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Charlotte Taylor
Charlotte Taylor (Chair)

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.

Amanda Beckett
Amanda Beckett (Treasurer)

Amanda 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.

Michael Taylor
Michael Taylor

Michael joined the Board September 2017. He began his working life as a local free church minister, then spent 15 years in theological education and lecturing on social ethics in Manchester University before becoming Director of Christian Aid for 12 years followed by work in Birmingham mainly on development issues with Birmingham University, the World Bank and international faith leaders.  He has written a number of books on poverty issues and their relation to faith and ethics. He has chaired a number of charities, large and small. He is currently working on restorative justice, migration and with an inter-faith community organisation in Leicester, also helping to set up a social justice network (called `FairPlay`)  in North Oxford. Married, with children and grandchildren.

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Sarah Peyton-Jones

Sarah joined the Board in September 2017. Sarah coordinates administration and logistics for an international development NGO providing training and consultancy in financial management, and also co-facilitates their eLearning programme. In the past she has volunteered and completed internships with charities including Christian Aid, RedR and Brave Phone Croatia in events, communications, administration and research. Having studied in Oxford as an undergraduate, she is delighted to have this opportunity to make a contribution to the wider Oxfordshire community. Sarah has long been aware through personal experience of how difficult it can be for vulnerable people to ensure their views are expressed and heard, so advocacy is a cause with considerable resonance for her.

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 Board.

Larry Gardiner
Larry Gardiner

Larry joined the Board September 2017. He is retired and lives in Barton. Larry is currently Vice Chair of the Service User Network with Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) and sits on the National Human Rights, Equality and Coproduction Steering Group at SCIE, the Social Care Institute for Excellence. Larry is a member of the Dementia Reference Panel at Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group and is a founder member of the National Dementia Policy Think Tank. In the past he has been a programme manager with humanitarian NGOs in three African countries, he has been an advocacy practitioner, he has also been a Litigation Friend, and he has been a Mackenzie Friend in successful applications to request judicial review in the High Court. He also subsequently studied law. He previously served as a trustee with Oxfordshire Advocacy from 2010-2013.

Pauline Scott
Pauline Scott

Pauline joined the Board in September 2017. Pauline brings a long career of working in the health and social care sector. This work has ranged across the public and charitable sector. Pauline has held management positions in both sectors. Her work has included working for Oxfam, considerable years of working within the NHS, in mental health, substance misuse and with homeless. Through these roles Pauline has seen the value of advocacy for individuals who are often marginalized to access more successfully mainstream services. Pauline believes strongly that advocacy can act to represent people's views and wishes and in doing so act to reduce marginalization and improve access to resources.

Jane Fisher

Jane joined the Board September 2017.