Chair of Trustees
Rt Revd Rob Wickham
Robert Wickham has been Bishop of Edmonton since September 2015.
Since his ordination as a Deacon, Rob has always served in the Diocese of London. He was a Curate in the Parish Church of Willesden, a Team Vicar in the Parish of Old St Pancras, with a particular responsibility for St Mary’s Somers Town, and then for nine years as Rector of St John at Hackney, latterly becoming Area Dean of Hackney.
Since ordination Rob has completed an MA in Theology, Politics and Faith Based organisations from Kings College.
Indeed, whilst Rector of Hackney, the Church of St John at Hackney was reordered so that most aspects of Hackney life could be experienced, from concerts by Coldplay, Gary Barlow and Emilie Sande, jobs fairs, credit unions, to the most used knife amnesty bin in London.
The reordering led to a reordering of its relationship with the local community, which became so needed in the aftermath of the disturbances in 2011.
Vice Chair of Trustees
Brian was born in Derry and has worked since 1980 in a range of organisations in London and north east England in the field of Planning, Housing and Regeneration. He has extensive background knowledge of homelessness and has been passionate about improving the living conditions of the most vulnerable in our society since experiencing homelessness as a teenager in London.
He has worked in local authority housing at a senior level for over 25 years and has worked for Newcastle City Council as Head of Housing where he played a key role in the re provision of a 45 unit statutory homeless assessment centre in 2013. More recently he has worked for a housing association measuring the social impact of investment. Currently he is Director of Helping Hand North East providing financial assistance for vulnerable homeowners for the purposes of housing repair, improvement and adaptation.
In the past he has been a board member for a number of registered social landlords, care providers and chaired an award winning Neighbourhood Management project in Newcastle. In addition to his Housing Justice role he is a long standing primary school Governor.
Brian is married and lives in Newcastle upon Tyne.
Treasurer & Chair of Finance Sub-Committee
Chrishanti Joanna Shah
Having been Broadway Homelessness & Support’s Management Accountant since January 2008, as well as a member of their Strategic Management Team, Chrishanti has directly seen and worked through the economic impact that the government’s legislative changes and priorities have had on the charity and in particular homelessness sector. Chrishanti now serves as the Director of Finance and Resources for Croydon Churches Housing Association.
As a qualified Management Accountant, she hopes to bring her broad strategic financial planning and performance management knowledge to the Housing Justice Board of Trustees as well as her nearly 10 years’ experience in the Charity sector. Chrishanti has helped to develop successful tender’s for contracts and grants with the Greater London Authority, Commissioning bodies in London and Oxford Local Authorities, and the City of London including working with various Trust’s and Housing Associations.
She grew up in the Anglican Church and has been an active member of her Parochial Church Council for 10 years. She is currently Deputy Warden and Secretary, directly influencing how her local community gives back to society. Chrishanti has previously produced youth performances to raise money for Charities, while encouraging and nurturing the future of our nation. As a mother of a toddler, is now keener to help grow opportunities for young people in today’s world.
Trustee & Chair of Fundraising Sub-Committee
Joe brings extensive knowledge of fundraising and marketing to Housing Justice. He is Head of Copy at Consider, a creative and strategy agency that specialises in the charity sector. There, he works with many of the UK’s biggest charities to help them raise millions of pounds each year.
Before that, he worked at international development charity Christian Aid in a range of comms and fundraising roles.
Joe joined us in January 2018 and became a full Trustee in October 2018.
Aidan qualified as a solicitor and worked as a lawyer in the oil and gas industry. After various operational roles he spent the largest part of his career as UK Human Resources Director in a an international oil company. During a brief career change Aidan qualified and spent three years as a primary school teacher before returning to human resource management.
Aidan has been involved in various homeless projects including as a literacy volunteer and a volunteer migrant host.
He joined the board in October 2018.
Richard is a champion of homelessness charities and initiatives, particularly near his home in Bristol.
As a management accountant by profession Richard has both worked for and been treasurer of several Bristol charities since leaving industry in 2001.
Most recently he has been a volunteer and trustee with the Julian Trust, an emergency night shelter for homeless people. He has been involved with them since 2004 and represented them on Bristol’s Shelter Programme Steering Group and Bristol Homeless Forum which he helps to run.
