JWT Trustees

The Founder Members of the JWT have appointed the Board of Trustees from among their own most experienced members. The trustees 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).
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
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.

Mark Davies has lived in Oxford since 1989, working for 18 years as a fundraiser for Oxfam. A chance decision to live on a narrowboat on the Oxford Canal in 1992 led to an interest in the past and current importance of Oxford's waterways, and the history of the adjacent suburbs, leading subsequently to self-employment as a local historian, guide and author. In addition to the history and literature of Oxford's waterways, Mark's specialisms include Lewis Carroll's 'Alice' (first printed in Jericho) - he is a committee member of the Lewis Carroll Society and of the Alliance of Literary Societies - Oxford Castle, Oxford University's Botanic Garden, and early hot-air ballooning. He is the Chair of the Jericho Living Heritage Trust.

Hannah moved to Oxford in 2003 to read Modern History at Exeter College.

After graduating she worked at St Stephen’s House as Assistant Bursar where she
managed the fledgling conference work and book keeping. She moved to the County
Council as a CIPFA Trainee in 2009. Having completed her training, she has
worked in Treasury Management, provided strategic management accounting support
to Adult Social Care (where she worked with colleagues in the Clinical
Commissioning Group), and is now responsible for the Council’s Annual

Hannah has been Treasurer of the PCC of St Barnabas since 2013 having worshipped at St Barnabas since 2009.

She is married to Richard and has four children.

David Edwards was Executive Director for Regeneration, Planning, Housing and Economy at Oxford City Council from 2011 – 2017. During that time he was responsible for commissioning the Jericho Canalside SPD. More widely, he established the Council’s £3bn retail, commercial and residential development programme, including the City Deal and Growth Programmes. Previously as a Director at Arup, he was head of the firm’s consulting business in Europe: development, planning, economics, policy, environment and transport, and advisor to London 2012 Olympics. He is also a former Director of English Partnerships/Homes and Communities Agency; and served as the UK government’s lead regeneration advisor as Head of Regeneration, Land and Property. 

His other activities include being a trustee/charity trustee/non-exec director for organisations and housing associations over the last thirty years, including the establishment of a community watersports charitable trust which owns and manages property. He has acted as a national assessor for arts, heritage and other Lottery grant organisations.  He is currently Vice Chair of Response, a regional mental health housing and support charity.

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.

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 50 years. He is treasurer of the Jericho Community Association and edits the Jericho Online website. 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.

The Revd Christopher Woods became Vicar of St Barnabas Jericho and St Thomas the Martyr Oxford in February 2019, having previously ministered in east London for 5 and a half years. During his time as Vicar of St Anne’s Hoxton he oversaw the development of a youth club, a soup kitchen and a drop-in cafe for the local community. His focus in ministry is community development and finding ways for the Church and the local community to work together for the common good. Christopher has also worked as a College Chaplain in the University of Cambridge and in the Church of England ‘Civil Service’. He hails from Northern Ireland where he still has family. His wife Nadine is a Paediatric Neurologist at the John Radcliffe Hospital and together they have a daughter, Beatrice.