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Our Trustees

Our Trustees are vital supporters of our programme. They use their skills and experience to help us make good decisions and achieve our goals. If you would like to know more about how being a trustee can help us help our co-farmers, please contact us.

Chair of Trustees Roz has a background in agricultural economics and began her professional career as a fellow of the Overseas Development Institute in Belize, Central America. She was a lecturer in the Department of Agriculture and Food Marketing, Newcastle University and more recently in the School of Agriculture and Policy Development, University of Reading. She worked for LMC International as a consultant and Director of Sugar and Sweeteners Research, and has also worked with the pharmaceutical sector as a consultant. She ran “Charity Mentors”, an Oxfordshire-based charity offering free-of-charge mentoring to charity leaders in Oxfordshire for 8 years and is now a member of the Step Change Oxfordshire funding panel.

Roz Warren

Chair of Trustees

Roz has a background in agricultural economics and began her professional career as a fellow of the Overseas Development Institute in Belize, Central America. She was a lecturer in the Department of Agriculture and Food Marketing, Newcastle University and more recently in the School of Agriculture and Policy Development, University of Reading. She worked for LMC International as a consultant and Director of Sugar and Sweeteners Research, and has also worked with the pharmaceutical sector as a consultant. She ran “Charity Mentors”, an Oxfordshire-based charity offering free-of-charge mentoring to charity leaders in Oxfordshire for 8 years and is now a member of the Step Change Oxfordshire funding panel.
Treasurer After an early career as an accountant in manufacturing industry, Will spent 19 years at Henley Management College, initially as Finance Director of a subsidiary company, and then as FD of the College itself. In addition to the finance role, at various times he was responsible for HR, IT, Facilities and Company Secretarial functions. Will spent the last 5 years as FD at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School before taking early retirement in 2014 following testicular cancer. Will has a BA in Business Studies, and is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (so the letters after his name are FCMA CGMA BA). Will is married with a daughter and two grandchildren, and lives in Jericho.

Will Gale

Treasurer

After an early career as an accountant in manufacturing industry, Will spent 19 years at Henley Management College, initially as Finance Director of a subsidiary company, and then as FD of the College itself. In addition to the finance role, at various times he was responsible for HR, IT, Facilities and Company Secretarial functions. Will spent the last 5 years as FD at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School before taking early retirement in 2014 following testicular cancer. Will has a BA in Business Studies, and is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (so the letters after his name are FCMA CGMA BA). Will is married with a daughter and two grandchildren, and lives in Jericho.
Judith grew up on a small holding in rural Devon. A walk in the garden and woodland planted by her parents from the 1960s remains a pleasure. Although she has not inherited her parents’ green fingers, Judith does enjoy helping on the land and tends a much smaller garden at home. Having graduated from Oxford in 1982, Judith is a clinical psychologist with over 37 years experience working within health, social care and special educational settings starting in the East End then moving to Greenwich and onto Oxfordshire where she has lived and worked for the past 27 years. Her clinical work has been mainly with adults and children with learning disabilities. Her research and service development interests have focussed on Intensive Interaction. Judith has had a long-standing involvement with the Oxford Doctoral Course in Clinical Psychology. She became Head of Psychology Services for Oxfordshire Learning Disability NHS Trust (Ridgeway Partnership) in 2008. On retirement in 2016, she resumed clinical work part time. Judith has had two stints, twenty years apart, as the national chair of a committee for the British Psychological Society and is a mentor for the BPS. She was chair of the year-long Edward the Confessor Millennium Festival in Islip in 2005. For several years Judith was chaperone coordinator and safeguarding lead for Musical Youth Company of Oxford. Since 2000 she has been a volunteer in the Islip community shop. It is a joy to support the opportunities for personal development and fulfillment that FarmAbility offers its co-farmers.

