Board of Trustees

Ann Skinner
(Chair of Trustees)

Ann has extensive experience of working for both the statutory, independent and voluntary sectors over many years in different senior-level roles. For the past seven years she has been CEO of the social enterprise, Resolving Chaos. Her background in local and regional government over many years 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, business development and the voluntary sector. Ann was previously Chair of the Board of Trustees at Homeless Link, a second-tier national organisation, for six years. She is currently self employed as a management consultant.


James Gilbourne
(Honorary Treasurer)

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.


Andy Vincent
(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 Blake

Laura is an experienced fundraiser and charity leader who has worked in the third sector since 2009. She is currently Director of Development at Somerset Community Foundation, a grant-making charity that provides charitable giving advice and services to philanthropists and businesses. Laura has previously worked in senior fundraising roles in charities with a focus on youth and education, including Teach First, Barnardo’s and The Prince’s Trust.


Philippa Nancoo

Philippa has a degree in law, attended law school, has a LLM in International human rights and development and is in her final studies for a Postgraduate qualification in Leadership and Management, specialising in Housing and Homelessness. She has volunteered both abroad and in the UK for over 20 years, giving her time and expertise to organisations like the Citizens’ Advice, the Free Representation Unit, Refugee Action and Crisis. She is passionate about homelessness issues and volunteers as a Supervisor and Adviser with a homeless charity every Christmas. She also assists churches that want to start up or improve their homeless ministries. She currently works for a homeless charity as a Housing Services Manager, leading teams across three prisons that offer housing advice and support to clients that will be homeless upon release.


Sarah Miller

Sarah is CEO with Papworth Trust, a disability charity covering the East of England and a Trustee of Walsingham Support Community Solutions, a charity working to support adults with disabilities in the community with learning, work and leisure activities. She has worked in the care sector for over 30 years, with charities such as RNID, Sense, Guinness Partnership and Walsingham Support, starting her career as a support worker back in the 1980s. Sarah lives in Norfolk with her husband, Simon and dogs, cats and some recently inherited guinea fowl. They have recently purchased land with the aim to rescue horses in need.


Senior Management Team

Helen Campbell-Wroe
CEO (Operations)

Helen is the CEO at Pathways to Independence. Helen’s role as CEO is to assist the Board of Trustees in carrying out their duties and meeting the charity’s objectives. Helen is responsible for leading on the strategy of the organisation, business planning and developing its narrative and external voice.

Helen joined Pathways in 2016 having worked for ten years in various managerial positions connected with resettlement and Reducing Reoffending, in various prisons within Her Majesty’s Prison Service. Prior to this, Helen qualified and worked as a secondary school teacher, as well as working within a Kent 16+ Leaving Care Team.

Helen holds a BA (Hons) in English Literature, an MA in English, a PGCE and QTS, and in 2016 completed a Masters in Criminology, Penology and Management from University of Cambridge, her thesis being on the lived experiences of women prisoners undertaking ROTL. Helen is currently undertaking some further academic studies in Psychology.