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Meet Our Team - OBS Trustees

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Dr Ilana Levene - Chair This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

BA, BmBCh, MRCPCH (Member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health), Co-Founder of Hospital Infant Feeding Network (HIFN)

Ilana leads on evaluation and impact and since January has been part of the 4th training cohort at Oxford Hub’s Young Trustees Programme.

“Since having my children in 2013 and 2015, breastfeeding has become very important in my personal and professional life. I am passionate about helping to set up a supportive, rather than destructive, environment for families to breastfeed, both in hospital and in the community. Quality community breastfeeding support is so key to mothers achieving their breastfeeding goal, and it's so cost efficient - so I have a lot of energy and passion to not only keep OBS going but to help it expand its reach to even more families”.

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Dr Juliet Rayment  - Strategy & Impact Trustee This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

BA (Philosophy and Literature); MA (Social Research Methods with a Specialism in Health); PhD (Sociology)

Juliet leads on external relations and strategy and has done OCVA’s Good Governance training.

 “I found OBS (then Baby Cafe) in 2015, when I was struggling to breastfeed my tiny new daughter and their support made an enormous difference to our experience in those early months. Even once our breastfeeding was going smoothly, I still went to the Drop-Ins because it was a friendly, welcoming space where I could hang out, drink tea and chat to other adults and it wasn’t all about the babies. I went along to a fundraising meeting in 2016 to offer my support in whatever way I could, and came away from the meeting as the Chair!  I feel passionately that no woman should need to stop breastfeeding before she wants to just because of a lack of support, and I feel lucky to be able to help OBS to support women in my community through my role as Chair. There’s never a dull moment being a trustee: I often use skills from my day job as a maternity services researcher, but there’s always a fresh challenge or something new to learn. Thanks to the commitment and diligence of OBS’ facilitators, trustees and volunteers, I’m really excited about what the future will bring for our charity and for breastfeeding families in Oxfordshire”. 

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Louise Ellis - Treasurer & Volunteer Breastfeeding Counsellor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

BSc (Mathematics, Dunelm), ACA, La Leche League Leader

“I valued the support I received from skilled helpers when I struggled to breastfeed my first child. I am now grateful that I can use my financial background (I am a chartered accountant and work in the finance team of a large school) to support a cause I feel so strongly about. Knowledgeable, community-based support is invaluable for women who want to breastfeed and I believe it should be easily available to any mother who needs it.”

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Sev Gunes-Lasnet - Fundraising Strategy Trustee This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MSc Civil Aviation, ENAC Toulouse (Pegasus award)

Sev is an Aerospace and Telecoms specialist with more than 12 years of experience as innovation manager leading the design, prototyping and product development of air and space borne telecommunications systems. 

Sev has extensive experience in the development of sustainable funding plans with a balance of funding sources. Over the years she has led and contributed to a very large number of successful funding propositions for innovative services and products, Grants applications, short and long term sustainability and growth plans, local and international funding applications as well as community funding applications.

In her role as OBS Fundraising Strategy Trustee, Sev supports the OBS fundraising lead, has oversight of the organisation's fundraising strategy, and takes a lead role and coordinate other trustees to be involved with writing and editing fundraising applications.

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Danielle Beaumont-Orr - Safeguarding and Team Liaison Trustee This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

BSc (Hons) Psychology and Human Biology
"I attended an OBS drop-in when my son was first breastfeeding. I had a really positive experience and came away feeling more knowledgeable and confident.

Everyone I know who has breastfed has at some point needed advice or support. That’s why I believe breastfeeding support is essential. I am passionate about every mother having easy access to good quality breastfeeding support, when they need it. I feel privileged to join the dedicated team of volunteers, facilitators and trustees in helping OBS provide great quality feeding support."
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Khatsha Ali - External Communication Lead Trustee envelope

"The support provided to me when I was struggling to breastfeed my daughter was life-changing for me and her. Breastfeeding allowed me to bond with my daughter in a time where the odds were against us. It is now an honour that I can use my extensive experience in medical publishing to join OBS in providing quality feeding support through having oversight on our external communication strategies."
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BSc (Hons) Counselling and Therapeutic Studies, IRMCert.

"Having had my children in 2015 and 2020, on both occasions I sought breastfeeding support which was really empowering in such whirlwind times.

I believe that OBS is such a valuable service for those on their Breastfeeding journey to empower, support and guide through the experience of breastfeeding. Having received support from a variety of breastfeeding services from the Baby Café, Milk Bank and OBS I am grateful to be able to give something back in return as a Trustee."

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Rain Irshad - Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Lead Trustee envelope

Rain is the OBS Equality Diversity and Inclusion Trustee. She has a background in Physics and Engineering and has spent nearly 20 years working in the space sector. She is passionate about ED&I and has led ED&I studies reviewing diversity, bias and accessibility in the workplace as well as initiatives aimed at increasing diversity and accessibility in professional environments.

“OBS is an incredibly valuable resource for families in Oxfordshire and the support they provide can be crucial, particularly for new mothers. I’m very excited to be working with them and look forward to making a positive impact.”

Updated November 2021
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