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.
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 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.
David has been Chief Executive since September 2016 and is responsible for leading the organisation, setting the culture, vision and strategy, and representing Oasis Community Housing externally.
Working with charities in the UK and overseas, David has focused on projects working for social justice and the empowerment of the vulnerable. This has included managing the establishment of a nationwide reconciliation project for young people in Northern Ireland that tackled sectarianism; and fundraising roles with the international development charity, Tearfund. In his previous role as Head of International Programme with the Bible Society David oversaw a seven-figure grant-making programme that has brought transformational change in more than 40 countries worldwide.
David studied at the University of Glasgow for his undergraduate degree in Modern History and Politics, graduating in 1998. Over the following 10 years David also studied Peace and Conflict Resolution at American University in Washington DC, French language at University of Sunderland, and an MPhil in Reconciliation Studies from Trinity College, Dublin.
In his spare time David reads political philosophy and theology books, plays football with endless enthusiasm and suffers from following St Mirren, Sunderland AFC and the Scotland national team.
*Please note, Jen is currently on maternity leave.
Jen leads the Department responsible for supported housing provision, the Social Lettings Agency, Maintenance Team, and InForm data system, and has spent her working life to date within our charity.
After gaining a law degree (LLB) from the University of East Anglia, Jen took a gap year during which she volunteered for Oasis Charitable Trust, and had the opportunity to put her passions for young people and homelessness into action through working on a street outreach team in Central London, a substance misuse recovery centre and leading youth and children’s work for local churches.
Jen has 16 years’ experience in the housing and charity sector, and has undertaken frontline roles as a Support Worker, Deputy Manager and Project Manager before moving into senior management as Head of Housing and now Director of Housing. Work stream specialisms include supported housing for young people, and women.
In her spare time Jen loves snorkelling, photography, time with friends and family, and enjoys any excuse to bake. She can be found at her church, All Saints Peckham, singing in the worship band and helping out on the Fairtrade stall. Or in the stands at Selhurst Park watching Crystal Palace attempt to play football!