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Cogges Manor House garden view in summer
Meet the board
Our Trustees

representing communities with a range of expertise

Cogges Trustees

Cogges Heritage Trust contributes by providing experience and expertise, as well as working on long term improvements, projects and fundraising initiatives to fund developmental learning programmes and refurbishment projects. To contact the Trust please email Judy Niner judy.niner@cogges.org.uk.

Trustee profile headshot Amanda Blythe-Smith
Amanda Blythe-Smith

Works as a valuation surveyor, within a specialist leisure and trade-related team at Savills PLC in Oxford, for the last ten years. She lives in north Oxfordshire with partner and cocker spaniel who keep her outside and active.

Trustee profile headshot Jim Bradshaw
Jim Bradshaw

Trained as a Chartered Public Finance Accountant. He worked for several organisations including Lancashire County Council and Oxfordshire County Council but the significant part of his career has been as Deputy Vice Chancellor with Oxford Brookes and Sunderland Universities.

Trustee profile headshot Jacquie Bugeja
Jacquie Bugeja

Head of Registration, Coroner’s & Cultural Services (including Museum Services, History Services, the Mill at Banbury and the Victoria County History) at Oxfordshire County Council. Before joining the Local Authority she previously enjoyed a career in Banking. Jacquie lives in the Wychwood area where she takes an active role within her local community.

Trustee profile headshot Paul Evans
Paul Evans

Recently retired from running his own management consultancy business working with companies across the UK. Prior to that he was European Commercial Director for an American chemical company, with responsibility for offices in Manchester and Luxembourg. He is currently chairman of the Board of Trustees for Citizens Advice North Oxfordshire & South Northants, which is one of the largest volunteer charitable organisations in the country. He is an active volunteer at Cogges (with his wife), and lives in Ducklington. 

Trustee profile headshot John Harwood
John Harwood

A retired civil servant.  From 1989-2000 he was the chief executive of Oxfordshire county council.  From 2000 he was the head of the national Learning and Skills Council and later moved on to head the UK’s Food Standards Agency. He retired from the Civil Service in 2008. He has been the chair of one of the UK's largest education charities, CfBT Education Trust, and also of the Earth Trust. He lives at Wootton near Woodstock, and since 2009 has been the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Oxfordshire. 

Trustee profile headshot Emily Hirons
Emily Hirons

Area Manager for a leading visitor attractions company, developing and operating award winning sites across the UK. She has worked in heritage management for the last 15 years, in both commercial and charitable fields. She lives in Oxfordshire.

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Julia Holberry

Runs a heritage consultancy that writes business plans, feasibility studies, audience development and activity plans to help heritage organisations set their direction and secure external funding.  She previously worked for a local authority as head of their arts, library, museums and archives services. Julia lives in west Oxfordshire.

Trustee profile headshot Graeme Merrifield
Graeme Merifield

Managing Director of Tribe Festivals, who run events and festivals including the 10,000 a day capacity Wychwood Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse; launched in 2005, it has been nominated Best Family Festival in the UK Festival Awards each and every year since. Graeme also set up and runs the Cheltenham Comedy Festival. He previously worked across arts and events and in music sponsorship for Elton John. He is a local resident who has enjoyed Cogges with his children for the last 13 years.

Trustee profile headshot Adam Nickson
Adam Nickson

Head of Marketing Communications for the Renault, Dacia and Renault Van brands in the UK; with over 20 years previous experience of building strong brands at Dyson, Jaguar and Hyundai too. In his day job, Adam brings together customer insight, data, creativity and an in-depth knowledge of many media channels to grow Renault’s brand and subsequent market share. Adam lives locally in Witney, with his wife and family.

Trustee profile headshot Judy Niner
Judy Niner (Chair)

Runs a fundraising, marketing and business development consultancy specialising in museums and heritage organisations. She’s also the founder and Managing Director of online lodging service mondaytofriday.com. She lives in North Oxfordshire.

Trustee profile headshot Sian Rodway
Sian Rodway

Recently retired from running her own educational consultancy business working with schools in Oxfordshire and Warwickshire. Previously worked with Oxfordshire County Council Children Services department for over 20 years, having previously worked in education for Coventry City Council and as a teacher in Worcestershire. She is currently Chair of Trustees for The Iffley Academy the largest special school in Oxfordshire and a Trustee for a Domestic Abuse Charity, Reducing the Risk, based in Oxford. She lives in a village on the edge of Witney.

Trustee profile headshot Jeremy Stone
Jeremy Stone

Works as a Heritage Specialist and Project Manager for Greenwood Projects, heading up the London and Witney offices.