she walks the dog, reads, socialises with friends and studies calligraphy


Gemma has worked in Human Resources since 2007 and started her career as an HR Administrator in a Car Rental Company before progressing through a variety of sectors including Manufacturing and Logistics until she finally ended up at Response as the Head of Human Resources in 2016.

Instead of going to university Gemma decided to complete her CIPD qualification alongside working full time which has led to a passion for people development and supporting employees to be the best they can be in their professional careers.

Gemma’s weekends are spent with her young family and watching sports including football and ice hockey.


Lauren joined response as an Operations Manager in December 2019. She has worked in Health and Social Care for 13 years. Her most recent role was as a CQC Registered Care Manager within a private domiciliary company. Before this, Lauren helped set up housing projects for those living with Mental Health and spent several years working with adults with multiple and profound learning disabilities.

Lauren looks forward to using her skills and knowledge to achieve the best possible outcomes for people using Response’s services. On the weekends, she enjoys watching Formula 1 and going to the gym.


For the past 20 years, Mark has worked at the forefront of Homeless and mental health services in Oxfordshire and across the country. His career has been focussed on the development of community-based services that take the support that is needed to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.

Mark is a qualified Social Worker and a CQC Registered Manager. Since early 2016 Mark has worked as a part of the Operations Management team, bringing leadership and vision to a range of Response services including CQC registered care and supported housing.

Mark is proud to work within an organisation that mirrors his values of safe yet creative innovation in the field of wellbeing and mental health.

Stuart has worked in social care and health for over two decades.

A proven dynamic and hard-working professional with a wide range of transferable skills gained in different roles. Stuart demonstrates excellent working knowledge within the areas of, Mental Health and substance use, with effective communication skills within different working environments.

A passionate dedicated individual who is as motivated today as he was on his first day in the field. An award-winning project manager that can demonstrate high working standards across all areas.

He prides himself on his innovative working and use of interactive technology, alongside striving for Harm Reduction and people’s access to the right support for them.

Jack’s role includes both internal and external communications within the organisation. He manages the Response social media channels, oversees content production and event organisation.

Jack has recently graduated from the Manchester Metropolitan University in 2019 where he achieved an honours degree in Marketing with Media Communications.

He has a real passion for travel, recently returning from two months visiting Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. Previously he also interrailed around Europe for three months.

Our Trustee’s


Bob is a Chartered Accountant who has spent most of his career in financial and managerial roles in various industries mainly papermaking, furniture manufacture, media and subsequently IT businesses. He spent ten years consulting in a Mental Health Trust.  More recently he has operated as a non-executive director and chairman in various businesses and charities. Currently he is the chairman of a healthcare solutions development business that is focusing upon the management of the treatment of patients with long term illnesses such as hypertension and diabetes. 

Bob is the chairman of Response and is greatly committed to the improvement of the working environment of social and mental health staff, and of improving the living environment and lifestyles of individuals who experience mental health issues, that they care for.

Bob is also chairman of Buckinghamshire County Museum Trust with a vision to make the museum experience relevant to young people, to expand the awareness of the culture of Buckinghamshire and to bring first class exhibitions out of London and into the provinces.

Bob is a naval historian, specialising to date in the Napoleonic era, author of: British Expeditionary Warfare and the Defeat of Napoleon, 1793 – 1815 and various other papers. He is now researching the contribution of merchant shipping in the First World War.

Married with two daughters and a new delightful grand-daughter.


Andrew is the Trustee and Treasurer at Response, retired as COO of Executive Education at Oxford University in 2011.

Prior to that he had extensive experience in the private sector, as the chief executive of various SME’s, mostly in the construction industry. He also held functional responsibility for operations, finance, and sales and marketing at earlier stages of his career.

Andrew read Engineering and Economics at St Johns, Oxford, and subsequently became a chartered engineer, working on various civil engineering projects, including the Humber Bridge. He has a MBA from Oxford University and a Diploma in Project Management from London University.

Andrew has a particular interest in the issue of homelessness, and undertakes a similar role for Emmaus Oxford, another charity which provides support for vulnerable and homeless persons.


