Meet the fundraising events ops team

Posted by Samantha Weston

8th Feb 2013

Ever wondered what the Ops team look like who put on Trailtrekker, Trailwalker and provide the support and logistics for London Marathon, cycling and emergency challenge events for Oxfam? Now's your chance. You get a free demonstration on how amazing the award winning Oxfam bucket is too. With over 12 unique, life saving features - you can see why we get a bit obsessed with it!

Name: Mike Bingham

Job: Ops Team Manager (job share)

What he does: Supports Beth in delivering Trailtrekker, Great North Run and other running events, promotional events and preparation sessions.

Mike is most at home: With a cup of tea and a complicated spreadsheet or out in the stunning Yorkshire Dales.

Interesting facts about Mike: "I play guitar and keyboards in a local band and have a tiny white mark on my stomach that makes my elbow tingle if I scratch it. Anyone else got one of those? Do get in touch if so!"

Oxfam bucket fact: Mike is illustrating the clever base design on the Oxfam bucket which allows air to circulate underneath. This prevents stagnant water where mosquito larvae can breed and cause malaria.  

Name: Jen Hyland

Job: Ops Team Manager (Job Share with Mike)

What she does: Supports Alex to deliver Trailwalker, London Marathon, promotional events and preparation sessions. Aim to give the team plenty of opportunity to develop.

Jen is most at home: submerged in water, drinking chai tea or getting lost in spontaneous adventures.

Interesting facts about Jen: I'm a twin, love cooking, enjoy travel and want to swim the channel one fine day.

Oxfam bucket fact: The tight fitting lid on the bucket is very special as it keeps water in and germs and dirt out. It allows access through this nifty hole without having to take off the whole lid which helps prevent contamination.

Name: Alex Fraser

Job: Event Ops Exec

What she does: Organises the Oxfam presence at London Marathon and other running events, as well as working with the Queens Gurkha Signals to organise the logistics for Trailwalker.

Alex is most at home: With a full cafetiere getting creative on our events and travelling the world.

Interesting fact about Alex: "My poker shark skills were greatly enhanced whilst living in Prague."

Oxfam bucket fact: Yet another clever base design from Oxfam as buckets usually have a little spike on the bottom where they come out of the mould in the factory. These have been rubbed off so they can be carried comfortably on people's heads.

Name: Beth Tibble

Job: Event Ops Exec

What she does: Organises the Oxfam presence at the Great North Run and other marathons, puts together Oxfam Trailtrekker in the Yorkshire Dales, and has fun at various promotional activities.

Beth is most at home: With a book or in a bookshop, organising people or things, and planning my trips abroad!

Interesting fact about Beth: "I'm a bassoonist, and married to one too!"

Oxfam bucket fact: It has a tap so water can be let out while it is standing upright (no tipping or dipping required) and the tap can be removed for easy storage and transportation.

Team passion: Sweet and salty popcorn is a must at all of our team meetings.


Name: Maria de la Paz Moreno Gutierrez

Job: Event Support Executive (Internship)

What she does: She is in charge of the social media (Facebook, Twitter and blogs) and she also helps the Ops team organise events such as Trailtrekker and Oxfam's support at the London Marathon and other running events. 

Maria is most at home: With a cup of tea and a good book wrapped in a fuzzy blanket. 

Interesting facts about Maria: "I am originally from Spain and was there when I first time heard about Oxfam's work. I didn't doubt it even for a second and I applied for an internship. Now, I'm in the Events Ops team. Thank you guys."

Oxfam bucket fact: It's made of smooth plastic and it's curved where the walls meet the base, which means it can be cleaned more easily.

  Name: Aysha Sarwar

Job: Event Support Executive (Internship)

What she does: Helps Alex to organise Oxfam's presence at the London Marathon, as well as organise Oxfam events such as Trailwalker and event preparation sesssions. 

Aysha is most at home: Lying on a tropical beach or exploring new lands.

Interesting fact about Aysha: "I have been to every type of moon party in Thailand!"