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 and technology experts.

Kate was part of WOBA from the very first meeting and works with the WOBA charity of the year to help them make the most of the opportunity. This year, Olamalu also wrote some of the copy for the WOBA newspaper.

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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.”

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.”

Michele Lodge

Michele Lodge

Hexagon offers serviced and virtual offices, meeting rooms and admin support. Michele manages their two business centres in Witney.

Michele joined the WOBA team in 2015. Her standout moment is “the sheer excitement and joy on the faces of the Inclusive Care & Education team when they won the Charity Award in 2015.”

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 just over a year 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.”

David Parry

David Parry

David is a solicitor with 25 years experience in advising businesses of all sizes and sectors in all aspects of employment law.

Responsible for sponsor liaison, David describes the WOBAs as “a fantastic event, run by fantastic people.”

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 at Marketing Sense, with over 20 years of experience in marketing.

As the newest member of the WOBA team 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.”

Additonal 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.