He has been actively engaged with conflict resolution and has provided short training courses to shelters on dealing with Challenging Behaviour.
Olawunmi is an accomplished business owner with an impressive track record in running and managing small businesses. She works in property development and management and brings with her ample experience in the Private Rented Sector.
She is an active member of her local community and is involved in the mentoring of young ladies, providing shopping services to the elderly and is an active member of the Royal Voluntary Services.
Sarah is a former government lawyer, with experience across central government departments over 18 years, working alongside policy development, spending and operational teams in public policy areas. Until 2019, she was legal advisor for housing policy at the Ministry for Housing Communities and Local Government, focusing particularly on homelessness reduction, regulation of social housing, and standards in the private rented sector.
She is training for ordained ministry at Ripon College, Cuddesdon while on placement at St James’s Piccadilly, with a view to a curacy post in London from 2021.
Sarah lives in London, owned by two children and a cat.
Julie has worked in housing & homelessness for over 30 years after graduating with a Housing Degree from Sheffield Hallam University back in the 1980’s. She started out as a front line Homelessness Officer and progressed her career working in six different councils in a variety of roles before joining Elmbridge where she was Head of Housing & Benefits from 2005 to 2018. Julie was a strong advocate for homeless people and benefit recipients within the Council and was responsible for many service improvements including the introduction of a winter night shelter and a strong local partnership to minimise the negative impact of welfare reform including Universal Credit. Julie was also Chair of Surrey Chief Housing Officers Association for three years.
Since 2018 Julie has enjoyed part time work in the charitable sector, initially with a Christian Homelessness Charity, Oasis Community Housing, where she successfully developed their Major Donor Fundraising Programme and most recently with Homeless Link where she is a Project Manager. At Homeless Link Julie has helped deliver a range of services and projects – including the Pan London Umbrella Support Project, an England wide Digital Inclusion and Homelessness Project and producing guidance for charities on working strategically with LA’s on Homelessness.
Julie lives in Surrey with her husband, son, two beloved dogs and their campervan. She is a member of her local Anglican church and is also Trustee of the UK wide Charity, Street Support Network. She said “I am delighted to be joining the Board of Housing Justice. I’m still passionate about tackling homelessness and the need for collaboration and partnership amongst all stakeholder including the faith sector”.
Sharon is an experienced Housing Professional of almost 30 years in the Social Housing Sector, having first began her career with the Local Authority at Wigan Council then West Lancashire County Council where she specialised in Homelessness before moving onto roles at Irwell Valley Housing, Bolton Council, Community Gateway Housing, before becoming Group Community Safety Lead at Your Housing Group where she went on to design a Harm centred approach to dealing with Anti social Behaviour.
She now works part time as Head of Professional Practice at RESOLVE ASB a national membership organisation and works as an Associate at Homeless Link a national membership charity for organisations working directly with people who become homeless in England & Clouds End CIC a specialist support for people who live in a Hoarded Home.
Sharon has long been an advocate of preventing homelessness, in particular supporting people to sustain their homes whilst living with a mental health disorder; she is currently leading Clouds End CIC’s campaign for Supportive Intervention not Eviction for people living with Hoarding Disorder.
Living in the North West with her partner, two daughters, two rescue dogs & two rescue cats!
Cardinal Vincent Nichols
Born in Crosby, Liverpool, on 8 November 1945, Vincent Nichols studied for the priesthood at the Venerable English College in Rome from 1963 to 1970, gaining licences in philosophy and theology at the Gregorian University. He was ordained priest in Rome on 21 December 1969 for the Archdiocese of Liverpool.
He then studied an MA degree in theology at Manchester University between 1970 and 1971. In 1971 he was appointed assistant priest in St Mary’s Parish, Wigan and chaplain to the Sixth Form College and St Peter’s High School. In 1974 he studied at Loyola University in Chicago and was awarded an M.Ed. In 1975 he was appointed to St Anne’s parish in Toxteth, Liverpool with particular responsibility for education.
In January 1980 he was appointed director of the Upholland Northern Institute, where he was responsible for the in-service training of the clergy, pastoral and religious education courses. He was also a member of Archbishop’s Council with responsibility for pastoral formation and development in the diocese.
