Board of Trustees
(Chair of Trustees)
Ann is currently CEO of Resolving Chaos. She has extensive experience of working for both the statutory and voluntary sectors over many years in different senior-level roles. Her background in local and regional government is varied with specialisms ranging from policy and partnerships work to project management, commissioning, strategic planning, and change management. She also has extensive experience in community engagement, the customer experience, and the voluntary sector. Ann was previously Chair of the Board of Trustees at Homeless Link, a second-tier organisation, for six years.
Jim’s working career has always been within the social/mutual sector of the financial services industry, most recently as the CEO of Mission Housing Association, who are dedicated to supporting church and charity workers with their housing needs, in deprived London boroughs. He was previously DCEO for Charity Bank, where he was able to see many third sector firms, large and small, undertake a variety of strategies to improve their social impact, improving the lives of those often excluded from mainstream society.
(Vice-Chair of Trustees)
Andy has worked in the Housing industry for over 20 years. He has worked for a number of local authorities, the Chartered Institute of Housing and Arm Length Management Organisations. Much of Andy’s early career has focused on supporting homeless households, both as a Homeless Assessment Officer for Bradford Metropolitan District Council and as lead advisor for the Chartered Institute of Housing for homeless within their Professional Practice Team. Andy is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Housing, has a Masters Degree from the University of York in Housing Studies and has recently completed an MBA at the University of Hertfordshire.
Laura is an experienced fundraiser who has worked in the third sector since 2009. She is currently Head of Philanthropy at education charity Teach First, responsible for managing the charity’s relationships with major philanthropists and generating £1.5m of income annually. Prior to this role, she has worked in fundraising roles for Barnardo’s and The Prince’s Trust, after beginning her career in higher education fundraising. Laura is passionate about giving vulnerable individuals the best possible support to overcome adversity and reach their potential, and volunteers as a mentor for disadvantaged young people in her spare time.
Philippa has a degree in law, attended law school and recently studied a LLM in International human rights and development. She has volunteered both abroad and in the UK for over 19 years, giving her time and expertise to organisations like the Citizens’ Advice Bureau and the Free Representation Unit. She is passionate about homelessness issues and volunteers as a supervisor and adviser with a homeless charity every Christmas. She currently works for a homeless charity based in a Young Offenders’ prison, giving housing advice and support.
During Sarah’s 30 year career she has mainly worked in the voluntary sector with adult with learning disabilities, starting off life as a support worker, working her way through different roles and qualifications and is currently a Deputy CEO of a national disabilities provider. Sarah has worked with Walsingham Support for nearly 6 years now, but her background includes Sense (Deafblind and Rubella Association) and RNID among other charities. In her spare time Sarah is working on her MBA and enjoys walking her dog. She also has a passion for motorcycles and has a custom Harley Davidson having ridden motorcycles since a very early age.
Senior Management Team
(Executive Director – Resources)
Louise is responsible for managing and developing our central support functions. She is responsible for financial planning and management, HR, maintenance and oversees other administrative processes. She is Company Secretary and ensures the statutory compliance of Pathways to Independence as a company and charity.
Louise joined Pathways in 2015 having worked at Green Alliance, an environmental think tank and charity, for ten years. Prior to that she had worked freelance in the charity sector and had spent six years in Brussels mainly working in the European Parliament as a researcher and adviser to an MEP.
Louise holds a PgCert ICSA in Charity Management, an MA in European Integration from Bradford University and a BA in modern European studies from Nottingham Trent University.
(Executive Director – Operations)
Helen is responsible for the work and welfare of the clients and staff across the services. Helen is responsible for managing the delivery of supported accommodation and community based services by the Services staff team, as well as developing other services to provide opportunities for clients to build their skills and resilience to enable them to become self-supporting.
Helen joined Pathways in 2016 having worked for ten years as a manager in Her Majesty’s Prison Service. Prior to this, Helen qualified and worked as a secondary school teacher, as well as working within a 16+ Leaving Care Team.
Helen holds a BA (Hons) in English Literature, an MA in English, a PGCE and QTS, and, most recently, has completed a Masters in Criminology, Penology and Management from University of Cambridge.