The Board

Linda Hobbs


Guy Wareing

Our Board Members are all volunteers who share a commitment to providing a first class housing service to St Luke's tenants. As well as making sure that the buildings and finances are properly run, there is also a focus on developing our own community, and our place in the wider community.


The Board have a range of backgrounds and areas of interest and we are always looking for people who may be interested in joining us, bringing fresh viewpoints and ideas. If you think you may be interested, there is more information about what is involved here:

Malcolm Fearn (Chairman)

Malcolm worked in the motor industry at a senior level before taking early retirement in the late 1990s. Since then Malcolm has chaired  a number of organisations in the public and charitable sectors including: Oxford City Primary Care Trust;  Thames Valley Probation; PACT - Parents and Children Together (an adoption and fostering charity); and spent two years chairing a small part of the NHS called Supporting Public Health (preparing it for a possible privatisation). Currently Malcom chairs Oxfordshire Parenting Forum, and reads with children at Windale School.  

Tony Wigley (Vice Chair)
Tony is currently acting as an advisor to the Board. He was a serving police officer for many years, and then went on to become a senior recruitment manager for the Force. He continues to be involved in Oxfordshire Scouting and is a Warden at his local Church. Tony is often to be found at McMaster House chatting with tenants and staff, and is a face that everybody immediately recognises and is pleased to see. 
Peter Hendricks (Chair of Finance Committee)
Peter brings a wealth of business experience from his 30-year career in the oil industry and subsequently in managing service companies. He is active in his local community and also works tirelessly for a charity operating in India. Peter has been with us for 4 years and is a very active Board member
Linda Hobbs (Chair of Strategy and Governance Committee)
Linda has extensive experience as a Senior Estate Manager in Oxford  for Oxford City Council. She has also managed properties for the charity Life. Now, as well as being an enthusiastic member of our Board, Linda is also kept busy by her duties as a Church Warden in Abingdon and as a volunteer at the Abingdon Food Bank.
Richard Eve

Richard brings a range of experience to the Board, and his adaptability is demonstrated by his varied career. Starting as a poultry farmer, Richard trained as a geologist and worked across Europe. A later career move took Richard into into accountancy, and latterly into IT, working on financial systems and security. Richard now concentrates on charitable and voluntary work, and acts as Clerk to the City of Oxford Charity. 

Guy Wareing
Guy has been a member of the McMaster House Board since 2012.  He is also a member of the St Luke's Hospital Board, and so provides a useful extra link between the two organisations.  Pre-retirement Guy worked with Gulf Oil and Chevron and is a Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development, and so brings valuable insights and experience. Guy has also served as a magistrate and a member of the Police Authority in Gloucestershire. 
Geoff Meen
Geoff joined us in 2019. He is a recently retired professor of economics from Reading University, who has a particular interest in housing economics. He has served as a specialist advisor to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Select Committee in its enquiry into the economics of UK housing, and also worked closely with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. He was awarded an OBE in 2007 for his work on housing.
Sarah Ella-Davies
Sarah joined us in 2019. She works as a psychologist for the Department of Work and Pensions. Her work involves supporting people with disabilities, health conditions and other disadvantages to become moe ready for work. She also brings experience of the current workplace and issues to the Board.
Jeremy Burgess
Jeremy has been with St Luke's since 2010 and is now acting as a non-voting advisor to the Board. He has very useful experience as Chief Executive of Brunel Housing in Bradford, and as a quantity surveyor. Now, Jeremy is involved with the Oxford Rotarians as well as his work here at McMaster House. Jeremy is passionate to see the Society developing its role as a unique provider of social housing in Oxford.
Reverend Jim Cocke
Jim has a pastoral role but is no longer a Board member. He has a longstanding commitment to the area, and has been the parish priest of All Saints Church for over 50 years. He knew Mary McMaster and so has a deep understanding of how Mary envisaged a community being built, rather than simple units of accommodation.   


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