In January 1984, he was appointed general secretary of the Bishops’ Conference in England & Wales. From 1989 to 1996 he was moderator of the Steering Committee of the Council of Churches for Britain and Ireland.
Mgr Vincent Nichols was appointed auxiliary bishop to Westminster, with responsibility for North London, on 24 January 1992.
In 1994 he became a member of the Finance Advisory Committee of the National Catholic Fund of the Bishops’ Conference. In 1995 he became a member of the Bishops’ Conference Committee for the Roman Colleges and in 1996 he was appointed Episcopal Liaison of the Bishops’ Conference for the National Conference of Diocesan Financial Secretaries. He has also been a member of the Joint Commission of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences and the Conference of European Churches (Protestant); vice president of the Bible Society and a member of the board of the Christian Academy for European Development at Louvain.
In 1998 Bishop Nichols was appointed chair of the Bishops’ Conference department for Catholic Education and Formation and also chair of the Catholic Education Service. He represented the European bishops at the November 1998 Synod of Bishops from Oceania and appointed by the Holy See to the Synod of Bishops for Europe in September 1999 as a special secretary.
In 2000, Bishop Nichols was appointed Archbishop of Birmingham.
In 2001 Archbishop Nichols was appointed chair of the management board of the Catholic Office for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults.
In 2005, he provided the commentary for the worldwide BBC coverage of the death of Pope John Paul II and the Installation of Pope Benedict XVI.
In 2008 he was appointed President of the Commission for Schools, Universities and Catechesis of the Council of the Bishops’ Conferences of Europe (CCEE).
On 21 May 2009 he was installed as the 11th Archbishop of Westminster following the retirement of Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor. He was elected President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales by unanimous acclamation on 30 April 2009.
He received the Pallium in Rome from Pope Benedict XVI on 29 June 2009, the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul.
In 2010 he received an Honorary Doctoral Degree from Birmingham University, and in 2011 he received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Liverpool Hope University.
In 2014, he was appointed by Pope Francis to lead the work of the Church against human trafficking and modern slavery. He is President of the Santa Marta Group, which gathers together Catholic bishops, police chiefs and government officials from over 30 countries around the world in a partnership to work towards the eradication of these twin scourges.
On 22 February 2014, he was created Cardinal Priest by Pope Francis in St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. He was designated the titular Church of St Alphonsus Liguori, a neo-Gothic church that is in the care of the Redemptorists. It is best known for housing the icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, a gift given to the Redemptorists by Pope Pius IX in 1866.
On 27 May 2015, he was installed as the first Chancellor of St Mary’s University, Twickenham.
On 8 October 2016, the Presidents of Europe’s Bishops’ Conferences, members by right of CCEE (the Council of European Episcopal Conferences), elected Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, Archbishop of Genoa and President of the Italian Bishops’ Conference, to the role of President, and Cardinal Nichols and Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki, Archbishop of Poznań and President of the Polish Bishops’ Conference, to the role of Vice-Presidents of the CCEE for the five-year mandate 2016-2021.
On 23 May 2018, along with the Santa Marta Group, he received the UN Path to Peace Award for his work combatting human trafficking and modern slavery.
On 10 November 2018, the Cardinal was presented with a medal from the Republic of Poland’s Senate by Senator Anna Maria Anders at the Mass of Thanksgiving for the centenary of the Republic of Poland at Westminster Cathedral.
As Archbishop of Westminster, he is also Patron of the Bellarmine Institute.
He is patron of a number of Catholic charities including the Passage and the Cardinal Hume Centre.
Since 2008, Rachel has been the Team Leader of the Joint Public Issues Team, an ecumenical collaboration between the Methodist Church, the Baptist Union, the United Reformed Church and the Church of Scotland, enabling the denominations to campaign and speak out on issues of poverty, climate change and peace.
At the Methodist Conference in 2015, Rachel was elected to serve as Vice President of Conference, alongside the Reverend Roger Walton during 2016 – 2017.
Rachel is no stranger to the work of Housing Justice. In the 1980’s, she served as policy and campaign lead for the Catholic Housing Aid Society, which became Housing Justice in 2003.
Rachel’s appointment, joining Cardinal Vincent Nicholas, Archbishop of Westminster, comes at the end of the Jubilee Celebrations for the Catholic Housing Aid Society.
