Meet the Trustees
Youth Challenge Oxfordshire (YoCO) is a registered charity administered under the Charity Commission with trustees and officers.
Jane has retired from the wine trade where she ran a business she co-owned in Oxford. As well as Chairing YoCO Jane chairs the Oxfordshire Homeless Movement (a partnership which brings together over 65 organisations working in the sector across the county). She is a Governor of Appleton Church of England Primary School, Chairman of Appleton Community Shop, Chairman of her Parish Meeting and a member of the PCC. Prior to her current trusteeships she was, for several years, a Trustee of Vale House Care Home for Dementia, a Governor of the School of St Helen & St Katherine (where she was Chairman), Abingdon School, Abingdon Prep School and the Manor Prep School. Jane was High Sheriff of Oxfordshire in 2017/18 and is one of the county’s Deputy Lieutenants.
CANON SUE BOOYS
Canon Sue Booys is the Rector of Dorchester Abbey and Team Rector of the Dorchester Team Ministry which includes Berinsfield from which the original NASIO Trust Exit 7 groups visited in Mumias. In common with many of her parishioners Sue and her husband Richard can remember buying one of the original ‘pink bricks’ which helped to build the Noah’s Ark Day Centre which YoCO groups will visit and volunteer at. Sue trained as a teacher and followed God’s call to ordained ministry in the early 1990’s when her three children were still young. Since being ordained she and Richard have continued to make Oxfordshire their home and enjoy walking and boating when they have a chance! Both also enjoy travelling to other countries, Sue has visited the NASIO centres at Mumias and Musanda three times, most recently with Richard and her daughter Jenny. Sue and Richard also spent three months living and working in South Africa where they enjoy links with another project that cares for children.
Annabel first came across YoCO as a participant in its fundraising Buttercup Run in 2018. Inspired by its work, she helped to organise subsequent runs including 2020's virtual Buttercup Challenge, due to Covid-19. Annabel’s background is in PR & Marketing and as a Trustee she aims to take the YoCO story to new audiences, sponsors and supporters, demonstrating how the YoCO programme makes a genuine difference to many young people's lives. Annabel also works as a sports coach in Oxfordshire, from primary schools to universities, and believes strongly that team sports enable young people to learn important skills which bring many positive benefits in life, in particular for young women.
Christine Douglas has been the founding Project Director for YoCO since its inception in 2017. Her aim was to create a sustainable, enjoyable and challenging programme and recruit excellent group leaders to prepare the youth groups for life’s future challenges, including the transformative, volunteering trip to the Nasio Trust’s project in western Kenya. Christine became a trustee in 2019 and remains active within YoCO as part of the fund raising team and also as Lead Safeguarding Officer. Christine has a wealth of experience and understanding of the challenges facing young people; understanding the ways in which their confidence and skills need to be developed so that they can achieve their full potential. Christine’s passion for working with young people has been a central pillar of her career: initially as a geography teacher which led to a senior management position in a leading secondary school, plus 12 years as a school inspector. She volunteered with the Nasio Trust as a group leader before joining Chair Jane Cranston to create YoCO.
Simon qualified as a solicitor and practised in the City of London for 7 years. Since 1995 he has specialised in learning and development for professionals, holding a number of roles with leading law firms, most recently EMEA Director of People Development for White & Case. Since 2017, Simon has worked as an independent consultant. Simon lives in North London and is married with two teenage children. Simon is also a governor of Papplewick Preparatory School.
Jill is a psychotherapist and supervisor who enjoys working clinically with patients and supervising individuals and groups. She has worked in a variety of settings, including the NHS and a theological college. Jill has a long held interest in working alongside people stemming from her first career in nursing where she engaged in teaching and managing community services in Oxfordshire. A keen advocate of developing community work and services Jill has recently set up an affordable counselling service (Cherwell Counselling) based in Kidlington, just outside of Oxford, for those who otherwise cannot afford personal therapy. Outside of work Jill enjoys being active including walking and has recently set the aim of walking the South-West coastal pathway (over 600 miles) over the next year(s).