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Meet Our Team - OBS Trustees

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Dr Juliet Rayment  - Chair This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

BA (Philosophy and Literature); MA (Social Research Methods with a Specialism in Health); PhD (Sociology)

Juliet leads on external relations and strategy and this year has done OCVA’s Good Governance training.

 “I found OBS (then Baby Cafe) in 2015, when I was struggling to breastfeed my tiny new daughter and their support made an enormous difference to our experience in those early months. Even once our breastfeeding was going smoothly, I still went to the Drop-Ins because it was a friendly, welcoming space where I could hang out, drink tea and chat to other adults and it wasn’t all about the babies. I went along to a fundraising meeting in 2016 to offer my support in whatever way I could, and came away from the meeting as the Chair!  I feel passionately that no woman should need to stop breastfeeding before she wants to just because of a lack of support, and I feel lucky to be able to help OBS to support women in my community through my role as Chair. There’s never a dull moment being a trustee: I often use skills from my day job as a maternity services researcher, but there’s always a fresh challenge or something new to learn. Thanks to the commitment and diligence of OBS’ facilitators, trustees and volunteers, I’m really excited about what the future will bring for our charity and for breastfeeding families in Oxfordshire”. 

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Dr Ilana Levene - Deputy Chair This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

BA, BmBCh, MRCPCH (Member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health), Co-Founder of Hospital Infant Feeding Network (HIFN)

Ilana leads on evaluation and impact and since January has been part of the 4th training cohort at Oxford Hub’s Young Trustees Programme.

“Since having my children in 2013 and 2015, breastfeeding has become very important in my personal and professional life. I am passionate about helping to set up a supportive, rather than destructive, environment for families to breastfeed, both in hospital and in the community. Quality community breastfeeding support is so key to mothers achieving their breastfeeding goal, and it's so cost efficient - so I have a lot of energy and passion to not only keep OBS going but to help it expand its reach to even more families”.

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Louise Ellis - Treasurer & Volunteer Breastfeeding Counsellor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

BSc (Mathematics, Dunelm), ACA, La Leche League Leader

“I valued the support I received from skilled helpers when I struggled to breastfeed my first child. I am now grateful that I can use my financial background (I am a chartered accountant and work in the finance team of a large school) to support a cause I feel so strongly about. Knowledgeable, community-based support is invaluable for women who want to breastfeed and I believe it should be easily available to any mother who needs it.”

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Elizabeth Horwell - Governance and Safeguarding Lead, Trustee Team Liaison & Volunteer Peer Supporter This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

BSc (Hons) Medical Biochemistry, NVQ L3 Operating Department Practice, PGDip Clinical Health Care Practice, La Leche League Leader

“I first encountered OBS back in 2012 when my eldest son was brand new. The wonderful practical & emotional support I received from the facilitators, Peer Supporters & other mums was invaluable in helping me breastfeed my son beyond any goal I had dared imagine! I wanted to be a part of giving this support to other mothers & trained as a Peer Supporter until becoming a service user again when my second son was born!

Being a trustee is an opportunity to be a part of the future of OBS, so that every woman in Oxfordshire can be supported to reach their breastfeeding goals, as I was. It's tremendously rewarding to be part of such a valuable service, making a difference to so many women and families”.

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Wanja Knighton - Diversity & Content Strategy Lead This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MBA

Wanja Knighton is a fashion designer and fashion stylist with extensive experience styling both professional and political figures in Africa and North America. Her fashion start-up which has international supply chain has creatively raised funds for maternal health initiatives in Kenya.  She has featured as a guest stylist many times on TV in Kenya and her styling videos were aired weekly. Wanja has over 10 years’ experience in administration at the University of Oxford where she also served at the equality and diversity working group.

"I was born and brought up in Kenya but I have lived in Oxford for over 15 years. I intend to use my entrepreneurial skills in strategy and content management to support OBS. I come from a family with strong breastfeeding support and I am passionate that lack of support should not be a reason why a woman should have the choice to breastfeed taken away."

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Sev Gunes-Lasnet - Fundraising Strategy and Liaison Trustee This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MSc Civil Aviation, ENAC Toulouse (Pegasus award)

Sev is an Aerospace and Telecoms specialist with more than 12 years of experience as innovation manager leading the design, prototyping and product development of air and space borne telecommunications systems. 

Sev has extensive experience in the development of sustainable funding plans with a balance of funding sources. Over the years she has led and contributed to a very large number of successful funding propositions for innovative services and products, Grants applications, short and long term sustainability and growth plans, local and international funding applications as well as community funding applications.

In her role as OBS Fundraising Strategy and Liaison Trustee, Sev supports the OBS fundraising lead, has oversight of the organisation's fundraising strategy, and takes a lead role and coordinate other trustees to be involved with writing and editing fundraising applications.

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Danielle Beaumont-Orr - Secretary Trustee This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

BSc (Hons) Psychology and Human Biology
"I attended an OBS drop-in when my son was first breastfeeding. I had a really positive experience and came away feeling more knowledgeable and confident.

Everyone I know who has breastfed has at some point needed advice or support. That’s why I believe breastfeeding support is essential. I am passionate about every mother having easy access to good quality breastfeeding support, when they need it. I feel privileged to join the dedicated team of volunteers, facilitators and trustees in helping OBS provide great quality feeding support."
Updated July 2020
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