ABOUT JWT

JWT Trustees

The Founder Members of the JWT have appointed the Board of Trustees from among their own most experienced members. The trustes are:

Phyllis Starkey started her career in biomedical research, becoming a Lecturer at Oxford and Fellow of Somerville College 1984-93. She was elected an Oxford City Councillor in 1983 and went on to serve as Chair of the Finance Committee and Leader of the Council. From 1997-2010 she was MP for Milton Keynes South West and was Chair of the Select Committee on Communities and Local Government 2005-2010. Phyllis is a long term Jericho resident, elected first Chair of the Jericho Wharf Trust. She is a graduate of both Oxford and Cambridge (DPhil).

Tony Joyce (Vice-Chair) served in the Royal Navy before entering the teaching profession. He was Usher and then Acting Master of Magdalen College School from 1968-72, before lengthy spells as Headmaster of Lancaster Royal Grammar School and then of Plymouth College. Since retiring to live in Oxford he has been very active in the local community. For ten years he was Chairman of Oxford Civic Society, which has around 1000 members; he is currently Chair of the Jericho Living Heritage Trust. In 2006 he was awarded Oxford City’s Certificate of Honour in recognition of exceptional service to the city. Tony is a graduate of Cambridge University.

David Feeny worked for IBM for more than 20 years, moving from analyst to senior marketing management roles. In 1984 he joined Oxford University’s management faculty and is now an Emeritus Professor of the Saïd Business School. He has extensive experience in management consultancy and has been a non-executive director in both private and public sector organisations. David lives in Jericho and is a Trustee of the Jericho Living Heritage Trust. He is a graduate of Oxford University and of the Harvard Business School

Henry Gibbon first lived in Jericho whilst studying for a D.Phil and after a prodigal thirty years returned in 2011. He started his career at HM Treasury working on international finance and public share offers. He has worked in investment banking, acquiring skills including corporate finance strategy, book-building, valuation and information memorandum drafting. From 1994-2010 he was editor-in-chief of Thomson Reuters covering mergers and acquisitions, private equity and financial restructurings. He now runs his own financial information company with offices in Oxford and London. He also invests and mentors early stage businesses.

Fr Jonathan Beswick has been parish priest of St Barnabas, Jericho, since 2008. He is a member of the JCA Committee and a Governor of St Barnabas School, and is also a member of the General Synod of the Church of England. He read theology at Cambridge, and has served in parishes in Sussex, London and the Black Country. He worked for several years as a Residential Social Worker with adults with learning disabilities, and is also a trustee of the Oxford Diocesan Council for the Deaf.

Charlotte Christie has worked for more than 20 years in Local Authority Education and Children’s Services Departments having begun her career as a Primary School teacher in London. Charlotte has lived in Jericho since 1998. She has been a member of the Jericho Community Association committee for much of that time and served as Secretary and most recently as Chairman, playing an active role in the debate about the future of the wharf site. Her civic contributions have been recognized by the award of an Oxford City Certificate of Honour. She has previous experience as a Trustee of 3 Charities all of which had a focus on local activities for the benefit of children and young people.

Bruce Heagerty is a residential boater who has maintained a narrowboat on the Oxford canal for 14 years. He is a trustee of the Corpus Christi Barge and returned to being a Director of the Jericho Community Boatyard after a 4-year stay in Wales.

He has worked in a number of areas, including marketing and communications, fundraising, as a teacher of English, and as a mountain guide, while volunteering time to support environmental causes in the UK, Spain and Peru.

He has a BSc in Psychology and Anthropology from Oxford Brookes and recently completed an MSc in Renewable Energy through the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales, where he simultaneously worked as a communications officer for their Zero Carbon Britain programme.

Stephanie Pirrie has many years experience in business development and general management, in a career ranging from Financial Manager in a London-based fashion house, Vice President of e-business at Telelogic - a global software company, to partner in a media production company. She now runs a software company specializing in the medical sector. Stephanie has been an active member of the Jericho community for many years, a former Chair of the St Barnabas School PTA and a co-founder of the Jericho Living Heritage Trust. She is also a singer, musician and performer, prominent in the community music scene in Jericho. Stephanie has a BA in business studies.

Dick Smethurst is a Jericho resident who recently retired after a lengthy career as an economist at Oxford University and 20 years as Provost of Worcester College. At various times he has held external roles which include economic adviser in HM Treasury, adviser in the 10 Downing Street Policy Unit, deputy chairman of the Monopolies & Mergers Commission, non-executive director of the Investment Management Regulatory Organization and of the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, trustee of Oxford Philomusica. His administrative roles within the University included Chairmanship of the General Board of the Faculties, of the Conference of Colleges, and of the Curators of the University Parks. During his time as Provost of Worcester Dick was responsible for the most extensive building programme since the College’s foundation.

Peter Stalker started work as a brand manager - first for Unilever and later for Oxfam. He then became a co-editor for the New Internationalist Publications cooperative. He is now an editorial consultant for the United Nations and works extensively in Asia and the Pacific. He has written a number of books on economic and social development. Peter has been based in Jericho for over 40 years. He is treasurer of the Jericho Community Association and edits the Jericho Online website. In addition he is a trustee of the Oxford-based charity - Strategies for Hope. Peter graduated from Oxford University in Chemistry.

Steve Watts is a Director of JCBY who has been a residential boater since 2000, actively involved in resisting the two planning applications for the Castlemill site which failed at appeal between 2004 and 2009. Since then he has regularly represented boaters interests within community planning initiatives and has helped to draft business plans for the proposed new boatyard.

Steve is also a Director of the Old Bakehouse Trust, a small-workshop-provision company which he has been part of since 1980.