Since early 1990s Hazel has worked within the mental health and housing sector in Oxfordshire – as a practitioner in the Community Mental Health Team, referrer to Response and as a commissioner. Hazel always found the organisation to be caring and adaptable to the needs of residents and willing to try to find a solution for people with particular housing and support needs.

Since she joined the Response Board in the summer of 2017 Hazel has become aware of the breadth of decisions which have to be made within the limits of significant financial restraints. Hazel enjoys the challenge of chairing the Performance Committee and supporting Response staff to maintain a consistent approach and a high quality resident experience throughout the expanding services.


Phil is a consultant general adult psychiatrist who retired from full time work for Oxford Health NHS Foundation trust in 2016. He then returned to work for Oxford Health NHS Foundation trust in 2016 for three days a week.
For the rest of the week he can be found exploring musical possibilities either in groups or individually. He maintains an interest in the environment and sustainability and explores ways that medicine can be practiced in a more sustainable manner.
As well as being a trustee for Response, he was formerly a trustee for Emmaus and is the psychiatrist for the Oxford Branch of the Samaritans.

The first part of her career was in communications and marketing and was Director of Communications for M&G Group PLC,  a FTSE 250 company providing a range of retail financial services products.  The last 12 years of her working life have been in the charity sector.  In 2008 she set up a charity, Ride High, which uses horses to transform the lives and prospects of disadvantaged children,  www.ridehigh.org. It is now a thriving social enterprise with a 5-year plan to become independent of philanthropy. She was awarded an MBE for services to children in 2018. Now she provides consultancy to a range of other charities working with vulnerable, disadvantaged and marginalised people.

Paul is currently the Chief People Officer at Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team. He joined the Team in 2012 and has learned a lot about growing an organisation into a successful, high performing team.

In addition to his first business degree, Paul is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and has an MBA from Warwick Business School. Paul has spent his HR career working predominantly in the automotive OEM sector with Ford Motor Company and under Ford’s Premier Automotive Group, Land Rover and Volvo Cars, in many UK and international roles. Paul left Jaguar Land Rover in 2012 to join Mercedes.

He has 5 young adults in what he describes as his ‘blended family’, loves all sport and sails yachts whenever he can.

Paul is new to this sector and is finding that he has a lot to learn. Mental health and Wellbeing are topics that have cropped up within his own family, have a high profile in his current role and are subjects of great interest to him. Paul was delighted and grateful when he was accepted as a Trustee of such a progressive and talented team and is committed to applying his experience and approach to help support the Response team reach new heights.

For the last 30 years, Johanna has worked in Human Resources. Following a Spanish, Politics and Economics degree, she started her HR career in the private sector. She progressed to a European HR Operations Manager within NSK-RHP(a global Japanese Manufacturing company).

When her first daughter was born, Johanna moved into the public sector, working as a Deputy Director of Workforce for Peterborough Hospitals before relocating to join the Oxford University Hospitals in a senior Human Resources role. Now Johanna’s two daughters are young adults; she has time to dedicate to her interests, including mental health support to young adults. Johanna is delighted that the trustee role allows her to use her specialist HR knowledge to benefit Response.

Cyara has been advocating for improved mental health provision and awareness since she was a teenager engaging with public mental health services herself. She is a recent Oxford History and English graduate, where she studied the history of Mental Health. Whilst at University she began exploring the wider Oxfordshire charity sector through a range of voluntary and internship roles.
Cyara joined Response as a trustee because she wanted to put her lived experience of mental health to good use, and ensure that service-user’s voices can be understood in depth.
During the working day, Cyara is a manager for an ed-tech and tutoring company, and in her spare time, she can be found running ‘Grabbing Back.com’, a feminist theory website she founded to improve education on intersectional feminism.

Wendy is a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist who has worked in NHS community CAMHS services since 1992. She has held several clinical leadership roles, including as a clinical director advising on service developments and service transformation in a range of children’s and adult eating disorder services. Some of these developments have been with voluntary sector partners with NHS services in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.