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The Client

St Christopher’s Fellowship is a charity founded in 1870 to create brighter futures for children and young people. They work across the UK and Isle of Man providing children’s homes, supported housing, fostering and specialist support services, all designed for young people in care, on the edge of care, or leaving care. They work alongside young people to support their development, grow their confidence and reach their full potential.

Key Objectives

Oxford HR worked with St Christopher’s Fellowship on the placement of three Trustees for their non-executive Board.


  • Executive Search
  • Board & Advisory
John, Trustee at St Christopher's Fellowship

All three were satisfied with Oxford HR’s involvement, noting

“The process and engagement from the outset has been excellent.  Honesty and professionalism come to mind when thinking back to this process.”

The trustees have a range of backgrounds, an Executive Headteacher of Primary Schools, a Headteacher in South West London, and a Chief HR Officer with over 20 years’ experience across different sectors.

As Headteacher, I see day in and day out the needs within the care sector and how this can adversely affect them when things go wrong and how when it goes right the positive effect it can then have on their lives and education. In being a Trustee at St Christopher’s I hope to bring my knowledge of young people to challenge and support the organisation to have an excellent contribution to their lives and in turn aid the Trust to become the best in the sector.

JohnTrustee, St Christopher’s Fellowship
Kelly, Trustee at St Christopher's Fellowship

Kelly notes that

“I had no plans to be a trustee, the thought never crossed my mind. However, as a youngster, I lived in a St. Christopher’s home for 16-18 year olds. This was an incredibly difficult time and I believe the support I was given helped me to develop into the person I am today.”

Despite their respective differences, the three trustees are united in why they were drawn to the organisation.