As part of her new role of President, Ms Lampard will be visiting the Housing Office, based at the South London Mission at Bermondsey Central Hall, this morning to meet staff and volunteers of the charity.
Speaking of her new role, Rachel Lampard, newly appointed President of Housing Justice said:
“I have seen how homelessness and poor housing damages people’s lives. Churches have long been at the forefront of responding by offering help to those affected, developing innovative solutions, and campaigning for change.
I am delighted and honoured to have been appointed as a President of Housing Justice and look forward to continuing to support their work, and the work that is done by churches, of all denominations, around the country.”
Welcoming this appointment, Housing Justice Chair, the Rt Revd James Langstaff said:
“Throughout 2016, Housing Justice has been celebrating the birthday of the Catholic Housing Aid Society, which laid roots to what Housing Justice has become. We are grateful to all those who worked so hard to enable the current organisation to become what it has.
I warmly welcome Rachel’s appointment as a President of Housing Justice because she is no stranger to championing the cause of the benefit that churches can and do make in practical action to those who are homeless or in housing need.
Inviting Rachel to take up this important role will not just maintain the link to our heritage as a charity, but also be an example of our continued commitment to working ecumenically with organisations such as the Joint Public Issues Team as well as the denominations which they represent.”
Kathy Mohan came to Housing Justice with a strong background working in social housing where she has experience of both designing and delivering services. Kathy has operated at senior levels in a range of social housing organisations – and has applied all her personal and professional commitment to the issues of homelessness.
Kathy’s commitment to tackling homelessness and poor housing carries through to her personal life where she has volunteered through her Church to support the winter night shelter movement for many years – helping to lead the transition of her local scheme to CIO status and becoming its first Chair of Trustees.
Through this experience and others, Kathy has direct and ongoing experience of the importance of Housing Justice in supporting this very valuable voluntary work.
Kathy joined Housing Justice from St Mungo’s Housing, having previously worked for the YMCA, The Guinness Partnership, Sanctuary, Servite and within Local Government.
She has also served on an ALMO Board and with a supported housing charity.
Director of Housing Justice Cymru
Before starting as Director of Housing Justice Cymru, Bonnie worked as part of the Future Generation’s Commissioners team, leading on housing, adverse childhood experiences and organisational development.
Prior to this role, Bonnie was the Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales; responsible for ensuring effective delivery of the policing priorities.
Her portfolio included a number of performance and policy areas including: violence reduction, anti-social behaviour, licencing, hate crime, IT, demand and the interface between policing and housing.
During this role Bonnie also undertook a part time secondment to Welsh Government, where she advised on issues of housing related anti-social behaviour.
Bonnie started her career co-ordinating local authority services for adults with profound and multiple disabilities and in 2008 started working for South Wales Police as an Anti-social Behaviour Co-ordinator with Merthyr Tydfil Community Safety Partnership. Bonnie spent six years in this role, during which time she took on the role of Chair for the All Wales Anti-social Behaviour Group and also started working with the Welsh Government on their Anti-social Behaviour Strategy.
In her spare time Bonnie has her hands full with her two children and her very energetic dog.
Director of England
Prior to joining Housing Justice Jacob Quagliozzi led on External Affairs for Commonweal Housing, working on projects such as housing for those with no recourse to public funds and move on housing for women exiting prostitution. Previously, Jacob worked for the Labour Party in the lead up to the 2015 General Election and in the private sector in marketing and communications. He was also a Councillor in local government between 2011-2015, chairing a planning committee in one of the busiest planning authorities in the country and specialising in housing.
Jacob is married to Suzy and they have a young son. Jacob is a practicing Roman Catholic.
London Catalyst Manager
Mark leads a team of 4 Catalyst Workers in London supporting and resourcing the Church & Community Night Shelters network as part of our Equipping Shelters Project in partnership with the Greater London Authority. His background is in the marketing, sales and distribution of the Canadian newspaper business and made his segue into the homelessness sector in the UK after spending a year at The Big Issue as their Sales & Distribution Manager for London and the South East in 2005/6.
Mark was born and grew up in Islington, North London and Chaired the Islington Outreach Forum for all agencies engaged with street population activity in the borough, statutory and voluntary, for a number of years before joining Housing Justice. Mark has extensive experience in the local, grassroots church and community response to conspicuous rough sleeping and homelessness, across our capital in particular, over the last 15+ years.
