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Charlotte Taylor
Charlotte Taylor (Treasurer)

Charlotte is a qualified Chartered Accountant and is Oxfordshire Advocacy’s Treasurer. Charlotte brings nearly 10 years of experience from working with a variety of businesses from small private companies to UK subsidiaries of large multinational corporations in the Thames Valley. Through her involvement with caring for a neighbour with terminal cancer Charlotte realised how difficult it can be to advocate for oneself in the face of health issues or other difficult circumstances and what a big difference it can make to have someone advocate for you.

John Parry
John Parry (Chair)

John was CEO of a UK wide charity which supports injured firefighters and those in need in the fire community.  John also worked for over 30 years in the public sector. He was Chief Fire Officer for Oxfordshire for ten years, and also had responsibility for a number of different areas in his time with OCC, including the Youth Offending Service, Gypsy and Traveller services and Community Safety.   John lives near to Oxford, is married and has two children. His interests include mountain biking, karate, and looking after a small number of sheep that threaten to expand into a flock.

Amanda Beckett
Amanda Beckett

Amanda is our newest Trustee having joined the board in October 2016. After a long career as a Marketing Manager with the Post Office and Royal Mail, Amanda wanted to find a worthwhile volunteer role which would make use of her skills. Having personal experience of acting as an advocate, she values the tremendous contribution made by advocacy volunteers and  was inspired to join Getting Heard. Amanda has strong analytical skills and brings a wealth of management experience, in particular strategic planning and  project management. In her spare time she likes to socialise, enjoys cinema and bridge, and is a keen walker, cyclist and gardener.

Katherine Boyce
Katherine Boyce

Katherine has a wealth of management experience having been Senior Commercial Manager with Ricardo Energy & Environment for 22 years and then Contracts Manger for the environmental organization Wrap for 9 years. In June 2014 Katherine took on the role of Coordinator for Flexicare (Oxford & Abingdon) providing sitting in/care at home for families with children under 12 who have physical or learning disabilities. Katherine was also interim manager for Oxfordshire Advocacy from June 2014 – April 2015.

Laura Epton
Laura Epton

Laura joined as a Trustee early 2015. Laura has a long-standing career working for the charity sector. She began in Fundraising - holding a number of roles with Oxfam GB before taking up a National Grants Officer role with Platform 51. Laura worked for a time as a Community Support Worker with Oxfordshire County Council. Then in 2011 she joined Mind as their Information & Public Well-being Coordinator. Laura’s fundraising skills and experience of working with clients experiencing mental health issues - brings a useful additional skill-set to the current