Marketing and Communications Manager
Joe joined the board in October 2018 bringing his experience in fundraising and charity communications.
Currently, he works in the creative studio of an advertising agency, specialising in not-for-profit marketing. As a copywriter, he works across print, digital, branding and TV, writing compelling campaigns for some of the UK’s biggest and best-known charities.
Prior, he worked charity-side, most recently at Christian Aid, where he led creative development for major appeals, trained and coached fundraising staff across England, Wales and Scotland, and managed high-income projects.
Joe brings creativity and fundraising strategy to Housing Justice, recently stepping up as Chair of the Fundraising Committee.
Equipping Shelters 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.
Olawunmi joined the board in October 2018. She brings a decade of experience from the property business as well running her own business, having been self-employed practically all her adult working life.
She is keen to contribute to housing the homeless having been involved in running a homeless shelter in her church over the Christmas period and she wants to support Housing Justice to become more pro-active in tackling homelessness.
One of the ways she is aiming to get more involved directly with some of the many things Housing Justice does is through the annual Homeless Sunday event.
Olawunmi is passionate and hard working in all she does.
Homelessness Engagement Officer, North Wales
Stephen began working in Housing in 1981 with the London Borough of Ealing processing Waiting List Applications. Bored with filing, he volunteered to be one of the first four Housing Advisers who replaced reception staff. After a temporary secondment to the Homelessness Team he secured a permanent job as a Homelessness Officer with the City of Westminster. Ethical conflicts led him two years later to CHAS (Catholic Housing Aid Society) where he became an Independent Housing Adviser and later, Assistant Director. 10 years later he became Co-ordinator of Borderline, a Church of Scotland project for homeless Scots in London. After five years he moved his young family to Carmarthenshire, working as a Social Services Policy Officer. A move to Colwyn Bay came three years later with Stephen becoming Senior Homelessness Officer with Denbighshire County Council. During 10 years based in Rhyl modernising the homelessness service, he acquired a Masters in Housing Policy through research at the former NACRO Night Shelter, then based in the most deprived ward in Wales. He chaired the North Wales Homelessness Officer Forum and for two years he was a member of the Ministerial Advisory Group on Rough Sleeping. He joined Housing Justice just in time for the 2018 Wrexham Cold Weather Shelter Pilot. When not worrying about homelessness Stephen sings second tenor with Amici del Canto Chamber Choir.
Catalyst Worker Cymru (FIAH)
Jonathan is a Catalyst Worker for Housing Justice in Wales. He lives in Swansea with wife of 20 years, Elizabeth. A committed Christian he worships at St Samlets Parish Church in the Llansamlet area of Swansea where he is a member of the St Samlets Church Parochial Church Council. He also holds a Eucharist Assistant Licence in the Diocese of Swansea & Brecon.
As Catalyst Worker he has worked on establishing and co-ordinating the delivery of the first church-led Night Shelter in the Neath Port Talbot area of South Wales and is currently working on the Faith in Affordable Housing Project in Wales.
Prior to joining Housing Justice, after gaining a degree in Geography at the University of Bristol and Masters in Town Planning at Cardiff University, he worked in the housing association and local authority regeneration sectors in Wales for twenty five years, most recently as Director of Development (West) for Pobl Group which is one of the largest housing associations in Wales.
He also volunteers with the local Salvation Army Community Team that visits Neath Town Centre once a week to provide support and food to homeless people in the town.
A sports fan he has a particular passion for rugby union for Newport RFC and in football for Aston Villa.
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.
Peter Walters is Group Chief Executive of First Wessex Housing Group (FWHG) which he joined in April 2007.
First Wessex Housing Group owns and manages over 20,000 homes, principally in Hampshire. The organisation’s principal aim is to provide high quality and affordable housing.
Prior to joining FWHG Peter was Chief Executive of English Churches Housing Group. He has spoken extensively at conferences and seminars on Housing, Homelessness and Social Services issues, and has also served as a Housing and Social Services Director with a London Local Authority.
