In each issue, we will introduce you to one of our Mentors by telling you a bit about their experience and giving you their answers to 3 questions, to include their own ‘top time-saving tip’?!

Jens Tholstrup

Jens Tholstrup

Jens is Managing Director of Oxford Investment Opportunity Network (OION), Development Director SQW Group and Senior Advisor, Oxford Economics. Previously, he was Managing Director UK, Oxford Economics, Executive Director, Oxford Analytica and Executive Director UBS. Jens holds a MA in PPE and an MSc in Economic History, both from the University of Oxford. Jens is a trustee of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), Director of Venturefest Oxford, Visiting Business Fellow at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at Oxford University, a governor of St Clare’s, Oxford and a Trustee of Charity Mentors Oxfordshire. He is a member of the Society of Business Economists (SBE).


1. What do you enjoy about being a mentor?
In my capacity as a Charity Mentor, I have been privileged to have met and worked with a number of inspirational leaders. My meetings and discussions with these leaders have provided me with insights into the significant issues and challenges faced by the charity sector and to witness the often life-changing impact of their work. It is gratifying to be able to share some of the experience and insights that I have gained from my career in the private sector with these leaders.

2. What do you like to do outside of work?
My principal leisure activities revolve around the outdoors – cycling, walking, swimming and kayaking. I am also a voracious reader and enjoy the theatre.

3. As a busy person wearing various hats, what’s your ‘top time-saving tip’ ?

My ‘top time-saving tip’ is a very traditional and non-technological one: a hand written ‘to-do’ list with priority tasks highlighted.

 

In each issue, we will introduce you to one of our Mentors by telling you a bit about their experience and giving you their answers to 3 questions, to include their own ‘top time-saving tip’?!

Sam Clarke

Sam Clarke

Sam has been an active mentor, a previous Trustee and is now Chair of Charity Mentors. His main other responsibility is as Chair of the Ethical Property Company. He has recently also been Chair of Low Carbon Hub, Oxford North Community Renewables and Low Carbon Oxford North, the Wildlife Fundraising Company and the Soil Association Standards Board. Previously Sam was Chair of the New Economics Foundation, Friends of the Earth and Stop Climate Chaos. His working life included periods as the first Director of Oxfordshire MIND and the World University Service, and Fundraising Director at Oxfam. He enjoys spending time with his 3 grandchildren and is a passionate tree planter.


1. What do you feel is your greatest achievement?
Finding a way of making contributions to many of the local and national causes which are important to me.

2. What do you like to do outside of work?
Outside work I spend 2 full days each week with my grandchildren, which is both enriching and entertaining. Also I am planning to plant a further 5 acres of woodland with family and friends to counter climate change.

3. As a busy person wearing various hats, what’s your ‘top time-saving tip’?

“My top tip is to remove as many of those demanding regular emails to a secondary inbox, to help focus on the ones that only you can answer.”

 

In each issue, we will introduce you to one of our Mentors by telling you a bit about their experience and giving you their answers to 3 questions, to include their own ‘top time-saving tip’?!

Joanna Simons

Joanna Simons

Joanna has been the Chief Executive of a national charity and two local authorities, including Oxfordshire County Council (2005-2015). She has a professional background in housing and regeneration. Previously she was Chair of Governors at Oxford Brookes University and Advisory Group member of Oxfordshire Common Purpose. Among Joanna’s past roles she was also a Non-Executive Director at the Government Office for the South East and Notting Hill Housing Trust and Trustee of Shelter. Currently Joanna is Trustee of the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT), Chair of Experience Oxfordshire and Programme Chair with the Windsor Leadership Trust. Joanna is a qualified coach.


1. Where are you from?
I’m from London and my claim to fame is being born at Hyde Park Corner! It was actually St George’s Hospital then but it’s the Lanesborough Hotel now so it’s rather gone up in the world since I arrived.

2. What do you like to do outside of work?
Life would be very bereft without the arts so I am an avid theatre, cinema, heritage and exhibition goer and feel spoilt for choice with all that Oxfordshire has to offer.

3. As a busy person wearing various hats, what’s your ‘top time-saving tip’?

“Never be without your trusty “to do list” to help prioritise, I may be sad but I have mine on an excel spreadsheet and carry it around with me…”