Board of trustees

Oxford Homeless Pathways (OxHoP) is governed by a voluntary Board of Trustees. The Board meets every two months to ensure that OxHoP meets all its statutory responsibilities, and to steer the strategic direction of the organisation.

There is one permanent sub committee, Finance, which meets three or four times a year.

William Downing (Chair)

William is a partner in Oxford law firm Morgan Cole. He specialises in Employment Law and has done so since qualifying in 1996. William’s work has involved advising many housing associations over the years and this has fuelled an interest in housing matters.

He very much enjoys being involved with the excellent work of OxHoP. William grew up near Oxford and, after living and working in London for ten years, has moved back to Oxfordshire with his wife and two children.

Eamonn Gaspar (Treasurer, Finance sub group)

Eamonn is a self employed Management Consultant. Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant (too many years ago to remember), Eamonn spent a number of years in the accounting profession before entering management consultancy, specialising in systems and process improvement.

He has worked in many different organisations in the UK and abroad. Although Eamonn has limited experience in the charitable sector he has a particular interest in the problem of homelessness.

Eamonn has been a trustee of Oxford Homeless Pathways since October 2009.


Karen Simeons

Karen has worked for a range of education companies in Oxfordshire since 1997, including RM, Pearson and Oxford University Press, where she manages a digital programme for their English Language Teaching business.

Drawing on a background which includes project management, marketing and strategic planning she is pleased to offer her support to Oxford Homeless Pathways as a trustee, having joined the Board in 2009.

Karen is a keen traveller, enjoys wine tasting and a range of sports including yoga, snowboarding and dance. She lives in Oxford with her husband.

Gail Siddall (Finance sub group)

Gail is an Environmental Health Officer. She has worked in local government since 1986, specialising in private sector housing enforcement. Gail moved to Oxford in 1990 and worked at Oxford City Council until 2010 where she was responsible for enforcement of standards within the shared houses of the city (HMOs). Gail is currently Team Manager at Bracknell Forest Borough Council.

She has always had an interest in homelessness and whilst working at Oxford was supportive to the homeless network within the city.

Outside work Gail enjoys a busy family life with her husband and two teenage sons. She enjoys aerobics and ballroom dancing as well as being a keen allotment holder.

Liz Barter

Liz has worked in the social care field for 13 years, with people with learning disabilities and mental health problems, offenders, and people with drug and alcohol addictions. In 2011 she gained an MSc from the Institute of Psychiatry in Clinical and Public Health Aspects of Addiction.

Liz has worked in substance misuse since 2005, and has set up and managed a range of treatment services, including structured day care for offenders, services for young people, specialist crack cocaine and stimulant provision, and criminal justice services. Liz has a particular interest in homelessness and the opportunity that organisations like OXHOP have to make a direct and lasting difference to the lives of the most excluded people.

Liz currently works for The National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse, as Deputy Regional Manager for the South East, and lives in Bucks.

Robin Aitken

Robin moved to Oxford in 1987. Since 2009 he has been one of the directors of the Oxford Food Bank – an entirely voluntary scheme which delivers fresh food to Oxford charities free of charge.

A journalist by profession Robin spent 25 years at the BBC, latterly as a reporter on Today. His interest in homelessness goes back to the early 1980s when he was living in Brighton. In addition to his work for the Food Bank he tries to do some writing!

Tom Flanagan (Finance sub group)

Tom is a civil engineer by training and is employed as a Head of Service by Oxfordshire County Council. He has had many years’ experience in delivering housing regeneration programmes and in managing strategic housing services.

Tom is married with three daughters and three grandchildren and lives in Headington. A Scouser by birth, he is a season ticket holder at Anfield and also enjoys watching his local club, Oxford City.

Anne Clarke

Anne is Head of Housing for the Oxfordshire Mind/ Response housing partnership, providing supported housing to people with mental health problems.

Anne came to Oxford to take a degree in Experimental Psychology at St Catherine’s college. Staying in the city, she has worked in mental health for 17 years, with the past 12 years working in the voluntary sector and supported housing.

Anne is a keen scuba diver, and has dived all over the world. When in Oxford, she enjoys spinning, body pump and yoga, and is a connoisseur of the zombie in modern media!

Margaret Stevens (Finance sub group)

Margaret is an economist who has lived in Oxford for many years.

She has been interested in the problem of homelessness since first encountering it in the 1980s while volunteering as a Samaritan. She is now a Professor of Economics at Oxford University, where her research work includes social policy and unemployment, and feels it is important for members of the university to play their part in the local community.

She is very pleased to be able to support the work of Oxford Homeless Pathways as a trustee.

Andrew Rodzynski (Finance sub group)

Andrew has worked at a local firm of Accountants for the last nine years and currently holds the position of audit manager.  Having trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant, his profession has enabled him to gain a varied experience of assisting both local and international charities.  

Andrew has lived in Oxford all his life and therefore has always been aware of the homelessness issue in the city.  He wants to use his strong charity finance background to help OxHoP and learn about the human issues involved.

Outside of work Andrew’s interests are rugby, skiing and golf.