Peter’s background is however as a housing professional, with successive posts in the London boroughs of Wandsworth, Westminster, Barnet and Merton over a period of 20 years.
Peter has served as a non –executive Director on a number of Boards, including a Primary Care Trust, leading lobbying groups such as Housing Justice, and an Arms Length Management Organisation [ALMO], City West Homes. He is currently Chair of Sutton Housing Partnership.
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.
Jenny Rossiter has over 35 year’s experience of working both in urban regeneration and in overseas development. Her overarching interest is urban development and housing in both the global North and South.
She worked for CIIR (now Progressio) in Nicaragua and Honduras and has travelled extensively in Southern Africa where she coordinated development programmes for agencies including Oxfam and Save the Children.
After qualifying as an Environmental Health Officer she worked on housing and related issues in Coventry, Birmingham, Rugby, Leicester and Newham both for voluntary and statutory agencies. During the mid 1980s she worked for the Housing Department of the GLC managing improvement and modernisation programmes across the capital.
Jenny now works as an independent consultant carrying out research and evaluations for voluntary and church organisations and academic institutions. Recently she has started to give guided walks on the history of social housing in London to students and other interested organisations. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing and has an MSc in International Housing Studies from UCL.
She is currently Vice Chair of Faith in the Future (a Muslim-led regeneration organisation in East London). After 12 years she has just retired from the board of Homeless International.
Having been Broadway Homelessness & Support’s Management Accountant since January 2008, as well as a member of their Strategic Management Team for the last year, 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.
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.
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.
Equipping Shelters London, Team Leader
Mark Brennan is an Equipping Shelters Team Leader for Housing Justice. Last winter was his 12th year with us.
Mark’s background is in the marketing, sales and distribution side of the Canadian newspaper business and made his segue into the homelessness sector whilst 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 currently Chairs the Islington Outreach Forum for all agencies, statutory and voluntary, engaged with addressing street population activity in the borough.
Director Housing Justice Cymru
Sharon Lee grew up in Merthyr Tydfil, before moving to London to study Politics and Modern History at University. She worked for many years in housing management for Housing Associations in England & Wales. Sharon was Head of Support Services and a member of the senior management team at Wales and West Housing, before becoming a full time mother in 2009. Sharon joined Housing Justice in 2013 when the FIAH project was launched in Wales.
Sharon is a trustee of her local church in Bridgend and is part of the leadership team with her husband Peter.
She believes passionately that the church can make a difference to communities and wants to see churches and housing providers working together to provide homes for future generations.
Greg has long experience of working in politics and public affairs and has worked in Parliament, Government and the charitable sector.
He is currently Assistant General Secretary and Head of Public Affairs of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, the secretariat of the Catholic Church.
Previously he was Member of Parliament for Hyndburn for 18 years. He served as a Government Whip working in the Foreign Office and Departments for both International Development and Trade & Industry. He was also a member of the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee for nine years. During his time in Parliament he had an interest in housing renewal and regeneration.
He is married with three grown up children and lives in Southwark in south-east London. His interests include cooking, football, cycling, and walking, including walking across Central America from Pacific to Caribbean to raise money for a homelessness charity in Nicaragua.
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 an active champion of homelessness charities and initiatives, particularly near his home in Bristol.
He is a volunteer and trustee there with the Julian Trust, an emergency night shelter for homeless people. He has been involved with them since 2004 and represents them on Bristol’s Shelter Programme Steering Group (part of the Rough Sleeper Partnership) and Bristol Homeless Forum.
As a qualified Management Accountant he has been treasurer of other local charities and has worked in financial management for a number of charities since leaving industry in 2001.
Richard’s volunteer work also includes as a Nightstop host since 2008 and library sessions for the Park Bench charity, for which he is also a trustee.
He is actively engaged with conflict resolution as a volunteer and trustee with Bristol Mediation, providing mediation for hostel residents.
Richard is a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).
The Rt Revd James Langstaff has been Bishop of Rochester since November 2010; he had previously been Suffragan Bishop of Lynn in the Diocese of Norwich since June 2004. In that role he had oversight of parishes in north and west Norfolk and also led the Diocese’s engagement with social and community concerns.