London Catalyst Worker
James joined Housing Justice in September 2018. He was already a member of the Quality Mark Partner team and a regular at shelter forums. Previously, he had worked for two years for Ealing Churches Winter Night Shelter, as Coordinator and then Project Keyworker, supporting guest move on and starting a Polish men’s employment group. He joined HJ to help shape systemic change in homelessness through the shelter network, and to mobilise churches, faith and grassroots groups. His highlight so far is supporting Brent Multi Faith Forum to run a successful pilot night shelter in early 2019, hosted at Muslim and Christian faith venues, in partnership with the council and commissioned outreach.
James lives in Acton, West London, and is a member of Acton Vale Missional Community, which is rooted in a local estate. He volunteers as Trustee of The Hope Centre community, a free café, set up for those experiencing homelessness, the lonely and marginalised. James completed a theological course, reflecting on practice of ministry at the margins. He likes singing in a choir, cricket, walking along the Thames, and keeping tropical fish.
James has had a varied career spanning different roles, in the private, public and charitable sectors. He has been a Youth Worker, working for a multi-disciplinary crisis team in Brent, to keep children and young people out of care and safely at home. He developed an alternative education project for teenagers excluded from school and an innovative programme of holiday club activities. He created BLAZE, a youth employability project in Acton, working in partnership with youth clubs and with employers through Business in the Community’s network.
Move On Coordinator
Charlie has more than 20 years’ experience working in the homeless sector starting as a Janitor at St Mungo’s and moving on to become Area Manger and Regional Head.
Recently he has worked on a variety of consultancy projects including systems reviews, setting up businesses and also the development of an environmental education app.
He joined Housing Justice September 2018. Since then he’s been working on the equipping shelters project. He’s enjoying working with grass roots organisations and local communities coming up with new approaches and perspectives to help get people off the streets extending and bolstering the 700 bed shelter network.
The highlight so far has been getting the Glasshouse shelter in Islington up and running where a collective turned a derelict building into a therapeutic community space for rough sleepers.
Catalyst Worker Cymru
Hayley has had an interest in homelessness and housing for a number of years and decided in 2016 that she wanted to study the subject in more detail. She completed a Housing Studies degree at Cardiff Metropolitan University and graduated in July 2019.
During her second year at university, Hayley started working with the Housing Options Team at Bridgend Council where she put her learned knowledge and skills into practice. During this time, she gained an understanding of Housing Law and how the Housing Act was applied and implemented across Wales and beyond. Whilst in her third year, Hayley successfully received a bursary to research ‘Housing First’ for one week in Finland. This contributed to her dissertation and further developed Hayley’s knowledge around the issues of homelessness across the UK and abroad.
Hayley started with Housing Justice in July 2019 and has since managed the Neath Port Talbot Night Shelter which was launched for the first time in Jan 2019. Hayley has also been involved in getting a second project ‘Citadel’ off the ground which aims to help keep people off the streets.
The highlight so far has been working with amazing volunteers who, like Hayley, want to make a difference to those facing homelessness and watch people flourish.
Hosting Project Manager
Jenna Roberts is the manager of the Hosting Project in London, having previously joined the London Catalyst Team in August 2019, and having worked prior to that for 3 years as Shelter Coordinator at C4WS Homeless Project, Camden. As part of this role, she also managed a popular drop-in lunch club at Kings Cross Methodist Church, helping to create an ethos of warm hospitality, laughter and friendly support without judgement.
Jenna has a strong belief in the power of grassroots organisations to transform people’s lives. She has previously volunteered for The Simon Community, CARIS Islington, Crisis, Central London Rough Sleeping Committee (CLRSC), and worked for a short time at St Mungo’s. Jenna brings passion, enthusiasm and a little bit of Welsh charm to Housing Justice.
London Catalyst Worker
Peter has been working in homelessness for more than 20 years. Peter began working for Housing Justice in October 2019 following 7 years of working in Westminster as the Night Shelter Coordinator of 14 multi-faith venues, including 12 churches of different denominations, one Mosque and Synagogue. Peter believes solving long-term homelessness is an integrated collaborative partnership approach including health, opportunities for training or re-training, Local authority resources, employment, and good quality affordable housing.
