Our People

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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David was originally from Sheffield, and worked as a Senior Lecture in Sociology. He helped found MIND Milton Keynes with a range of Drop In, Day and Group home services and was seconded as a visiting professor to found the Department of Social Studies at the University of Malta. David moved to Oxford in 1993. 

A Board member and Trustee of Oxfordshire Group Homes, now known as Response since 1996. During this period there have been major developments in the range of residential care and home support provided as well as the relative severity of clients’ disorders, their geographical extension, and collaboration with other service providers..

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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.

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Born in Scotland, Pat received her teacher training at Craiglockhart Teacher College in Edinburgh. She married George in 1965 and had 3 sons. 

After retiring from Education, Pat became more involved with the Mental Health Sector by chairing various groups, lecturing to universities and organisations about the Carers Perspective, helping organisations such as Restore, raising funds etc.

In 2004 Pat was invited to become Chair of the Committee of League of Friends which was part of the Oxfordshire Group Homes. This in turn became Response and the Committee renamed to Response Giving, as well as the Chair, Pat also became a Trustee of Response.

Pat is a Mental Health Act Manager and continues to give lectures about being a Carer to Courses such as Forensic Induction and to deliver talks on Response Giving.

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Paul is in his early 70’s, and has just retired from work, originally as a Social Worker and Social Services Manager, then ten years ago retraining as a Family Therapist. Most of his work has been with families and people contending with mental health problems; about a third has been with children and young adults.

Paul has three children and knows from close family experience the impact mental health problems can bring.

Paul was proud to be invited to become a Trustee in 2008, and was the Chair for five years until October 2018. Being a Trustee at Response draws on interests from both his working life and experiences in his own family.

He hopes that he can continue to help Response strengthen and grow.

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Peter is a retired consultant psychiatrist, who has lived and worked in Oxfordshire for fifty years. His post held a special interest in Rehabilitation, Counselling and Psychotherapy. In this connection he
has been closely linked with the evolution of a number of local innovative charitable organisations in the field of mental health. He has been a board member of Oxford Group Homes and later Response from its earliest beginnings.

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Roger qualified as an Architect in 1974 and worked in various local authorities and Housing Associations until 1987 when he joined the Oxford Diocese as Diocesan surveyor. He subsequently took on the wider property management role as Director of Glebe and buildings until retirement in 2012.
Roger is married to Margaret who had been a primary school teacher until her retirement. They have three grown up children and now have six grandchildren.
Roger is also a trustee for 3 other charities including being the chairman of an alms house trust which provides grants to individuals and organisations where specific needs can be shown.
An active member of the local church and currently one of the church wardens, but also engaged with other aspects of Christian work both nationally and internationally.
Roger has been a trustee for Response for 9 years with a special interest in the provision of appropriate, well maintained and managed properties for those being helped by the services offered by Response
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Tania has over 15 years’ experience in finance and strategy, with a strong background in valuation and corporate deals. She currently works as a Finance Director in Oxford. Tania joined the Board of Response in 2017, having got to know the organisation a few years previously.

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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.