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
P.A. to Directors
Heidi Beatson
Asst. Programme Manager
Jhonnar Lugo
Asst. Media Manager
Joel Hutton
Assistant Catering Manager
Meg Savage

Residential Trainee
Abby Hambrick
Residential Trainee
Charlotte Cosgrove
Residential Trainee
John Shannon

Team (2018-2019)

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.

Anja Nikesch
Elle Waters
Emily Dunbar
Fabian Liesenfeld
Florian Jenne
Gergő Csereklye
Hanna Zabel
Kezia Brown
Lala Grounds
Lauren Dupere
Linda Ambrusz
Marie Quandel
Simon Kipp
Sofie ter Maat


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