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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.

Long-Term Team

Programme Manager
Johnny Gilchrist
Operations Team Leader
Paul German
Team Manager
Rob Marsden
Special Projects Mgr.
Bob Pidd
Bookings Manager
Erica Greaves
Jonny Greaves
House Manager
Karen Holmes
Media Manager
Luke Holland
Follow On Manager
Mary-Ann Clayton
Catering Manager
Meg Savage
Estate Manager
Tom Clayton
Support Team Coordinator
Ciara Long
P.A. to Directors
Heidi Beatson
Asst. Programme Manager
Jhonnar Lugo
Asst. Media Manager
Joel Hutton
Assistant Estate Manager
Nat German

Residential Trainees (2019-2020)

Elle Waters
Luke Sherwood

Impact Team (2019-2020)

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.

Angela Dellemann
Ben Linsky
Beth Kingham
Charlie Waters
Charlotte Jones
Craig Hadden
Fiona Zirngast
George Thaw
Jacob Appau
Jaz Heron
Maggie Freeze
Mikey Gilmour
Nicky Sanders
Rafa de Lima
Theo Bentley


Our trustees are Martin Bell, Ian Burton, Anthony Fisher, Helen Harvey, Jo Hopkins, Dan Thaw and Steve Wilkinson.