Meet The Team

John Tabor

As Director, John has overall operational responsibility for the organisation. With over 15 years senior management experience in the charity sector and eight years managing carer support services, John provides extensive insight into the challenges faced by young carers in Oxfordshire. John has a masters degree and diploma in management.

Sabiene North

Following a 22 year career in Wealth Management, Sabiene joined the BFYC team in March 2020 as our Fundraiser and Events Coordinator. Sabiene brings a wealth of skills with her from previous roles. Sabiene studied History and Politics at Southampton University and is an active member of the local running community. Her role at BFYC is vital for bringing in funds, liaising with the community, corporates and raising awareness of the important work BFYC does. 

Charlotte Burke

Charlotte ‘Charlie’ manages, develops and responds to our social media platforms on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TicTok and YouTube.

Samantha Woodbridge

Samantha is our Team Administrator and brings that vital organisational link to our work

Gemma Thorpe

Gemma is one of our fantastic support workers team, working in close liaison with her colleague Alice. Gemma engages with young carers, liaises with local schools and arranges young carer emotional support, activities and training.

Alice Hirst

Alice is one of our fantastic support workers working in close liaison with her colleague Gemma. Alice joined the charity in July 2021 after working as a teaching assistant in a secondary school during the pandemic. Alice has a first-class psychology degree from the University of Reading and has a strong interest in promoting positive mental health in our young carers. Alice engages with young carers, liaises with local schools, and arranges young carer emotional support, activities and training.

Katrina Barber

Katrina manages our wonderful team of volunteers and befrienders, ensuring that they are safe and suitable to work with our young carers. Making sure that they are safeguard and first aid trained and completed our volunteer training package. Katrina creates the links between some of our young carers that need additional support and volunteers that are able to offer more time to our charity.

Previously Katrina has had a 24 year career working in a variety of rolls in the childcare sector, and specialising in Special Educational Needs. Katrina has managed Preschools and Nurseries and has a wealth of knowledge in all areas of both childcare and management. Katrina is highly trained in Safeguarding, has a level 5 in leadership and management and has an extensive portfolio of qualifications.

Our Trustees

David Wells, Chair of Trustees

David’s career in Human Resources spans over 25 years in multi-national public-listed, private, private-equity-backed companies and public organisations, latterly as Director, People and Organisational Development at Imperial College NHS Trust.

Since 2018 he has been working with private and public sector organisations as an independent Human Resources consultant. He was inspired to join Be Free Young Carers as a Trustee having seen the positive impact that the charity makes, and the challenges faced by the NHS in meeting increasingly complex health needs. 

Lucy Pritchard, Vice Chair of Trustees

Lucy is an experienced public relations professional having worked for Harwell Campus and previously with a pharmaceutical company. Lucy joined the Trustee Board in August 2018 and lives locally in Blewbury with family.

Roy Browne

Roy graduated from Imperial College, London with an honours degree and is a Chartered Civil Engineer. Over a number of years he has held several senior positions in both the public and private sectors in England. Roy is married to Liz who is a Professor of Education. He shares his time between London and Oxfordshire and has been a Trustee of Be Free Young Carers since 2017, where he brings his commercial and marketing skills to the Charity.

Loretta Light

Loretta, a local parish councillor and a Governor of South Central Ambulance NHS Trust for Oxfordshire, joined the Board in March 2020. Loretta is particularly interested in safeguarding.

Rose Payne

Rose joined Be Free YC in 2020 through the Oxford Hub’s Young Trustees Programme. She is a communications and advocacy professional who has spent the past few years working for publicly-funded organisations, including two UN agencies, mainly on development, economic empowerment of vulnerable populations, and digital inclusion. Rose is currently studying for a Masters in Social Sciences of the Internet at University of Oxford alongside working.

Kate Pearmain

Kate joined Be Free YC in 2020 through the Oxford Hub’s Young Trustees Programme. She is an experienced HR professional working in the not for profit sector who has spent the past few years working in the charity sector for The Rhodes Trust (based at Oxford University), The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, RNIB and Centrepoint. Kate holds an MSc in Human Resources Management from the London School of Economics (CIPD level 7 accredited) and has since led on multiple people plans and initiatives that have subsequently had a positive impact on overall business outcomes.

Angus Horner

Angus former Campus Director for the Harwell Science & Innovation Campus Limited Partnership, having also been a founder shareholder inside the Private Sector half of the Partnership from 2013 until Spring 2020. He is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and is also Founder and Managing Director of Prorsus Ltd. Angus lives in South Oxfordshire, with his Wife and young children. He is engaged in the broader region and also seeks to contribute via a Directorship of Didcot First Ltd, Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, Oxfordshire Growth Board and as a Governor of St Birinus School.

Alison Thomson

As an Occupational Therapist Alison worked with Cerebral Palsied children and their families in Scotland. When her 4 children went to school Alison returned to work as an OT, first with Social Services and then in Oxford with the NHS, working with the elderly and people with neurological conditions. Alison came in contact with Be Free YC, referring many patients to them for assistance.
Alison has been involved with local politics for 36 years, becoming a district councillor in 1999. In 2011 she was selected as the council chairman. After retiring from the NHS, Alison continued to work with people, becoming chairman and trustee of the Faringdon Pre-School and vice chairman for Faringdon U3A

Lesley Legge

Lesley Chairman has been a Trustee of Be Free Young Carers for 12 years and was Chair for the period 2016 to 2021.
Lesley has an Applied Science Degree and PGCE, and began as a computer programmer on early computers, later became a Maths teacher in a South Oxfordshire state secondary School, now retired.

Elizabeth Paris

Elizabeth joined the Board in early 2021. Her career has been in investment banking as a Managing Director with Chase Manhattan Bank and JP Morgan. After a variety of board roles at national and regional level she is currently a Deputy Lieutenant of Oxfordshire, an Associate Fellow of the University of Oxford Said Business School, Chair of Trustees at Oxford Playhouse, a trustee of SOFEA and a Charity Mentor. A particular focus on women and entrepreneurship includes a role as a World Bank consultant designing the IFC program for gender sensitivity in banks, leading on from managing the University of Oxford Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women programmes in China.