Our People

If you want to know what Oaklea is really about, strip it back to its bare essentials - we’re all about people.

We’re very proud of how, every day, we help transform so many different lives in a multitude of ways.

The mechanics of our organisation mean there are lots of important people in the background (mostly unseen by those whose day to day living depends on us) making sure Oaklea delivers its promises, but our focus and motivation is always for the people we assist.

Our teams operate throughout the North of England, covering an area from Nottingham and Cheshire up to Cumbria, Northumberland and the Borders.

If you would be interested in joining the Oaklea Trust team then we’d be delighted to hear from you - please visit our recruitment pages.

Gender Pay Gap & Oaklea Trust (June 2018)

“At Oaklea we value every single employee and believe that our people are our number one asset; without their hard work, efforts and enthusiasm we would not be able to deliver the amazing variety of options for our customers.As with all organisations the size of Oaklea we have recently analysed the pay of our workforce by gender.This analysis has been an interesting exercise and it is heart-warming to see that across the full range of pay levels, we employ very similar proportions of males and females, in the lower pay quartile the proportion of female staff members is 72%, in the next quartile it is 79%, the third quartile is 86% and then finally in the upper quartile it is 75%.Oaklea has also calculated the average pay in terms of hourly rate.There are two methods of calculating the average used in this analysis, the median shows the midpoint in the range and the mean is a calculated ‘traditional’ average. These statistics show that using the median method of calculating the average, women are paid 4.2% higher than men, while using the mean method of calculating the average shows women are paid 8.8% lower than men.Therefore on-balance taking the full range of analysis into account, Oaklea pay its male and female employees comparably.” Clive Wigley, CEO Oaklea Trust

If you feel you would like to join our team or learn more about the positions we have to offer please contact HR at hr@oakleatrust.co.uk

Clive Wigley - Chief Executive

Clive began his career, originally qualified in nursing, specialising in learning disability and mental health. From there he has progressed through a number of local authorities and national charities including The Royal Society Mencap.

As Chief Executive of the company Clive has the delegated task of managing the day to day business of the company. He has responsibility for financial control and strategic planning for the organisation. He line manages all members of the Executive and is Secretary to the Board of Trustees.

He also acts as an adviser to a local registered Social Landlord and attends many meetings and events in the pursuit of further opportunities for people with disabilities.

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Sandy Murray - Director

Sandy is a qualified accountant and member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

She began her career working for a major national supermarket where she gained experience in finance, market research and commercial buying. After ten years in the retail sector she moved into the not for profit sector; as a senior financial manager and company secretary within the social housing sector.

Sandy has also held a post of Senior Lecturer at the University of Cumbria where she developed a professionally accredited accounting degree and degree apprenticeship and managed the delivery of the BSc (Hons) Social Enterprise Leadership and the foundation and first years of business programmes.

Sandy is a member of the CIMA Conduct Committee, a member of the Institute of Leadership and Management and has an MBA from the Bradford University School of Management.

Sandy is responsible for the financial management of the organisation, marketing and fundraising, and for the subsidiary Right2Work CIC.

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Susan Green - Director

After graduating in 1990 from Keele University, Sue has worked within the private sector, civil service and charitable sector at senior management level.

She has established a proven track record in operational and strategic planning.

Her main responsibilities are as Registered Nominated Individual with the Care Quality Commission; Operational Director responsibilities for the North East region; new business development, Quality and Continuous Improvement planning and implementation and management of the organisation’s Home Care & Community Team.

  • Combined BA (Hons) Degree in Psychology & Politics (2:1)
  • Certificate in a Practical Guide to Conducting Internal and Supplier Quality Systems Audits to ISO 19011:2002
  • Professional Diploma – Management In The Community
  • Diploma in Process Excellence (ISO9001:2000)
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Alexandra Wolfenden - Director

Before joining the Trust in January 2014, Alex was Housing Director at Fairoak Housing Association for the past nine years, before that working at senior management level within a large national retail chain responsible for the development of new projects and property maintenance.

Alex brings with her vast experience of our customer group and proven experience in project management, development of new initiatives, financial management and excellent people skills.

Alex is responsible for the Trust’s Health & Safety matters, Operational Director responsibilities for the North West region, Adult Care Homes , Learning Disability Services for Children and Adults and oversees our Leisure services in partnership with the Riversiders Trust.
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Second Floor,
East Wing,
Station House, Station Road, Kendal
Cumbria LA9 6SA

Telephone. 01539 735 025
Email. enquiries@oakleatrust.co.uk

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