Chief Executive Officer
Fiona obtained a degree in BA Theology and Ministry at Durham University. As Chaplain to the High Sheriff of Northumberland and then as High Sheriff, Fiona had the opportunity to visit prisons in the North East and talk to staff and prisoners. When asked what would stop reoffending, the reply was always ‘a job’ and so the idea of The Oswin Project was born to create second chances and put a wedge in the revolving door of re offending.
Grace was born in Northumberland and then moved to the Lake District. After completing her studies, she moved back to Northumberland. She obtained a BA (Hons) in Criminology at the University of Lincoln and it was whilst studying there that the rehabilitation of ex-offenders sparked her interest. Grace then went on to Durham University and gained an MSc in Defence, Development and Diplomacy. She is very much enjoying the variety of her job role and working with the Partners of the Oswin Project, to promote the opportunities Oswin has for all involved.
Oswin welcomes Nathan Coundon who has joined The Oswin Project as a volunteer. Nathan studies Philosophy at the University of Leeds. He is helping with the formatting of policies and is enjoying visiting Oswinners and taking part in some of the interviews. His passions and interests are centered around studying philosophy and religion. He is a keen traveller and enjoys learning about other cultures. He is a huge Newcastle United fan. Nathan is delighted to be part of team Oswin and hopes he can help Oswin to help Oswinners!
Val Windle has been involved with Oswin for over 4 years. She mainly helps in the office at Bothal, with general 'housekeeping' and filing. She has also assisted with interviewing prisoners and ex-offenders for potential employment opportunities. This has involved visiting HMP Northumberland on several occasions and HP Kirklevington at Yarm. Val believes it is fascinating to have an insight in to how the prison system works and how Oswin is able to help after ex-offenders are released. She feels the Oswin 'impact' will grow and grow and she is excited to be a part of it and to make a difference to prisoners and ex-offenders. Oswin is hugely grateful to Val for all she does.