About Oxford House > Trustees
The Trustees at Oxford House have ultimate Governance responsibility for the organisation.
They have legal responsibility for the charity’s work, guide strategy and support the CEO and ensure the objectives of Oxford House are realised. All Trustees are volunteers.
Trustees are selected based on the skills, experience and passion for the work we do. Many of our trustees are also local residents and bring local knowledge as well as their professional skills.
Michael Judge (Chair)
Michael is a theatre-maker & educationalist who has lived locally for 20 years & used to teach near to Oxford House. He currently works as Associate Director for NIE Theatre. He has held previous Associate roles at Dundee Rep, Theatre Centre and A New Direction. He is a Fellow of the RSA.
Fergus Early (Vice Chair)
Fergus is the founder and Creative Director of Green Candle, a dance company working in community and educational contexts for all age groups and abilities. He began his dancing career with the Royal Ballet and was also a founder member of X6 Dance Space and New Dance magazine. Fergus is the winner of several awards, including a Greater London Arts Dance Award, Lisa Ullman Traveling Bursary and the Time Out/Dance Umbrella Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement. He has recently been awarded an OBE for his contribution to dance.
Linda has been a member of the board since 1994. Linda lives in Bethnal Green and is passionate about the community of Bethnal Green; she has been a school governor for 35 years. Linda manages to mix a business head with a strong commitment to the local voluntary sector. She is a successful local businesswoman having operated a number of businesses over the last 20 plus years.
Josh is a Commissioning Editor at the Financial Times. Before this, he was the editor of Spear’s magazine. He has written for publications including The Independent, The Guardian, The Times, The Sunday Times, The Economist and the National Theatre. He is a regular guest on CNBC and has appeared on the BBC World Service and radio and TV stations around the world to talk about everything from finance to art. He is a co-founder of theartsdesk.com, Britain’s first critic-run arts review website. Twitter: @joshspero.
Matt is the Creative Director of Four Colman Getty, the communications agency for culture and the creative industries, with clients across the cultural sector, including visual and performing arts, festivals and design. His current clients include Culture Southampton, 100% Design, Vitra, the Michelangelo Foundation for creativity and craftsmanship, HarperCollins and the London Legacy Development Corporation (Cultural and Education District in the Olympic Park).
Asma is the Founding CEO of You Make It, a charity that offers a creative and inspiring programme for young women. They are given the tools to transform their lives through personal empowerment. Her taste for creating programmes of work that make exciting change have been seen previous to setting up LWL in roles for Islington 14-19 Partnershas Roundhouse, Channel 4, Skillset and New Opportunities Fund (now Big Lottery). Asma is passionate about arts, culture and creativity, and is a fellow of the Clore Leadership Programme. She has lived locally for almost 20 years and joined OH Board in January 2015.
Jamie is Head of Cultural Engagement at the British Library, where he leads the Library’s cultural programme onsite, online, and across the UK. Jamie was a Clore Leadership Fellow in 2012/13, which included a secondment to the British Council, and is also a Fellow of the RSA and the English Association. Jamie has previously served on boards at De Montfort University and Sheffield Theatres Trust.
Polly has lived in the local area for the past 16 years. She is currently Creative Programming and Interpretation Manager for Historic Royal Palaces (based at the Tower of London), where she creatively directs the visitor experience. Previously a theatre and then film designer, Polly has worked as an interpretive planner in the Museum sector for the past 12 years. She also has a PhD in Dogon Masquerade, from central Mali.
Robert lives in Bethnal Green and joined the board in July 2016. He created and co–founded Notes Music & Coffee Ltd. The company employs over 50 people across 6 sites including Canary Wharf and Kings Cross. Rob is a keen cyclist and can be spotted cycling between the various Notes outlets.
Michelle joined the board in January 2018. Michelle was a senior-level executive with extensive strategic and operational experience gained within the global banking & financial services sector. She recently completed her MBA with a dissertation on how smaller charities put performance management into effect.