Meet the team!

It all started when…

Oxford Hub was founded in 2007 by a group of students who felt the need for better coordination between student charitable groups. The vision was a network that would connect students working across different causes so they could share insight, knowledge, and experience, thereby making all groups more effective. As more and more groups expressed interest in becoming involved with Oxford Hub, it became evident that there were many other ways in which students could have a positive social and environmental impact in Oxford.

Oxford Hub quickly expanded its activities. Its success led to the creation of Student Hubs and other Hubs at universities across the South of England. After 10 years of working with Oxford’s student population to bring about social change through practical volunteering, in 2017 we decided we could grow our vision and include all Oxford residents who want to act to make Oxford a better city.

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Nyasha Mbewe

Programmes Officer

Nature lover, food enthusiast, adventurer.

Emma Anderson

Deputy Director

Crime drama fanatic, avid reader, wild swimmer.

Ellie Clarkes-Jacques

Youth Programmes Manager

Cake baker, gym enthusiast, nanny extraordinare.

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Sara Fernandez

Oxford Hub Director

OS map enthusiast, quilting queen, keen swimmer.

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Imogen Runswick-Cole

Programmes Officer

Hydration enthusiast, orca obsessed, ramen maker.

Lizzie Shelmerdine

Environmental Programmes Manager

Plant mum, climate activist, cow enthusiast.

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Rosanna Sheehan

Enterprise and Incubation Manager

I’m new!

Hannah Macdiarmid

Oxford Hub Director

Dog walker, very small jumper knitter, Scottish.


Our Trustee Board

Jonathan Black, our Chair of trustees, is the Director of Oxford Univerity’s Careers Service. Previously Director of Modern Art Oxford, and current Welfare Tutor at New College, Oxford, he has a strong connection to Oxford City, the university, and the local community. While Oxford Hub was part of national charity Student Hubs, Jonathan chaired the advisory board locally for 7  years, reporting to the national trustee board. With an extended history of chairing and sitting on a number of trustee boards, Jonathan is well-versed in governance and has in-depth understanding of the work of Oxford Hub.

Lee Gray is a lecturer at Oxford Brookes University where she specialises in a range of undergraduate subjects including: Managing Non-profit Organisations and Organisational Behaviour and Management. Certified in Non-profit Organisational Management, Lee founded 104 Stories, a company providing CEO, board, and management support in the non-profit sector.

Makena Lohr is an embedded member of the Oxford community, currently working part-time to run a local children’s centre and part time with Xenia, a non-profit bringing migrant, refugee, asylum-seeking and British women together. Makena volunteered with Oxford Hub while a student at Oxford University, founding a number of our projects that continue to run today, and is a shining example of the difference our work can make in the career trajectories of our volunteers.