Peter is passionate about seeing individuals stuck in destructive lifestyles, such as addiction, crime, long term homelessness, mental health, given every opportunity and support to change and grow in productive new ways. Peter is a trained Counsellor whose training in person-centered and psychodynamic approaches have taught him that people often live their lives through old outdated self-narratives. He believes it is the duty of all of us caring for the most vulnerable in society to help individuals re-write the stories they tell themselves for new ones built on better foundations.
Peter is also keen in supporting staff and volunteers who work in the care field. He is a trained Reflective practitioner whose desire is give real care for the Carers in order that they in turn can provide the necessary care to others.
Best Practice & Innovation Manager
Coming to faith in her early 30’s Vanessa currently worships at St James, Tunbridge Wells. She has been on Deanery Synod for too many years and is currently leading on work to establish feeding children in poverty in school holidays. She has been Tunbridge Wells Street Pastors Administrator and was the Project Manager for an After School and Breakfast Club start up at St James serving the infants and junior schools in the Parish. This would suggest that her passion is in children and YP but it is not the case! Just God calling her to use the gifts he gave her.
Having worked in the private sector for many years Vanessa went to work for a medium sized housing association starting at the bottom – working on the Housing Register assessing those in housing need and left 10 years later as Head of Support to become Deputy CEO at a tiny supported housing organisation. She was on the Board of a large Housing Association for 10 years. She has been a volunteer at Tunbridge Wells Churches Winter Shelter for over 10 years and has been on the management team for all but one of those years.
Apart from Church activities Vanessa enjoys playing bridge, watching sport and travel.
Catalyst Worker Cymru
Nigel previously worked for Carmarthenshire County Council in the Social Services Department for 22 years and qualified in Care Management. Initially as a day centre supervisor and manager for adults with learning disabilities and then in various project management roles in developing services. His role involved grant applications and developing new enterprises for work and leisure.
Nigel has been on the board of trustees for a local charity and social enterprise for over 10 years, supporting vulnerable adults in employment. He has volunteered for the national charity ‘Teen Challenge’ drug rehabilitation centre.
Nigel has supported the work of Lifepoint Church, one of the night shelter venues in their charity ‘Hope’ which supplies food hampers to individuals and families in need.
Nigel has volunteered with the Swansea Night Shelter for 7 years beginning in 2013 and undertaken the role of shift leader. He is passionate to see individuals that are homeless becoming housed and supported to maintain their tenancies and become integrated into their community.
He joined Housing Justice Cymru in 2019 as a Catalyst Worker, overseeing and managing the Swansea Night Shelter and developing the Citadel volunteer project which supports former guests of the night shelter and other referrals.
In his spare time Nigel plays the guitar and has written and recorded some self-penned songs. He enjoys cycling and his greatest cycling achievement has been cycling from North to South Wales over 2 days raising funds for charity.
Best Practice & Innovation Resources Officer
Hadrian came to Housing Justice after a career change from personal financial planning. In 2018, Hadrian joined Housing Justice on a frontline placement from Year Here, a 10 month social innovation course focussed on solving complex problems in society through first hand experience on the frontline of those problems. He was placed in the Hosting Project in London, matching destitute asylum seekers with host Londoners.
After graduating from Year Here, Hadrian joined the BPI team and lead on the launch of the Innovation Hub and the Sleeping Pods. He now leads on the annual WNS Network data project, network membership & communications, website & other operations.
Marketing & Communications Manager
Tom joined Housing Justice in 2020. Whilst studying for his degree in German and Philosophy at the University of Nottingham, Tom set up the not-for-profit organisation, HotelsThatHelp – a hotel booking website, which generates funding for local, grassroots homelessness charities.
Tom has done various bits of fundraising since he was young and has worked for a number of larger corporate organisations, including BMW, Under Armour and the Frasers Group. He enjoys being able to combine this experience with his passion for helping others in his role at Housing Justice.
Tom has been a life-long fan of Chelsea Football Club and has recently fallen in love with golf (even though his skill level does not match his enthusiasm for the game)
Best Practice & Innovation Officer
Izzy is part of the Best Practice and Innovation team and works to support Winter Night Shelter Projects across England.
