We are a dedicated team of staff and volunteers, you can find out more about our staff below.
Laura FinnisChildren & Young People / Home Visiting Co-ordinator
Laura joined OAB in 2018.
She started as our Children and Young People’s Coordinator and has also taken on the Home-Visiting/Telephone Befriending Service. Laura is visually impaired and enjoys helping others in any way she can.
Mary GregoryGroups Officer
Mary is our Groups Officer, she joined OAB in 1977!
She originally joined the team full-time as a Crafts Officer, she now works part-time supporting our social groups across the county.
Michael LingFinance Manager
Michael is a qualified accountant. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, the major body for accounting and financial management in the public sector.
He has many years’ experience of working for local authorities within Oxfordshire and with local charities.
Michael has acted as an independent examiner of accounts and has extensive knowledge of governance in the charity sector.
Nathan TreeClient Advice Officer
Nathan joined OAB in 2017, he is our Client Advice Officer.
He is Severely Sight Impaired due to a condition known as Cone-Rod Dystrophy. Outside of his working life, you will find Nathan moving around with his guide dog Maisie or at the ice rink playing blind ice hockey.
Mark UptonChief Executive
Mark joined OAB in 2014 after moving from a similar charity based in West Sussex.
Mark started as Client Services Manager and stepped up to become our Chief Executive in April 2021. Mark has been visually impaired since birth and is passionate about inclusion and accessibility.
Gail joined OAB in 2015 as the Administrator and was delighted to become part of the small, but dedicated team of staff.
Gail’s main responsibilities include assisting visitors to our Resource Centre and also a variety of administrative tasks including processing memberships, donations and visual impairment registration cards.