Our Trustees

Cowley Road Works Board of volunteer trustees.

Mark Crampton Smith


As a business committed to building sustainable communities, and embedded in East Oxford, it was logical that College and County should offer our services to CRW to help with developing a range of projects celebrating the area’s diversity and vibrancy and to ensure requisite support for the exceptional annual Carnival.

Aysha Husssain


Cathy King

Cathy works at the University of Oxford and is passionate about access to education for all young people, including education through music and the arts. Cathy joined the Board through Oxford Hub’s Young Trustees programme and is excited to contribute to the future of Cowley Road Works.

Dolcie Obhiozele

Dolcie is a trained youth and Community worker. She says: “working with young people is my passion, that`s what I am good at and all my working life is about working with young people.

“I have lived in Oxford since the 60`s I am a second Windrush generation and still standing. I am very proud of my heritage and the generation of black women that I came from Grannie Annie (grandmother) Gerty Morgan (mother).”

She has  worked both with Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council and was part of the steering  committee of the first Oxford Scrap store, organise Oxford Playday and the PARASOL Project.

Dolcie is also a member of the Oxford One Justice organisation seeking justice for the Windrush generation and an end to the hostile environment for all, She is a member of UNISON and proud to be part of the Oxford Oral History projects and the Oxford Community Education Group.

Dolcie lives in the Littlemore area of Oxford and will continue to work to empower young people to help bring about positive change.

Erin Mcdonald

Erin has worked for cultural organisations all her life specialising in arts marketing and audience development. She is passionate about the arts being accessible to the widest possible audience and is excited to be playing a small part in Cowley Road Work’s future.

Haydn Griffiths

Lucy Howe

Lucy is a professional fundraiser for the University of Oxford’s Medical Sciences Division, but prior to that spent 10 years fundraising for the arts sector. She is passionate about bringing communities together through arts and culture, and is excited to help support the mission of Cowley Road Works and its future.

Sarah Connor

Sarah works as a solicitor in Oxford but in a previous career she worked in the heritage sector as an archaeologist and maintains an enthusiasm for the historic environment and all things old and worthy!  Sarah lives in East Oxford with her family and is very invested in its community and its future.

Pax Nindi

Pax was Creative Consultant Director for Carnival 2021 and introduced the first House Floats in the UK here in Oxford.

Author, researcher, event organiser and consultant Pax is a carnival expert and guru. He has been involved in UK and international carnivals since the mid-80s. He has served as a senior member in the Arts Council of England national office, written the 2007 National Carnival Arts Strategy and the book On Route Carnival. He has produced international Carnival Conferences, researched and initiated International Carnival Fellowships in Brazil, Trinidad, Europe and USA.

Pax directed Bristol’s St Paul’s Carnival, was Creative Director for Europe’s only purpose built Carnival Centre (UKCCA) where he produced and directed Eastern region Olympics carnival project “Carnival Cross Roads”, directed the Luton International Carnival, the Brazil Encontro and European projects in Denmark, UK, Hungary and Germany. He is currently the Vice President of the World Carnival Commission (Canada), Company Director of Circus Development Agency, Patron for the Charity Soul of Africa and Carnaval del Peublo, Creative Director for Hackney and also Hull International Carnivals.

Pax has been a fundraiser and cultural arts consultant for various arts organisations including Leeds Carnival (UK), Junkanoo Commandos (Bahamas), Notting Hill Carnival (UK), Yle de Egba (Brazil), Miami Carnival (USA) Recife Carnival (Brazil), Carifete (Canada), Rampage Mas Band (UK) and Tumaini Education Trust (Kenya).

Zaheer Qureshi

Zaheer is commerce graduate and qualified member of Association of Accounting Technicians. Treasurer of the Asian Cultural Centre. Administrator /consultant and book-keeper for the local businesses. He performs the valuable task of keeping for the Cowley Road Works accounts in good order