The WOBA team

The team that makes the WOBAs happen do so for free, in their spare time.

Will Barton

Will Barton

Will works for West Oxfordshire District Council where he is responsible for economic development and making sure local businesses get the support they need to succeed.

Will is proud to be one of the founders of WOBA. His favourite WOBA moment was “seeing Charlotte Pimm - Woozelbears winning the business person of the year award after several years of being a WOBA finalist and not winning. Grit and determination!”

Rich Belcher

Rich Belcher

Rich heads up First Sight Media who deliver professionally managed, high quality productions of promotional videos, events, conferences and seminars.

First Sight Media has sponsored the Charity Award for the last couple of years and Rich describes the process as “amazing to get out there and hear about some of the awesome things happening on our doorstep.”

Kate Berman

Kate Berman

Kate is the co-founder of Olamalu – the Witney based web technology experts.

Olamalu have been part of the WOBA team from the very first meeting. As well as working with the WOBA charity of the year, Kate co-ordinates the trophy design. This year, she's very excited about the introduction of the new Business & Community award.

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Jane Bigos

Jane Bigos

Jane specialises in graphic design and joined the WOBA team in 2012. As well as using her design skills, her main role is organising the WOBA events – the Launch, Celebration of Business and the Awards Dinner.

This year she’s looking forward to “seeing who has entered and learning about their businesses.”

Mark Cadbury

Mark Cadbury

Mark, an award winning business coach, has been part of the WOBA team for four years and is the Chair of Judges.

Mark says, “I am massively proud to be part of the diverse and vigorous West Oxfordshire business community and love being able to encourage and promote it in such a practical way.”

Tom Hanney

Tom Hanney

Tom is a Regional Manager with Oxford Innovation managing Business
Innovation Centres. Tom says "I enjoy playing a part in the growth and success of new and existing businesses. Being part of the WOBA team will give me more of that!"

Kelly Lea

Kelly Lea

Kelly is a freelance public relations consultant. Passionate about PR, Kelly is responsible for delivering media coverage for the WOBA community as well as coordinating the trophy for the awards.

Kelly has been involved in the WOBAs for 5 years and her favourite thing is the judging meeting. “My team members might be surprised by this answer, I’m not a judge so it’s the first time I get to hear how a business has evolved.”

Anita Lyon

Anita Lyon

Anita is one of the Directors of Jamesons Limited, a firm of chartered accountants and business advisors based in Witney.

Anita has been involved in the WOBAs for several years and her favourite thing is “Learning about all the great businesses we have in West Oxfordshire and hearing their success stories – we are very lucky to have a great wealth of businesses to choose from.”

Jo Sensecall

Jo Sensecall

Jo is the founder of Marketing Sense, a marketing agency that works with SME’s as their outsourced marketing team.

Jo is also a founder member of the WOBAs and says her favourite thing is “seeing what entering, being a finalist or winning means to a business not just on the night, but throughout the process and long afterwards.”

Rachel Warren

Rachel Warren

Rachel operates as a marketing consultant, with over 20 years of experience in marketing.

Rachel will be managing social media for WOBA in a bid to bring the awards to life to every business considering entering. Having already been impressed with the WOBAs for several years Rachel says “The awards are a showcase for the very best of West Oxfordshire businesses.”

Nicola Blackford

Nicola Blackford

Nikki is a solicitor at Everyman Legal helping busines owners and managers with everything from commercial contracts and share schemes to planning for their retirement.

Nikki has joined the WOBA team for 2019 and is looking forward to "getting involved and learning about lots of exciting West Oxfordshire businesses!"

Natalie Hopkins

Natalie Hopkins

Natalie is a solicitor at Everyman Legal covering commercial and residential property and corporate law (helping business owners plan for their succession).

Having joined the WOBA team for 2019, Natalie is particularly excited about celebrating the successes of our great local businesses!

Abbie Willcox

Abbie Willcox

Hexagon offers serviced and virtual offices, meeting rooms and admin support. Abbie works alongside her colleagues to manage their three business centres in Witney.

Hexagon has been a part of the WOBA team for 3 years and Abbie officially joined the WOBA team in 2019. Her favourite moment is "seeing the finalists shortlisted every year – it’s totally magical to see the excitement and pride across the room."

Lucy Lavers

Lucy Lavers

Lucy spent many years as a marketing manager for an international company and since starting Push Start Marketing in 2013, has been guiding clients and departments to put clear budgets, plans and tactical approaches successfully into place.

Lucy’s favourite WOBA moment was winning the Micro Business category in 2018 after three years. Lucy is now proud to be part of the WOBA team.

Hilary Nightingale

Hilary Nightingale

Hilary is the social media manager for Push Start Marketing and has the patience of a saint and the determination of a blood hound. If you’ve got media she will social it!

Hilary’s favourite WOBA moment was during the Gala Dinner in 2018, when she became a winner alongside her good friend and MD, Lucy and saw her good friends also become winners on the same night.

Additional thanks

The team would like to say a huge thank you to these individuals and organisations who generously supply time and resources at low rates or for free.

We would also like to say a huge thank you to the WOBA Ambassadors: Wendy White, Natwest; Ken Norman, Present3r; Lizzi Hamill, First Sight Media; Ian Walker, M Group, for spreading the WOBA word as well as these individuals and organisations who generously supply time and resources at low rates or for free.