Previous to Housing Justice, Izzy worked for several years for a drug and alcohol charity and likes to consider herself a Recovery Advocate. With a career that started off in the homelessness sector working for a social enterprise in Oxford she has also worked and volunteered at her local Winter Night Shelter over several seasons.
Izzy is passionate about community led social action, and when she’s not at work you will find her running around after her 2 children or scouring record shops in her home town of Nottingham.
London Catalyst Worker
Lucien joined Housing Justice as a member of the London Catalyst Team in October 2020. He has worked for the last 10 years in the homeless sector, most recently as the Service Manager for a hostel and resettlement project in Brent. Prior to this, he was the Outreach Coordinator in the borough, responsible for responding to rough sleeping at a time of unprecedented growth.
He has a specific interest in the provision of services to young homeless people, having established the Boost Up Young Homeless programme, which matched young homeless people to accommodation that was previously out of their price range. Having worked on the front line during the 2014-15 refugee crisis, he has a particular interest in the provision of support to refugees, and learnt Arabic in order to better communicate with service users from Syria, Sudan and Eritrea.
Interested in how other countries are responding to homelessness, Lucien has been to projects in New York and Lebanon in order to observe good practice abroad and how it can apply here.
He is London born and bred and currently lives in Battersea.
Hosting Project Officer
Eleanor joined Housing Justice as the Hosting Project Officer in September 2020. Before this, she worked for New Horizon Youth Centre, where she designed and ran a new long-term accommodation project for formerly-homeless young adults. Here she fostered a spirit of mutual aid and empowerment among the residents, and created an environment that was not just a ‘shared house’ but a home, with warmth, safety and stability prioritised, and responsibilities and free time shared voluntarily.
Now living in East London, Eleanor is originally from Manchester, where her earlier background was in education. She worked for years in both a pastoral and a teaching role, focusing especially on developing holistic support for marginalised students. She brings this same compassion and energy to all her work since, and is interested in psychologically informed environments, strength based approaches, and the potential of the right kinds of relationships to transform people’s lives.
Faith in Affordable Housing Partnership Co-ordinator Cymru
Sian joined Housing Justice Cymru as the Faith in Affordable Housing Partnership Co-ordinator in February 2020, keen to apply her passion for placemaking and regeneration to redundant church properties. She waxes lyrical about the importance of quality design, robust construction and sustainable development to ensure that we are providing decent affordable homes for people within the community. She is a registered Architect with 13 years of experience of working in the construction industry, designing and administrating projects from conception to completion, having specialised in build affordable housing, adaptive reuse of existing buildings as well as building conservation.
She enjoys exploring the welsh coast and countryside on long weekend walks with her partner and their two scruffy terriers and cycling whenever the time allows. Much to the dismay of many she loves post-war architecture and in her spare time is a committee member for the Twentieth Century Society in the West Midlands and Wales regions.
Citadel Coordinator Wrexham
Hi… My names mike, I have been lucky to have a career in helping people affected by homelessness for many years now, including many different projects in the north wales area, from employment, to securing accommodation and securing financial and mental health support for the homeless, and I also have current knowledge of homeless law in wales having worked for the local authority. I am super excited to be leading Citadel in Wrexham/North Wales, to expand this great project, of supporting vulnerable people who have just moved into their accommodation and bring much-needed service to improve the lives of people affected by homelessness, but I am also very excited about working with the amazing volunteers from North Wales, using our various experiences to make peoples’ lives brighter and successful.
Best Practice & Innovation Officer
Bernardo joined the best practice and innovation team in June 2021, working from Coventry.
He arrived in the UK in 2013 after completing an MA degree in International Development and Cooperation in Madrid. In 2014, he had a difficult experience of sofa surfing for a month while looking for affordable rent in Oxford, and in 2017 he eventually became the project coordinator of Coventry Winter Night Shelter, fulfilling his dream of helping people who experience homelessness.
After three years leading the project, in 2020 he got the chance to help the homeless as a support worker for Hope into Action: Coventry, switching from temporary shelters to supported accommodation, before joining Housing Justice.
Apart from looking after his new-born son, Bernardo is a keen DIYer and enjoys woodworking. He also plays the cello, is a committed Catholic, and embraces ecumenism by being involved with his wife Victoria in both a Catholic and an Anglican parish.