Our Trustees.

Our Trustees work together to support and guide us through our long term and short term objectives, ensuring we stay on track and accountable to everyone involved in what we do. The Board of Trustees all give their time voluntarily and receive no remuneration for their services.

Josie Irwin, Chair

Josie has been the National Women’s Officer at UNISON since December 2018.  She is the strategic lead for equality issues affecting women in the labour market, public sector and wider society, providing policy advice and guidance to UNISON on issues affecting women in the workplace. Previous to that she worked at the Royal College of Nursing as Associate Director of Employment Relations.  She has a proven track record of leading change in trade union, health services and local government organisations and is advocate for women’s rights in the workplace.

Gill Whensley

Gill is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and has worked at a senior level both in HR and Training and Development. The breadth of her experience has been gained through applying her professional expertise within a range of organisations including finance, IT, housing, airline, charities, engineering, publishing and the legal professional services. She has achieved results with staff at all levels in these organisations.

Chris Goss

Chris is an economist with a background in global finance who also has experience in the voluntary sector locally having provided fundraising consultancy to a number of charities.

Daniel Chapman

Daniel was born and raised in Brighton and served as a local Councillor for four years and was Chair of the Children, Young People and Skills committee. He is aware of many of the problems that we face locally and how issues such as substance misuse and domestic violence can affect many families. Daniel currently works as civil servant.

Dr. Saleema Durgahee

Saleema is a registered medical practitioner, member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and have been working and training in Psychiatry for the last ten years. Saleema worked as a full time psychiatrist with the Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Service, Brighton & Hove.  She has an interest in mental health research; mental health governance and quality improvement and also in training and education.  She is an active member of the BME and newly established Women’s network at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.


Helen Misselbrook

Helen is currently Masterplan Design Guardian for the Circus Street Brighton project. Most recently, in 2017 Helen successfully achieved planning approval for a large scale, mixed use development site in West London and is currently Lead Architect for all U+I Developer projects.  Helen joined shedkm in 2013 to work primarily on the delivery of the planning application for Circus Street project in Brighton which successfully achieved a landmark approval.  She was actively involved in the set-up of the London office over the next four years and was promoted to a senior member of staff before setting up her own HMA practice in January 2017.

Helen believes the built environment is an expression of our social and political landscape, as well as our social core values and beliefs. She is passionate about creating secure homes with the wellbeing of women and children being a priority before profit and Helen wholeheartedly supports Oasis’ commitment to the community.


Rosi Viljoen

Rosi is Brighton based and has a strong background in business development and partnerships management.  Her career path has covered global account management, strategy & benefit development, operational servicing and premium marketing and communications. In February 2020 she co-founded the Midlife Hub supporting women emotionally and physically with their wellbeing. Rosi is really passionate about the vital role Oasis plays in supporting the community.