Our Oxford Team

aBoBs Oxford contingent

Anthony Hearn

My journey with A Band of Brothers started in January 2014 when I did my Beyond the Hero weekend. I then became a member of the Eastbourne community and now sit in the Oxford community having moved to Buckinghamshire. I have spent many years working in catering initially, then the corporate sector and latterly Health and social provision. I have also trained and worked as a therapist in numerous settings.

What is your motivation for being part of A Band of Brothers?

I deeply believe in the importance and power of community. Being part of A Band of Brothers allows me to put this front and centre in my life. I recognise the importance of rights of passage for young men and the need for young men to have positive, challenging and deeply connecting relationships with older men in their communities. I have, and continue to witness the difference this makes. Being part of something that truly makes a significant difference in both young and older men’s lives is a source of pride, satisfaction and meaning for me. For me this is based on what was missing in my own life, particularly as a young man. My personal development has been enormous since joining this group and I continue to develop and gain access to a more satisfying life. In short, the more I do the more I get.

 

Lewis Entwhistle

It’s not always easy being a man, a gentle giant, larger than life, a poet, a father, but somehow I want to figure out a way to do it better. I’m from Aylesbury originally and have always lived fairly local. I was a father at 20, and have four children aged 14 to 21; I haven’t seen the older three in ten or more years, but have a great relationship with Jake. My eldest son had Aspergers Syndrome and I was diagnosed as dyslexic in 2014. I am involved with Dyslexia support groups and this gives some insight into disability issues and builds on past voluntary work at a disabled Summer Camp in the USA and Stoke Mandeville Wheelchair Games.

I love being outdoors, walking or cycling in the hills, doing practical conservation work or kayaking, swimming etc. in the river. My background is as a geologist and I love sharing about landscape and nature. When I’m feeling brave I will sing, play guitar or perform my poetry in public and have acted in amateur dramatics.

What is your motivation for being part of A Band of Brothers?

Through the ups and downs of life there are times when I’ve been lucky enough to have mentors and times when I’ve had to figure things out myself. I believe there is a great need for this work and want to use the gifts I have and lessons I’ve learned along the way to make this work happen and to support others in it.

Tony O’Malley

A married father of 3 teenagers – a boy and two girls.

Now semi-retired after pursuing several careers. I left school at 16-years with very few qualifications worth talking about. It was a time of huge turmoil and confusion in this young man’s life, a life characterised by pain, ill health, bereavement, bullying and an increasing tendency to self-harm and despondency.

Luckily, I managed to crawl out from my difficult adolescence and eventually entered the nursing profession. That helped me turn my life around and taught me much about people and, most importantly, myself. After several years I went back to study at university and obtained a good degree. I later returned to university and qualified as a solicitor. After practicing in criminal and family law for 15 years, I eventually took early retirement on health grounds.

What is your motivation for being part of A Band of Brothers?

My life experience has highlighted to me that there is a huge need for young men to be guided and supported in their communities by male mentors. These mentors can be effective in helping young men to become the men that they would wish to be and assist them to effectively and positively fill important community roles within our increasingly fragmented and isolated society.

Because of my own difficult experiences as a young man and from what I later observed as a lawyer who represented young men in trouble, I wanted to help share my learning in a way that could help other males by providing a support that was often sadly missing from my own early life. Joining ‘A Band of Brothers’ has proved to be a good way to offer myself in service to my Oxford community, whilst continuing to develop my own roles of father, husband, brother, friend and mentor.

David Thurston

I retired at the end of last year after a medical career spanning 43 years; my working life was roughly divided in two, initially as a GP, then as a Consultant Psychiatrist. My talent undoubtedly lay in the art rather than the science of medicine.

The passion I had for my work was primarily focused at engaging and empathising with, listening and attending to the people I met, acknowledging their uniqueness, providing hope, facilitating self recovery, and trying to make a difference. Essentially I was patient- centred and adopted a psycho-social not biomedical model.

I am happily married (3rd time lucky) with 4 grown-up children, 2 grandchildren and 3 step-children. I practise Nichiren Daishonin Buddhism, being a member of the SGI, a world-wide lay organisation whose aims are happiness for self and others and world peace. I am indeed a fortunate man.

What is your motivation for being part of A Band of Brothers?

It came as a surprise to me that 2-3 months after I retired from my post that I no longer wished to practise medicine, but that I wanted to use my people skills, experience and wisdom without the cloak of “the doctor”.

I became interested in the Ancient Healing Way of Council, and by the end of a profound and intense “retreat” in March I decided that my path ahead lay in mentoring and being an elder in my community.

Such is the synchronicity of life that at this time someone mentioned ABoB and at the introductory meeting I knew I had found that for which I searched.

Conroy Harris

Born in St Johns Antigua, I grew up in 1970’s Nottingham. I left home at 16 to join the R.A.F for 6 years. After my discharge from the R.A.F, I had many difficult years, some of them homeless. Eventually I trained & worked in Mental health, group dynamics, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

I now work as a freelance trainer & I teach Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. More importantly, I am a father to three boys & 1 girl (woman). I am also blessed to be a Grandfather to two amazing boys.

What is your motivation for being part of A Band of Brothers?

A friend brought my attention to the ABoB advert on Facebook, as soon as I looked at the picture of the body of men cheering & celebrating I could see myself in that picture & I knew it was for me! I have been interested in Men’s work for many years & have been in men’s groups.

