Margaret Lawson

Margaret Lawson joined us in July 2019. She initially studied Modern Languages and then worked as a secondary school teacher in Reading, teaching German and French for 3 years.
Margaret then retrained as a solicitor and worked in private practice for Ward Hadaway for about 25 years, specialising in commercial disputes.
After that she became a Lecturer in Law at Northumbria University before moving to London in 2011.
Since that time she has volunteered extensively, first in London and then in the North East and most recently as a job coach for Junction 42, a Christian charity which supports ex-offenders.
Margaret is an active Christian and church member, involved in various aspects of the life of Holy Trinity Church in Jesmond.
She sings in the Newcastle Bach Choir, enjoys keeping fit by going to regular fitness classes and doing long distance walks such as the South West Coastal Path, and loves going to the cinema, especially to see foreign language films.

Anthea Turner

Anthea Turner is a treasured patron to our No.3 project in London, which supports young women who would otherwise be homeless. Anthea is a dedicated and vocal supporter of young women held back by disadvantage and has supported No.3 since she met and interviewed one of the project’s former residents for a Zonta International – London City event in aid of Oasis Community Housing.

With 20 years in the public eye, Anthea is well known for presenting Blue Peter, Top of the Pops, National Lottery and GMTV.

Every Sunday, from 10am to 1pm, Anthea joins friend and former Newsround presenter, Chris Rogers, presenting on Scala Radio.



The Reverend Kate Bottley

Vicar, mum of two, TV and radio broadcaster, Kate Bottley has been Patron of OCH since 2017. Kate is passionate about bringing stories of faith and belief to the widest audience possible and is a firm supporter of women’s issues and of ‘women helping women’ to overcome disadvantage and discrimination.

Originally from Sheffield, and graduate of Leeds Trinity University, in 2012 Kate was part of a wedding flashmob video which went viral and led to her being approached by Channel 4 to take part in Gogglebox, which has since resulted in her becoming a much loved household name.

Kate currently presents Good Morning Sunday on BBC Radio 2 alongside Jason Mohammed, and is a regular presenter on Songs of Praise and The One Show. She has also made guest appearances on Celebrity MasterChef, Hairy Bikers Cracking Christmas and 8 Out of 10 Cats.

In 2017 Kate journeyed to Camino de Santiago for The Pilgrimage, a three-part travelogue series for BBC 2. She has also presented and contributed to several BBC Radio 2 programmes including The Sunday Hour, Saturday Breakfast and the Weekday Breakfast Show.

Kate has recently discovered a new passion for open water swimming and regularly tweets of her swimming adventures.

Kate says of OCH:

I became a patron of Oasis Community Housing because of my passion to see women being given the right help and support to reach their full potential, whatever life has thrown at them, be that finding themselves homeless, in troubled family relationships, having been in and out of care, experiencing abuse, drug or alcohol addiction or mental health issues.  I have been inspired by seeing and hearing real stories of transformation made possible by the really special work that OCH does to show real love and worth to so many who have never experienced this before.

Anita Morris

Anita Morris

Accountant Anita Morris joined the Board this year, bringing a wealth of financial experience to the table.
At present she leads a team preparing and submitting the financial accounts for some of the largest companies within the EU.

Anita has been with Procter and Gamble for 18 years and progressed to a variety of areas, including general accounting and supply chain accounting.

In her free time, Anita is an active church member and auditor for Holy Trinity Jesmond Church.

Phil Conn

Phil Conn

Director of Programmes

Phil is our Director of Programmes, overseeing our Crisis Services, Empower and Aspire programmes. He has been with Oasis Community Housing for eight years and was one of the founding team members of our Basis@Gateshead walk-in resource centre. After heading our Crisis Services for several years, he has now progressed into his new role and will lead our work in domestic abuse support, helping those furthest from the job market and financial capability – as well as continuing to lead the way with our front line crisis work.

Before joining Oasis Community Housing, Phil worked in youth development for a VCS organisation delivering targeted youth support, intensive programmes and leisure activities. Prior to that Phil enjoyed a career in the catering industry.

Phil is part of the leadership team of his local church and a trustee of Soul Food Spaces, a food charity that that creates places for people to meet and eat together to build connection and community, improving body, mind and spirit.

Phil likes Pina coladas and getting caught in the rain, is an avid coffee snob and a keen cyclist.