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Meet the Team

Oxfordshire Safeguarding Adults Board (OSAB) aims to keep adults at risk in Oxfordshire as safe as possible by making sure everyone understands their roles and responsibilities regarding safeguarding through training, learning and local resources.  The Business Unit supports OSAB to do this.

Our Business Unit is funded through partnership contributions. The County Council is our main funder and accountable body, but everything we do is done in partnership with colleagues not just from social care, but also, health, police, community safety and the voluntary sector to name a few.  Our Chair is independent, which helps to ensure the partnership has independent scrutiny and challenge.

The Team Members

Independent Chair – Dr Jayne Chidgey-Clark

Dr Jayne Chidgey-Clark is a Registered Nurse, with a clinical specialty of end of life care (her PhD is in outcome measure in end of life care).  Jayne brings to OSAB her experience as a clinical leader, director and non-executive director, and senior manager having worked in the NHS, Higher Education, private and voluntary sector, for over 30 years. Jayne has a wealth of experience in quality, safeguarding adults, risk and governance. She is passionate about the experience of people using services and engaging the public and people who use services in service transformation. Jayne has recently been appointed as the National Guardian for Freedom to Speak Up in the NHS.

Strategic Partnerships Manager – Steven

Steven joined the Safeguarding Adults Board in 2015, with a Masters in Adult Safeguarding Law, Policy & Practice. He came to the Adults Board after years with the Children’s Board, and brings with him his experience of case reviewing, auditing, quality assurance work, designing and delivering training and strategy development. Steve has a heartfelt belief that through strong leadership in safeguarding we can improve the lives of individuals, allowing people to feel safer.

Board Support Officer – Georgia

Georgia has been working for local authority since 2019 and has predominantly been based in children’s social care. She has recently taken up the position of Board Support Officer and is really excited about being part of providing a quality level of safeguarding to residents in Oxfordshire. She is passionate about safeguarding and delivering care and believes that through the work OSAB do, Oxfordshire is a great place for adults to thrive, no matter their personal circumstances. Before joining local authority, Georgia’s background and experience was in the legal sector, specifically property law.

Board Officer (Multi-Agency Risk Management (MARM) – Helen

Helen is a Registered Social Worker, having qualified in 2006.  She has worked in a variety of settings, including; Older Adult Mental Health, Acute Hospital, Safeguarding Adult teams, and for OSAB as Learning & Engagement Officer, designing and delivering tailored training to workers supporting adults at risk.  Helen is passionate about working collaboratively, including supporting and empowering individuals in order to bring about positive change.

Board Officer (Homelessness) – Nicky

Nicky has been working in Housing & Homelessness since 2001  She has worked for 2 local District Councils, in Housing Options, Homelessness and Housing Management and specialised in working with people requiring support to live independently.  She has previously worked for Oxfordshire County Council’s Brokerage Team, working alongside the providers for the Young Persons Supported Accommodation Service.  Nicky is looking forward to working together with Oxfordshire’s Homeless Service Providers and Commissioners, with the aim of providing the best services we can.

Board Officer (Learning & Engagement) – Laura England –

Laura has been working in education since 2018 and spent the last four years as a Safeguarding Officer in a Further Education College. Laura has experience working with young people and adults with complex needs, liaising with multi-agency professionals to keep them safe and ensure their needs are met. Laura is devoted to providing knowledge around safeguarding to improve practices and benefit the lives of adults with care/support needs.

Board Officer (Equality & Inclusion) – Agya Poudyal –

Agya has experience in monitoring and evaluation, project management and administration with both voluntary and statutory organisations. She has worked on projects supporting survivors and victims of Violence Against Women and Girls, Modern Day Slavery and exploitative labour in Nepal and the UK.  She is committed to OSAB’s approach to safeguarding people from all backgrounds by providing equitable and inclusive safeguarding services.


Board Officer (Learning Disability)Vacant