Team Changes

Written by Billie Thaw


The New Team

It’s always sad to say goodbye to the gap-year team each September, but we were very pleased to welcome 14 new team members (pictured below) who have committed to spend up to a year with us. Meet them on video.

Josh Scully (married to Lizzie, Team 2015-16) has also recently committed to help out alongside the new team this year, but on a more flexible schedule (since he is married!)

Craig, Jen, Becca Joy and Kirsty


Craig has been a familiar face at The Oakes since the very beginning, joining us officially in 2011. Becca Joy (catering), Jen (housekeeping) and Kirsty (admin) have also contributed a huge amount over the past couple of years and it is with great sadness that we had to say goodbye to all four of them at the end of the summer. We wish them all well and hope to see them again soon.

Rob Hubbard


Rob Hubbard is returning to help with admin from December to August. Rob and his wife Zoe met on Oakes team in 2002. They got married in 2004 and now have three children. After spending the last few years working at a church in America (Rob’s home), we are excited to have Rob back to help out in 2018.

Baby boom

The Gilchrists, Ogbornes and Greaves families are all expecting babies! Clare Ogborne (Catering Manager) will be starting maternity leave in November and Erica Greaves in February when she will also be stepping down as House Manager to focus on her Bookings Manager role.

In the short term, we are thankful that Meg (kitchen), and Elizabeth and Jhonnar (housekeeping) have stayed on to help in these areas. Long-term, we will continue to need extra help with catering and also a new House Manager to take over from Erica.

We are also short of boys on team this year and are looking for a full new team from September 2018.

Oakes News (November 2017)

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