Bernard Grenville-Jones – Chair of Board of Trustees

Bernard is an experienced company director and chairman, with a financial services background, who has in recent years become involved in the non-profit and voluntary sector. Bernard is especially passionate about improving access to education and qualifications for the marginalised and disengaged across society. An accomplished entrepreneur, with first-hand experience of the phases of growth a business can undergo, and having helped to solve many of the problems a business faces during its formative months and years, Bernard has agreed to lead SOFEA’s Advisory Board during this fast-moving and exciting start-up phase.

‘SOFEA has a unique and highly innovative model that will have a positive impact on many lives and on the local community as a whole.’

David Hunter

David has extensive experience in a range of business settings. His expertise in finance and accounting is invaluable to SOFEA.

Richard Fielding

Richard’s expertise in the food industry makes him an ideal Trustee.

Andrew Twomey

Andrew Twomey is a Chartered Wealth Manager, and Principal of Twomey Wealth Management. Andrew works with professionals and business owners to help them plan for and manage their wealth. Previous to setting up his own Wealth Management practice, Andrew worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as a Management Consultant based in London. His work in this role included such projects as; working on the client strategy for a leading private bank; and the creation of the strategy for how England and China work together on Education. Passionate about SOFEA and the difference it can make for the community, Andrew assists with the strategy, fund raising and corporate engagement for the charity. Andrew is also a Committee Member for the Institute of Directors Oxfordshire. He lives in the centre of Oxford with his wife and daughter.

Emilie Prior

Emilie is Executive PA to the Head teacher at St Helen’s and St Katharine’s School. This position gives her experience relevant and advantageous to SOFEA.

Deputy Lieutenant Elizabeth Paris

Elizabeth is an Associate Fellow at the University of Oxford Said Business School, following a career as a Managing Director at JP Morgan. Other roles at the University of Oxford include being the Oxford lead for both the Goldman Sachs Foundation initiatives 10,000 Women and 10,000 Small Businesses UK, co-leading Oxford’s “Inspiring Women in Leadership and Learning”. She is also a member of the Business School’s External Relations Committee.

Dr Rachel Starer

Rachel has been involved with SOFEA since its inception and is a partner in a local GP practice. With over 20 years’ experience, she has a keen academic interest in osteoporosis, infectious diseases and general medicine. She also cares passionately about the provision of opportunities and support for young and older people who struggle.

Rachel is also a clinical and academic tutor for Oxford University Medical School, teaching fourth and fifth year students within a general practice clinical setting. She also teaches on the University’s Communication Skills programme, and examines both this and Clinical Skills aspects.

‘As a local doctor, I see the effects of social deprivation, including unemployment and lack of educational attainment and their impact on my patients’ mental and physical well being on a daily basis. These are truly a far greater cause of morbidity amongst young people than any other cause. 

‘I believe that SOFEA has a constructive part to play in improving the mental and physical health and well being of those whom it employs in terms of engendering feelings of self-worth and purpose, as well as increasing physical activity. The qualifications that our trainees receive will permit them to fledge from the programme with the ability to obtain employment, which is the foundation for a rosier future for those who have often been beset by difficulties previously. The use of top quality food,  otherwise destined for landfill, for use by our local charities exemplifies the triple whammy that the project provides.

‘This is a wonderful, innovative programme which could change the lives of those whom it trains, whilst reducing waste and providing nutrition to those in need.’