Our People

Support staff


A number of people and teams enable the College to run effectively and efficiently.

Grant Farrant

Director of Operations and Finance

Grant Farrant, Director of Operations and Finance, is part of the leadership team with Johnny Juckes, David Shaw, and Matthew Sleeman. Before coming to Oak Hill, Grant was Assistant Chief Executive with the Christian Conference Trust, where he developed his passion for the transformative impact of residential ministry. He has a degree in theology with education studies from Cambridge, and his postgraduate studies were in business administration. Grant combines his faith, education, business skills and commitment to residential ministry to shape the future sustainability of Oak Hill. He attends Hoddesdon Parish Church in Hertfordshire, where he worships with his wife, Becca, and their two young children.

Jon Wright

Marketing and Digital Communication

Jon Wright is responsible for marketing and digital communication, with the aim of involving more people in the life of Oak Hill, so that more people are trained for ministry in the real world, and more people hear the gospel. He is involved with building relationships with former students and churches, and organising resources such as publications, events and social media to maximise current opportunities and develop new ones.

Clare Osborne & Rosie Cowan

Admissions Team

The Admissions team is here to help anyone on the journey from enquiring to applying to beginning their studies at Oak Hill. They are also responsible for events and communication that relate to admissions, including our regular Open Mornings. Clare Osborne is our Admissions Manager and Rosie Cowan is our Admissions Officer.

View of the Oak Hill academic centre outside

Academic Administration Team

The Academic Administration Team provides support to students and academic staff as it manages the administrative structures that underpin the academic programmes and students’ learning and assessment. Within College, this includes maintaining student records, compiling teaching and exam timetables, organising student assessment, providing disability support, and overseeing the College’s quality assurance processes, such as student feedback.

Externally, they ensure that our academic programmes meet national quality standards set by government, the Church of England, and our validating university, Middlesex University. They also ensure compliance with external higher education regulatory and statutory requirements.

The team is led by Senior Registrar Caroline Hinch, and comprises Anne Andrews, Quality Assurance and Enhancement Manager; Carol Hill, Academic Registrar; Tricia O’Gorman, Academic Administration Officer.

View of the Oak Hill academic centre from outside

The Library

Oak Hill Library provides students and staff with the resources needed for teaching and learning. Please find more details here.

The Librarian is David Fordyce, who joined Oak Hill in summer 2021 having previously worked in various roles including Head of Information Services at UK's leading Food and Drink research association, Campden BRI, where his responsibilities included library, databases, publications, membership, and marketing and comms for the global Brewing Industry. Outside of work he has always maintained a large collection of C.S Lewis first editions and can be found cycling or trail running.

Oak Hill site manager trimming a bush

Facilities and Site Team

The Oak Hill campus is a wonderful place to live and learn. Day to day this is thanks to the facilities and site team. Catering, housekeeping, buildings upkeep and development, grounds maintenance and reception each have a team of creative and energetic staff working behind the scenes to deliver those key services.

Overall responsibility for the department, for ensuring the safety of staff and students, organising complex work schedules, liaising with specialist contractors, meeting building codes and associated government regulations within budget limitations falls to the Facilities and Site Manager, Isobel Waspe.

View of the Oak Hill ground from inside

Information Technology Office

The IT department is responsible for the smooth running of the College IT infrastructure. This provides support for staff and students as they carry out day to day teaching, study and administrative activities, as well as support of the technology used in lecture rooms and the library. It also provides the technical network support for the College internet, ethernet and WiFi in student study rooms, as well as printing facilities and internet in the College-owned housing accommodation. The IT Officer for Oak Hill College is Anthony Sarpong.

The Oak Hill College building

Finance Office

The Finance Office team comprises a Finance Officer and a Payroll Officer / Finance Assistant. The office is responsible for the billing of student fees, processing payments to students, including bursaries, and collecting student rental and other income; processing all other College payments and income, and the College’s payroll. The Finance Officer is Karen Sparkes and the Payroll Officer is Sammie Ranasinghe.

Oak Hill College tree with blossom

PA to the President and College Director

The PA to Johnny Juckes, President, is the first point of contact for students wishing to make appointments. The PA also provides administrative support for the College Council and Finance and General Purposes Committee. The PA is Jemima Sohn.