Our Team

Our team comes from very different sectors – scientific, philosophical, business and legal – but we share a desire to engage in questions of faith, to speak where Christ is not yet known, to train the next generation, and to live out the good news of Jesus Christ.

Speaking Staff

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John is Chaplain and Speaker at OCCA. He is Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University (emeritus) and speaks on the interface of science, philosophy and religion.
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Lara has a specific interest in studying the impact of Jesus’ life and teachings on the flourishing of individuals as well as communities. She holds qualifications in History, English Literature, Education, Apologetics and Theology.
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Max’s research focuses on the philosophical arguments for theism, the rationality of belief in God, divine hiddenness, and the historical credibility of the New Testament. Max has a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Oxford.
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Simon's work focuses on the relationship between faith, evidence, imagination and reason. Previously a lawyer, Simon holds qualifications in Law, Economics, Education and Theology.
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Tom is passionate about philosophy and theology. He has an MA in Christian Apologetics, and is currently working on his doctorate in Theology, Philosophy and Film.

Wider Speaking Team

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Amy is an OCCA senior fellow, author, speaker and theologian who addresses the deep questions of our day with meaningful answers found in the Christian Faith.
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Andy is an adjunct speaker with OCCA and Managing Director of Chorus Network. A qualified chartered accountant, Andy also holds a Masters in Philosophy and has been involved in business missions across the world.
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Calum is an adjunct speaker with OCCA, a medical doctor, and a research associate in bioethics at the University of Oxford. He speaks widely on the existence of God, probability theory, and beginning of life ethics.
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Os is a visiting fellow at OCCA. He has written or edited more than thirty books, and is passionate about religious freedom.
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Sam is a senior fellow at OCCA and a pastor, apologist, author and speaker. He writes extensively on issues relating to identity, sexuality, and faith.
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Sharon is particularly interested in questions of meaning, purpose and identity and how they relate to Christian belief. She holds a PhD in brain imaging from the University of Cambridge.

Board

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Akeel Sachak
Board Member
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Christine Brindley
Christine has been a supporter of OCCA for a number of years, having re-engaged with them when a group from her church went to a "Why?” event. Since that time she has been involved with apologetics both in her church and in a local secondary school. She trained as a lawyer and works for a Christian charity. She is part of the church family at St Nicholas, Sevenoaks along with her husband and three nearly grown sons.
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James Gardner
Chairman of the Board
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Jeremy Marshall
Jeremy grew up Bible smuggling every summer behind the Iron Curtain with his father, who was an evangelical free pastor. He was CEO of the UK’s oldest private bank, C Hoare and Co. and recently acquired Kingdom Bank, which he and some friends plan to develop to help churches grow. Five years ago Jeremy was diagnosed with incurable cancer and given 18 months to live. He regularly speaks to churches, businesses, schools and students, and wrote a book 'Beyond the Big C'. Jeremy lives in Kent with his wife, and they have three adult children.
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Martin Kitcatt
Board Member
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Matt Baird
Matt works for a Canadian pension fund where he helps ensure the businesses the fund invests in are as successful as possible, and the firemen and women of Toronto get to enjoy a happy retirement. He first heard of OCCA ~15 years ago when he was invited to a dinner by a friend and has been a supporter ever since. He lives in Twickenham with his wife, Amy, and two young children. They attend St Stephen's East Twickenham where Matt serves as Treasurer and Amy helps lead worship each Sunday. Matt joined the OCCA Board in 2022.
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Michael O'Neil
Board Member
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Yolanda Ibbett
Yolanda started her career in banking and has spent the last 25 years working in private family business in a central Executive role. She first heard of OCCA at a Stewardship event and later attended an OCCA conference where she gained a greater understanding of the huge opportunity to reach people for Christ through evangelism training and apologetics. Yolanda lives in Bedfordshire with her husband John and they are part of Grace Community Church in Bedford. She joined the OCCA Board in 2022 and is happy to share, where relevant, her many years of general experience serving on both business and charity boards in the areas of finance, governance, organisation, people and marketing.

Other staff

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Charlie Styles
Chief Executive Officer
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David Lloyd
Development Consultant
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Hannah Tenbeth
HR Coordinator and Safeguarding Lead
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Johnathan Davys
Operations Support Officer
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Julia Kutyn
Development Officer and Board Administrator
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Kathie Roberts
Training Coordinator
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Neil Corner
Director of Partnerships
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Zachary Jackman
Director of Operations