Trustees and Project Team

Candida March

Candida March

Local resident, community engagement and business adviser. Chair of Trustees.

Candida March has been an Oxford resident since 1982 and lives locally to the centre. Her passionate commitment to social inclusion and empowerment have led her to be on the Boards of INTRAC, Film Oxford (Chair), Oxford HR (chairing Board meetings) and Florence Park Community Association.

Paul Roberts

Paul Roberts

CEO of Aspire, former local resident and parent. Trustee.

A former Florence Park resident, Paul Roberts is Chief Executive Officer of Aspire Oxford, an award-winning employment charity and social enterprise, founded in 2001.

Annie Davy

Annie Davy

Local resident, education and childcare consultant. Founding member and current project strategic lead.

Annie lives locally and set up The Nature Effect Community Interest Company in 2011. Annie is founder of Barracks Lane Community Garden – a thriving project in East Oxford established over 10 years ago. Recently completed a six-month Interim Headship Role with Grandpont Nursery School.

Scott Urban

Scott Urban

Local resident, parent, business adviser. Trustee.

Scott is a founding partner at Oxford Innospace LLP, a shared workspace in East Oxford. He lives on the Florence Park with his wife and children.

Tanja Fletcher

Tanja Fletcher

Early Year practitioner, Forest School leader, local parent. Nursery manager, founding member.

Tanja lives locally in Florence Park and has raised her children here. She has 20 years’ experience working in Early Years and experience in a range of settings including nurseries, pre-schools, children’s centre and a Foundation Unit in a primary school. She holds a BA in Early Years education and is Forest School leader.

Makena Lohr

Makena Lohr

Interim Project Manager

Makena is our interim project manager. She works on communications, fundraising and supporting our volunteers. Makena has lived in Oxford for 5 years, working for a range of charities and community groups. Alongside her role at Flo’s she currently works at The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare, and voluntarily for Xenia - a workshop bringing together migrant women learning English.

Anna Thorne

Anna Thorne

Local resident and parent, management and development of early years provision, family support services and community engagement. Trustee.

Anna has lived in Florence Park since 2001. She is an active community member with considerable local knowledge and connections. Anna managed Donnington Doorstep for 13 years. She has been a trustee and Vice Chair of Oxfordshire Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre since 2015 and recently took up the post of Executive Director at the Oxford Parent Infant Project (OXPIP).

Will Pouget

Will Pouget

Local resident, parent, local business manager (Catering). Café owner and founding member.

Will is a local parent and founder of The Vaults Café which won Sustainable Restaurant of the Year Award 2016 in recognition of its farmer-first approach to sourcing, excellent efforts on food waste reduction and great communication with customers.

Kirsten Dennis

Kirsten Dennis

Local resident, parent, digital marketing specialist. Communications lead.

Kirsten, a New Zealander, has lived in Florence Park for two years. She runs a digital and marketing consultancy specialising in publishing, hospitality, the performing arts and charitable sectors.

Maddy Bidulph

Maddy Bidulph

Local resident, parent, PR and communications consultant. Public relations and communications.

Oxford-born Maddy moved to Florence Park three years ago after ten years working for women’s magazines in London. She now juggles running Giant Peach PR, her social media and content agency, with being a full-time mum to toddler Daphne.

Guinevere Webster

Guinevere Webster

Local resident and parent, clinical psychologist and mindfulness teacher. Secretary leading on membership.

Guin has lived in Florence Park since 2008 with her husband and three children. As a clinical psychologist she worked in the NHS for 14 years specializing in the family impact of neurological disability, currently she works in private practice focused on the transition to parenthood. She has been involved in founding and volunteering for various charities and community groups for parents with young children for the past 10 years.

Founding Members and Steering Group

Shilpa Bhatt

Shilpa Bhatt

Oxford resident, equalities and children’s services consultant. Founding Member.

Shilpa was Head of two Children Centres in Oxfordshire. With a post graduate degree in science she has worked as consultant and delivered training in stakeholder engagement and equality and management in different sectors.

Jane Gallagher

Jane Gallagher

Florence Park resident, parent, community engagement, communications and playfulness. Founding Member.

Jane has lived in Florence Park since 2000. She has been a primary and secondary teacher and more recently worked as Play Development Officer for Oxfordshire. Community initiatives include taking a lead in the highly successful resurgence of the Florence Park Community Centre, organising the first Playing Out street play project in Oxford and setting up street parties. She is editor of Florence Park Newsletter, and is a local parent.

Josh Brewer

Josh Brewer

Local resident, social enterprise and community engagement adviser. Founding Member.

Josh has extensive experience of working with social enterprises to develop their business plans and to communicate their positive social impacts. He is a parent and has lived around the corner from Florence Park for over 10 years.

Ella Sinclair

Ella Sinclair

Founding Member

As Managing Director of Abel & Cole, Ella took turnover from £0.5m to £28m in 7 years. At the same time, Ella set leading ethical standards, winning The Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development, Soil Association Organic Retailer of the Year, and the Fast Track 100 Green Award. Ella has advised a number of other successful social enterprises, including Happy Ltd and City Car Club. She is currently working with ClearlySo, the UK’s leading Impact Investment Bank.

Alexander Massey

Alexander Massey

Florence Park resident, coach, teacher, facilitator, project management. Founding member.

Alexander has lived in Florence Park for over 18 years. Alexander has worked in education, heading school music and drama departments at primary and secondary level, teaching for various universities, and in youth theatre. Alexander also works as a professional musician.

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