Dr Nick Brown
Nick is Principal of Linacre College, University of Oxford. He also chairs the Wytham Woods management committee and oversees buildings and estates matters for the University. He is chair of Trustees for the Tertiary Education Scholarship Trust for Africa, Commissioner for the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission and Scientific Adviser to the European Outdoor Conservation Association.



Elizabeth Gemmill                                                                                           

Elizabeth is an Associate Professor in History and a Fellow of Kellogg College. She has lived and worked in Oxfordshire since the 1980s. As a member of the University’s Department for Continuing Education, she has a particular commitment to the expansion of educational opportunities and to the development of relations between the University and the wider communities of which it forms a part.  


Alison Matthews

Alison is Deputy Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach at the University of Oxford. The University’s outreach work focuses on young people from less advantaged backgrounds, providing opportunities for them to enrich and extend their learning. Alison is committed to support and extend the important role that Hill End plays in the development of pupils’  personal, social and learning skills.

Charlotte Christie

Charlotte is an independent Education Consultant who has worked for many years with schools across Oxfordshire.  At one time she was manager of the Oxfordshire Outdoor Learning Service which included Hill End in its portfolio and she has always been a strong supporter of children and young people taking part in outdoor activities. She lives in Oxford and is pleased to be able to continue to support Hill End’s future development.


Amanda Beckett

Having retired after a long career as a Marketing Manager with Royal Mail, Amanda is pleased to be contributing her commercial experience to help develop Hill End into a successful charity. She believes in the value of giving children the freedom and space to explore and learn about the natural environment, and is committed to securing the long term future of Hill End whilst maintaining its unique character.  In her spare time Amanda likes to socialise, enjoys cinema and bridge, and is a keen walker, cyclist and gardener.