Crystal joined Oasis Community Housing in 2017 as Head of our Business Development Unit, and has now progressed to a new director role.
Before joining us, Crystal worked for over a decade in the charity sector, leading teams to engage supporters, generate sustainable income and create meaningful partnerships between charity, public and business sector organisations. She has worked for the National Trust, Southbank Centre and National Museums of Science and Industry and has a wealth of experience of fundraising across many sectors.
She has a first class degree from Newcastle University and a Masters in Cultural practice – a response to Equalities legislation. She has a passion for equality and diversity and sits on the Women in Social Housing North East board.
In her spare time Crystal looks after her twin daughters, and is a keen amateur runner (because she loves cakes, not running). She is also a trained florist and creates arrangements for her church, St Joseph’s in Benwell.
Sarah leads the finance team and the HR and admin team within Oasis Community Housing, ensuring that all of the back office functions and support is in place to enable our staff to effectively carry out their important roles.
Sarah has been a qualified chartered accountant for more than 18 years. She has worked in the housing sector for a decade, and has been a senior leader within the sector for 8 years, leading on Finance, HR, IT and Governance. She has worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers, Gateshead Housing Company and Northern Housing Consortium and has a wide skill set beyond finance.
Sarah is also treasurer for Durham Wildlife Trust.
Una leads the Aspire team, which works to support service users as they build the skills needed to find and secure work and develop their financial capability skills.
Her background is in education, learning and skills. She has worked in the voluntary sector, taught in a secondary school, has had 15 years in senior management in the Community Education Service at Gateshead Council and 15 years in senior leadership in education, employment and skills with Newcastle City Council.
She has an Honours Degree and Master Degree and a wealth of experience leading national programmes in the North East region.
Una is passionate about social justice and improving life chances, is a trustee with Twisting Ducks, a local theatre company for young adults with leaning difficulties, a volunteer providing support to adults with dyslexia and regularly visits our senior citizens as an SVP volunteer. She has two sons and was a keen runner but is now restricted to her bike. However, she has not yet cycled to visit her extended family in Ireland!
Dr Caroline Wroe MBChB PhD is a consultant with the NHS, and the chair of Oasis Community Housing Board of Trustees. Caroline is married to Mark and they have three daughters. As an active member of her local church, Caroline is committed to living out her faith, and through OCH is passionate about seeing lives transformed by a radical Christ-like inclusion.
Experienced in safeguarding, confidentiality and data protection, dealing with conflict, and patient involvement and education, Caroline delivers essential knowledge and experience to the Board.
After training in Birmingham, and achieving her doctorate at Newcastle, Caroline developed a special interest in living kidney donation. Caroline is responsible for the regional living kidney donation service, which through collaboration and stakeholder involvement, has won national recognition. Continuing her academic studies, Caroline became honorary Professor of Teesside University in 2018.
Kate Ginks is the managing director of Strategic Estates Ltd and a chartered surveyor.
She is adept at project managing brownfield and greenfield development sites and acquiring housing sites for both property development companies and national and regional house building firms.
Able to analyse and interpret a whole range of information, in the context of advising on planning related matters, Kate is invaluable to our Board as we manage eight sites in the North East and London, with plans to expand.