Wandsworth Oasis, a local HIV charity raising funds for projects tackling stigma, support and prevention work largely through its chain of community charity shops across SW London, is delighted to announce the appointment of Christine Ansell to the role of CEO.  This move follows the retirement of Gill Perkins who is retiring after 12 years at the helm, having taken the charity from a small relatively unknown enterprise with 4 shops to a much loved charity in the area with 9 shops currently. 

With a background predominantly in the commercial world, with over 20+ years in diverse organisations from recruitment and start-ups to Global IT consultancy, Christine made the move to the Charity Sector in 2018, in an interim director role merging Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer. Her last position was with the Guide Association where her broad remit included the activity centres which provided fun and adventure to all girl ages, and the Guiding Trading Services company who sourced and sold nationally everything you would need to participate as a member.

Romeo Effs, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the charity said,

“Christine is joining us at a super exciting time for Wandsworth Oasis.  The last 15 months have been a challenge for the charity, but we are ideally poised to grasp some of the new emerging opportunities in the charity retail space and the circular economy in order to ultimately deliver more funds for HIV support and prevention programmes in the sector.  I’m really looking forward to working with Christine.”

Gill Perkins, outgoing CEO of Wandsworth Oasis, said,

“I have had the most amazing time at Wandsworth Oasis over the last decade or so.  It’s been hard work, but it has been so rewarding to see the difference that the income raised through the shops, through the sale of preloved goods and slightly mad events, can make to charities working on the frontline supporting vulnerable people with HIV.  I was never convinced that I would be happy passing over my legacy and the legacy of the founder of Wandsworth Oasis, Patrick Lethaby, until I met Christine.  She is going to do a fantastic job of leading the team on to the next stage of the charity’s future.”

Christine Ansell, incoming CEO of the charity, said,

“I am delighted to have joined Wandsworth Oasis as CEO and looking forward to getting out and about to meet our Trustees, staff, volunteers and the local community. Without them, we would not be able to continue the outstanding work we do in raising funds to ultimately provide support to, and challenge the stigma towards, people living with HIV.

I wanted to use my skills in an environment where the end goal was to help others and make a difference to people’s lives, and that is exactly what drew me to Wandsworth Oasis.”

Christine and Gill are currently in a handover period that will last until the end of October.