The Management Team

Tom Hayes, CEO

Tom started as Chief Executive in July 2019. His third-sector career has included roles at Scope, Oxfam GB, and Elmore’s partner in the Oxfordshire Mental Health Partnership, Restore. Just like Elmore, Tom wants to ensure that nobody is on the margins of society. Tom has previously been an Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust governor and primary school governor and serves as a cabinet member and Deputy Leader of Oxford City Council. Tom is the co-chair of Oxfordshire Anti-Slavery Network on behalf of Elmore Community Services.

Charlotte Dawson, Service Manager

Charlotte started as Service Manager in October 2017. Her career in social care management has included managing community based and residential services for people with complex needs, mental health needs, learning disabilities and child protection concerns. She is a qualified trainer in health and social care, and management, and holds a BA in Psychology.

Kat Moore, Service Manager

Kat started with Elmore in Sept 2020 to lead on the implementation of services providing domestic abuse and mental health support as part of Oxfordshire’s Family Solutions Plus model. Kat is a qualified Independent Mental Health Advocate and has been motivated throughout her career by an ambition to empower individuals to understand their rights and choices, making it possible for them to speak up and be heard. Kat’s career in mental health has included management of a range of community-based provision across the Mind network (including with Oxfordshire Mind), with an emphasis on person-centred and recovery focused support throughout.

Adrian Childs, Team Manager

Adrian is a registered Social Worker and Practice Educator, having completed an MA in Social Work in 2012. He also holds a BSc in Psychology and a MRes in Psychological Research Methods. Adrian has been employed by Elmore Community Services since 2012, and has previous experience of working in residential learning disability settings (private and NHS), statutory child protection, and acute community mental health.

David Hemingway, Team Manager

David has been employed at Elmore since 2011. David is a trained Occupational Therapist, and has previously worked at Mind, Rethink, and the Complex Needs service.

Lucy Grzeszak, Team Manager

Lucy has been working for Elmore since May 2018. Her main fields of experience are education and social inclusion, sexual violence and mental health and wellbeing. Completing a MA in Re-socialisation over several years had Lucy working with young people and their families. In her career Lucy has also developed and coordinated a project for young women and girls affected by sexual violence. Over recent years she has supported people with severe and enduring mental health problems, as well having as facilitated psycho-educational workshops.

Philippa Seeber, Team Manager

Philippa first joined Elmore in 2014 as a multiple needs caseworker after achieving her BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy. She has also studied nutrition and psychology alongside her work and has a special interest in the links between physical health and mental health and how the two impact on each other. Philippa left Elmore in 2017 and worked as a health educator, delivering the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme to groups of patients across Oxfordshire, Berkshire, and Buckinghamshire. She returned to Elmore in July 2019, working as a multiple needs caseworker, before taking on a part-time managerial role to help in the set up and running of the High Intensity User Project, and the Family Solutions Plus service. Her focus remains on taking a holistic approach to recovery, and enabling clients to re-engage in meaningful occupations to support their physical and mental wellbeing

Sadia Hussain, Team Manager

Sadia Hussain started with Elmore in 2019, her career in the public sector has spanned over 2 decades and included working with young people, mental health, and project management. In addition to this Sadia has worked extensively in the third sector, specialising in community engagement, volunteering, and fundraising. She is a qualified Person Centred Therapist and holds a BSc in Psychology, applying these skills to deliver group work to perpetrators of domestic abuse, 121 and group work around behaviour change with young people in London and supporting victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence through her 121 work within marginalised communities.

Marie Sparke, Administration Manager

The Board of Trustees

Aziz Halime, Trustee and current Chair of the Board

Aziz has 15 years of experience working with the civil service as a specialist in education programmes for disadvantaged people, offenders and non-offenders with drug misuse, mental health problems and homelessness. He has developed extensive skills in designing, piloting, evaluating, and developing comprehensive training and educational programmes in a variety of community set-ups. He is a qualified teacher and coach. Aziz works for Thames Valley Probation (CRC) and as a Senior Associate for Edexcel Pearson examination board.

Anna Sanders, Trustee and current Vice-Chair of the Board

Anna is an Organisational Development Consultant and Executive Coach with experience in change management, quality improvement, performance management and workforce planning. Anna has management experience across the public and voluntary sectors and currently works as a Professional Development Adviser at the University of Oxford.

Jack Wainwright, Trustee and current Treasurer of the Board

Jack is Mental Health Lead for Herefordshire and Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, having previously been a commissioner in London. Prior to this he held operational, project management and business development roles in the voluntary sector, working with people with mental health issues, complex needs and learning disabilities.

Dr Deon Louw, Trustee

Deon is the Emergency Department lead for mental health at Oxford University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. As a full-time consultant in Emergency Medicine, Deon discovered an interest in acute mental health care, where he recognised that one particularly vulnerable group required clinicians to think beyond the reactive approach typical to emergency medicine: patients regularly attending the Emergency Department. Deon has helped to develop the current Oxfordshire ED Frequent Attender Programme.

Dr Steve Pearce, Trustee

Steve is a Consultant Psychiatrist and the Programme Director of the Complex Needs Service, part of Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. Steve is a psychiatrist who specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of personality disorder and was formerly Chair of NHS England’s Specialised Mental Health Clinical Reference Group.

Pauline Scully, Trustee

Pauline is the acting Deputy Chief Executive of Response Organisation. She was an Oxfordshire NHS leader until mid-2019 and worked in the NHS for over 40 years before her retirement. A registered mental health nurse since 1988, Pauline worked in several roles within the NHS, including Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Service Director for Children and Young People, and Service Director for Adult Mental Health Services, all at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Liz Jones, Trustee

For the past 14 years Liz Jones has worked for Oxford City Council, currently as the lead on Domestic Abuse and managing the Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Investigation team. Until recently Liz was the Domestic and Sexual Violence Lead for the Council, and in this role, she was instrumental in establishing Specialist Domestic Violence Courts and leading on Domestic Homicide Reviews. Liz was the Senior Manager of Berkshire Witness Service, responsible for the delivery of their service to all victims and witnesses attending criminal court for both the prosecution and defence. Liz has a vast amount of experience with charitable work as a volunteer and trustee.

Jill Childs, Trustee

Jill is the Principal Lecturer Social Work and Wellbeing Cluster at Oxford Brookes University. In 2020, she was awarded the title of Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy for Senior Leadership in pedagogy having led the achievement of 100% overall Student Satisfaction in the National Student Survey in 2019 and 95% in 2020. Jill has a background in working with homeless people, particularly those who are disenfranchised and excluded from service provision, having worked in the field of mental health and both voluntary and statutory sector agencies as a social worker. Jill has been the lead practitioner for Dual Diagnosis in the Mental Health Care Trust and went on to manage the Elmore Team, and collaborate with partners such as Shelter and Revolving Doors to influence government policy in these respects.

The Elmore Difference

Elmore Community Services (ECS) is a registered charity governed by a Board of Directors. It provides high quality services for marginalised and disenfranchised people throughout Oxfordshire. Elmore was established in 1989 after an Oxford research project identified the weaknesses of service provision for people deemed ‘difficult to place’.

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Client Involvement

We think that our services are better when they are shaped by the people who use them! Elmore values the expertise and experience that you have and is committed to making sure that clients are involved in guiding the way we work.

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