Judith Samuel

Judith grew up on a small holding in rural Devon. A walk in the garden and woodland planted by her parents from the 1960s remains a pleasure. Although she has not inherited her parents’ green fingers, Judith does enjoy helping on the land and tends a much smaller garden at home. Having graduated from Oxford in 1982, Judith is a clinical psychologist with over 37 years experience working within health, social care and special educational settings starting in the East End then moving to Greenwich and onto Oxfordshire where she has lived and worked for the past 27 years. Her clinical work has been mainly with adults and children with learning disabilities. Her research and service development interests have focussed on Intensive Interaction. Judith has had a long-standing involvement with the Oxford Doctoral Course in Clinical Psychology. She became Head of Psychology Services for Oxfordshire Learning Disability NHS Trust (Ridgeway Partnership) in 2008. On retirement in 2016, she resumed clinical work part time. Judith has had two stints, twenty years apart, as the national chair of a committee for the British Psychological Society and is a mentor for the BPS. She was chair of the year-long Edward the Confessor Millennium Festival in Islip in 2005. For several years Judith was chaperone coordinator and safeguarding lead for Musical Youth Company of Oxford. Since 2000 she has been a volunteer in the Islip community shop.
It is a joy to support the opportunities for personal development and fulfillment that FarmAbility offers its co-farmers.
Lawrie has recently retired after a variety of roles in education. He began as a subject teacher in three comprehensive schools, moved into the commercial sector in several management positions, and latterly became Director of an International College in Oxford. Career breaks have provided some of his outstanding memories: VSO at a university in Qena, Upper Egypt; Education Officer at Avebury Stone Circle; teacher/manager at the British Council in Caracas, Venezuela; and teacher at a residential school in Wiltshire for children with specific learning difficulties. Since August 2021, Lawrie has enjoyed volunteering with FarmAbility once a week, first at Blenheim and presently at Willowbrook Farm. Inspired by the experience, he created his first raised-bed garden at home this year – but says he's still got plenty to learn!

Lawrie Coupland

Lawrie has recently retired after a variety of roles in education. He began as a subject teacher in three comprehensive schools, moved into the commercial sector in several management positions, and latterly became Director of an International College in Oxford. Career breaks have provided some of his outstanding memories: VSO at a university in Qena, Upper Egypt; Education Officer at Avebury Stone Circle; teacher/manager at the British Council in Caracas, Venezuela; and teacher at a residential school in Wiltshire for children with specific learning difficulties. Since August 2021, Lawrie has enjoyed volunteering with FarmAbility once a week, first at Blenheim and presently at Willowbrook Farm. Inspired by the experience, he created his first raised-bed garden at home this year – but says he’s still got plenty to learn!
Following a series of campaigning and project management roles in the charity sector (in disability and health organisations), Hannah now works in Public Health at Oxfordshire County Council. She is excited to be involved with FarmAbility, as she has a brother living with Down's Syndrome and autism, and has seen first hand the benefits of a varied and active lifestyle for him. Hannah has a degree in International Development and enjoys travel. She lives in West Oxfordshire, and loves enjoying the beauty of the local area by walking and cycling in her spare time.

Hannah West

Following a series of campaigning and project management roles in the charity sector (in disability and health organisations), Hannah now works in Public Health at Oxfordshire County Council. She is excited to be involved with FarmAbility, as she has a brother living with Down’s Syndrome and autism, and has seen first hand the benefits of a varied and active lifestyle for him. Hannah has a degree in International Development and enjoys travel. She lives in West Oxfordshire, and loves enjoying the beauty of the local area by walking and cycling in her spare time.

Neil Sleight

Would you like to join our Board?

Would you like to make a positive difference to adults with learning difficulties and autism?

The most important attributes of a trustee for us is a belief in what we are doing and an enthusiasm and commitment to help us do it. If you do have experience in health & safety, safeguarding, finance or commercial/HR it would be particularly helpful to us but if you don’t, and like the sound of what we are doing, please do get in touch.

The time and dates of our 4 annual  trustees’ meetings are fixed by mutual agreement a year in advance. There are also occasional ad hoc meetings as the need arises (usually by Zoom when this happens), some time from each of us devoted to our oversight area and, the occasional social.

If you would like to find out more, please contact Roz Warren (Chair of FarmAbility) through our Contact Us page.