Oak Hill is supported by a number of teams which enable the college to run effectively and efficiently.
Grant Farrant, Director of Operations and Finance, oversees the operational, marketing and finance of Oak Hill. He is part of the leadership team with Johnny Juckes, President, and Dan Strange, College Director. 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 is an elder at Wormley Free Church in Hertfordshire, where he worships with his wife, Becca, and their two young children.
The team is responsible for marketing and 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. They are 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. Nigel Bolitho is also the Lead Safeguarding Officer.
The Admissions team is responsible for managing the admissions function and all aspects of the relationships on the journey that leads enquirers to become applicants and then students, up to and including Welcome Week. They are also responsible for events and communication that pertain to admissions, including our regular Open Mornings. The team is managed by Clare Osborne, and includes Rosie Cowan, our Admissions Officer.
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; and Tricia O’Gorman, Academic Administrator.
Oak Hill Library provides students and staff with the resources needed for teaching and learning. Please find more details here.
The Librarian is Evelyn Cornell, who came to Oak Hill in 2012 having previously worked as the Theology Librarian at King’s College, London, and as Senior Humanities Librarian at the University of Leicester.
The facilities and site department ensures the functionality of the Oak Hill buildings and grounds, in support of the college’s ‘living and learning in community’ objectives. 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.
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 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.
The PA to Johnny Juckes, President, and Dan Strange, College Director, 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 Marisa Gedrych.