While these have been fulfilling experiences there was always something missing. With ABoB the opportunity to mentor a young man, build community & being in service to that community have provided the missing ingredient for me. Having had some difficult times in my youth, I know I was lucky to find a way to pick myself up & get back on a more productive path.

There are many young men in the criminal justice system that given an opportunity to have someone who believes in the power of change & hope alongside them, can go on to make positive contributions to our community.

Darryl Lamb

Charlie Burtt

I’m Charlie and at 29 I’m the youngest member of the Oxford community. My working week is spent travelling the country as a Project Manager for a Consultancy firm and my weekends are spent trying to catch up with my friends and my wife. Outside of work I love playing sport and am keen to bring some of that enthusiasm to our Oxford community.

What is your motivation for being part of A Band of Brothers?

It all started with a tweet! ABOB were looking for men to pioneer a new community in Oxford and I was recommended ABOB by a friend. From there it has been an incredible journey with a bunch of men who really care about our community and making positive social change. I see lots of people take to social media going on about the need for change and I want to be that change. I want to make a difference and to mentor; not to tell, but to listen, not to try and fix, but to authentically show up for the young men in our community.

Ewan Siret

I’m in my late fifties and have lived around Oxford all my life. As a Senior Bridge Technician with Oxfordshire County Council I inspect and maintain all Highways bridges, a diverse selection of concrete flyovers, ancient monuments and bridleways/footbridges in the countryside. This is a role that gets me involved with many different parts of the community: schools, social clubs, parish & district councils as well as the general public.

In my spare time I’m an internet radio presenter, as I’m passionate about music. I also enjoy cycling, socialising and reading. I live with my wife, a small dog and a supported lodger, a young person in leaving care, who was placed with us by Social Services. Between us we have 5 grown up children between 20 and 25.

What is your motivation for being part of A Band of Brothers?

Over the last 10 years, I have been following a life of self-development, looking for ways to improve my understanding of myself and those around me. It is probably safe to say that ABoB has found me; it appeared on my FB feed at a time when I was looking for a men’s group where I could express myself and be the real me.

ABoB has not only given me a space to do that, it also comes with a purpose; a chance to offer the same to others who have not been so fortunate in the start they had in life. Since I’ve joined the Oxford circle a few months ago, the work has already given me so much. I feel more confident about what I can achieve and less judgemental about other people’s choices in life.

I know there will be many challenges ahead as the Oxford circle takes on its initial group of mentees, and I expect that to come with its own issues. I feel that we as a group are ready to start the process and make a success for ABoB Oxford.

Dave Lewis

I live and work in Oxfordshire, working in adult social care, living with my wife, son, dog and wider family. I grew up in Wrexham in North wales and have a passion for nature and the outdoors, loving adventure, in the mountains and wild spaces.

Family largely is my life at the moment but when time allows I enjoy cycling, all types but particularly downhill mountain biking. Rock climbing, and time spent in the ocean attempting to surf are other passions of mine.

What is your motivation for being part of A Band of Brothers?

Becoming a Father was a real catalyst for me questioning my own manhood – in truth I wasn’t certain I even had reached this; on reflection being “stalled at adolescence” pretty much captures where I was at, resulting in searching or following, hitting life’s landmarks asking “am I a man yet?”

Being part of ABOB has taught me that being a man is to be Me, all of Me and that is welcome – I am the Man that I am looking for. Being involved in work bigger than myself feels right, and aligns with this – building community, building connection, I see ABoB and my part in it as being a step in the right direction in a world where disconnection and isolation is the norm; a world that in my judgement needs men willing to do this vital work.

Darryl Lamb

Glen Murray

I am a 41 year old care leaving survivor. I work in and around the city with a local firm of ground workers. I have 3 children with my ex partner that are my world. Life for me now is about working, growing and learning to be the best man/father I can be.

What is your motivation for being part of A Band of Brothers?

Synchronicity bought me to ABOB; my life has been a series of events that led me through trials, hardship and turmoils.  To survive and find what I have and not share the journey would be criminal. ABOB is giving me a ‘way’ that I truly believe will benefit the community. As such my motivation is to be a part of such an endeavour.

Darryl Lamb

Glen Scrivener

I am a father to now grown up children and  even a grand father to a little princess.  Born in Oxford, I work and live in Blackbird Leys.  I have had many job roles in the past ranging from a dog breeder to an accountant, but for the past nine years I have worked at my local Children’s Centre as an Early Years & Fathers Practitioner.

In this role I have worked very closely with men of all ages from lots of differing backgrounds helping them with their parenting, enabling them to engage with their children and families and offering support in their everyday lives.

I enjoy spending time with my family, socialising with friends, tv, films, dance music and sci-fi (yes I have a light saber!)

What is your motivation for being part of A Band of Brothers?

I discovered ABoB very close to the first anniversary of my father’s passing.  He was my hero, my inspiration and made me who I am today.  I felt an instant connection with the ethos of ABoB and what it stands for.  Many young men are not as fortunate as I to have had that relationship with their father or even to have had a positive male role model in their lives.

This is such a crucial part in forming their character and guiding them on that mysterious, winding path of life.  I am also very proud of where I live and the fact that I will be legacy building and doing my part in improving both young men’s lives and also our local community really feeds my enthusiasm.

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