Meet the Team

BCA Staff Team

Sue Holden – Company Secretary
Sharon Keene – Senior Administrator
Mandy Parsons – Eatwells Cafe Supervisor
Tanya Field – Administrator
Emma Howkins– Eatwells Cafe Assistant and Caretaker
Richard Henderson - Freelance I.T Manager


Volunteer Staff Team
Rachel Farley – Tuesday baby and toddler Stay & Play sessions
Katy Cockram – Safer Communities Barton Sandhills and Risinghurst

Trustees and Advisors


I live locally to Barton and a volunteer worker in the community supported by Emmanuel Church Oxford. I feel privileged to be a Trustee of Barton Community Association and being part of a team responsible for Job Club:Barton weekly meetings.
My background in the corporate publishing sector as a Board Director and running my own businesses, gives me an opportunity to now share my skills and experiences in supporting the growth of BCA for the benefit of local residents. It is very important to me that we enable all who are seeking work opportunities and financial independency. My commitment is to see Barton an even better place to live as part of a larger integrated, vibrant community.


I am a local resident of Barton since 2009 and quickly became involved in the community as part of the Barton Children’s Project. As these activities eventually became absorbed into the BCA during this process I became a trustee. I’m also a co-founder of Job Club: Barton as well as part of the Christmas Wonderland working team. My wife Rachel and I are proud to be raising a family (two boys and counting …) in Barton and feel more part of a community here than we did elsewhere in Oxford. Our house will be very close to the new planned development, and we`re looking forward to seeing new amenities in Barton that will benefit everyone. I am a research scientist working for 10 years at a Bio-tech company on the Science Park.


I lived in Barton for 24 years, and during that time have been a trustee of Barton Community Association. More recently I have moved, but continue to have interests in the area which I still consider to be “home”. I write regularly for Hands on News and am very interested in local issues. These include the new development, which I wish to see taking account of existing Barton`s wishes and needs, and to make sure that the two areas will be well integrated into one, supportive community.



I have been a BCA trustee since 2003, with much of that time as Honorary Treasurer. I really like the BCA’s activities, and have had a focus on advocacy and housing developments and S106 monies, as well as the wider strategy of engagement of the BCA with its stakeholders and partners. I currently work in the Examination Schools of Oxford University. I have lived in Barton since 2000.


I am from Oxford and have lived in Barton for two years.
I have worked as a teaching assistant, supporting children with additional needs in mainstream primary and special schools, for 10 years. Before that I taught English as a foreign language in Poland, Russia, Oxford and London. I lived in Poland for 4 years and can speak Polish.
Community spirit is very important to me and I am enjoying getting to know Barton residents by volunteering on local projects.
I am involved in neighbourhood watch because I am a strong believer in caring, supportive communities.
I feel privileged to be a Trustee of Barton Community Association and hope to share my experiences and skills to support developing projects in Barton.

If you would like to get in touch / contact the trustees please contact Sharon on her email address  or office number 01865 761987 and she will pass on your details to the trustees and ask them to contact you direct.