Meet the Team


The team is led by Dan and Billie Thaw, who established The Oakes in the late 90’s. Dan and Billie are both trained as PE teachers and have had many years experience of Christian work with children and young people, including Spring Harvest, The Keswick Convention and summer camps in the UK and abroad.


Programme Manager
Johnny Gilchrist
Team Manager
Rob Marsden
Special Projects Mgr.
Bob Pidd
Catering Manager
Clare Ogborne
Bookings Manager
Erica Greaves
Jonny Greaves
Media Manager
Luke Holland
Follow On Manager
Mary-Ann Clayton
Estate Manager
Tom Clayton
Asst. Estate Manager
Ben Ogborne
Support Team Coordinator
Ciara Long
Asst. Catering Mgr.
Heather Grieves
P.A. to Directors
Heidi Beatson
Asst. Media Manager
Joel Hutton
Catering Assistant
Meg Savage

Residential Trainee
Connor Whalley
Residential Trainee
Elizabeth Whelpton
Residential Trainee
Jhonnar Lugo

Team (2017-2018)

Here’s our current crop of young, enthusiastic youth workers who make our camps possible. From running games to leading Bible studies (and simply being fun to be around) they are often the highlight of the camp for the campers. For more info about what’s involved check out our Join the Team page.

Abby Hambrick
Beth Pearce
Charlotte Cosgrove
Jess Heywood
Jess O'Callaghan
John Shannon
Josh Scully
Lucy Turner
Luke Sherwood
Naomi Lovell
Nóra Szántó
Rose Mercer-Hawes
Sam Bronsdon
Tirca Pocsaji
Tom Thaw


Our wonderful trustees are Martin Bell, Anthony Fisher, Paul German, Jo Hopkins and Dan Thaw.