For the previous 18 years Bishop James served in the Diocese of Birmingham in both inner urban and more suburban communities, as incumbent successively of St Matthew’s, Nechells and Holy Trinity, Sutton Coldfield. For three years he was Chaplain to the then Bishop of Birmingham, the Rt Revd Mark Santer. He also served on various diocesan bodies and was for a time Vice-Chair of the Diocesan Board of Finance. Before moving to Birmingham in 1986, Bishop James was Curate at St Peter’s Farnborough in the Diocese of Guildford, having trained for ordained ministry at St John’s College, Nottingham. His first degree was in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford.
During his time in Birmingham, Bishop James developed a particular interest in urban regeneration initiatives and began a long-lasting involvement in social and affordable housing. He continued this as Chair of Flagship Housing Group from 2006-2010 – Flagship is a social housing organisation with over 20,000 properties in the Eastern Region. While in Norfolk, Bishop James supplemented his previous urban experience with a growing engagement with rural issues, serving for a number of years as a Trustee of the Norfolk Rural Community Council.
Of his time as Bishop of Lynn, Bishop James says: “I especially valued and enjoyed the opportunities to visit parishes and get to know the clergy and lay leaders. The concept of a Christian presence in every neighbourhood is one that I greatly value, and it has been a great encouragement to see people working that out at local level. Another highpoint for me was our link with the Anglican Province of Papua New Guinea – it has been a huge privilege to develop friendships with Christians in a very different culture, from whom I have learnt so much.”
As Bishop of Rochester, Bishop James has oversight of a diocese which covers West Kent, Medway and the London Boroughs of Bromley and Bexley – this includes much of the Kent Thames Gateway area. He is at present engaged on a programme of visiting every part of the diocese in order to meet all the clergy one-to-one, and also begin to understand the variety of places in which they serve. He is also beginning to build relationships in various sectors of civil and public society in the area. As in Norfolk, he is keen to see the church expressing Christian presence in each setting through its parishes and chaplaincies; he is also looking for opportunities to foster the engagement of the churches with wider social and community life.
Bishop James is married to Bridget who, having worked previously as a nurse practitioner with homeless people and then as head of healthcare in prisons, is now Regional Development Manager with the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse, working especially in prisons. Bridget was for 14 years a lay member of the General Synod for the Diocese of Birmingham. Their son, Alasdair (27) is a chef; he is married to Kate and lives in Birmingham. Their daughter, Helen (25) is doing postgraduate studies in Forensic Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh.
Bishop James enjoys choral singing and is beginning to find openings for that in Kent. He and Bridget enjoy entertaining and being entertained; walking, skiing, theatre and concert going, reading and travel also feature among their interests.
Our London Hosting volunteer
Brian spent his career working in the railways, in particular forecasting passenger numbers. Since taking early retirement, he has taken on several roles in the voluntary sector. He has been working with Housing Justice on the hosting programme since 2015, having hosted asylum seekers personally for several years. He lives in Palmers Green, north London, where he is currently the co-ordinator of the local Child Contact Centre, as well as being a member and elder of the United Reformed Church.
Our Tuesday volunteer since 2012
Carol's background is as a Social worker, mostly hospital based in London. She has always had an interest in housing and homelessness, and has worked with Simon Community and Centrepoint. She also volunteers in Merton for a drop-in centre and winter night shelter.
At Housing Justice Carol does office odd-jobs and support, provides complementary therapy for staff, she helps and takes minutes at the Soup Run Forum and Housing Justice training days and other events.
Carol volunteers because "I believe in the mission and ethos of Housing Justice, as a committed Christian I believe that everybody should have a place to call home."
Bishop Joe joined the Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Ms Rachel Lampard in a three-way joint Presidency of the charity in January 2017. Each of the Presidents has extensive knowledge and wisdom in both the church, housing and homelessness sector.
Dr Aldred takes up this honorary position in addition to his work full time on the staff team for Churches Together in England with responsibility for Pentecostal and Multicultural Relations.
As a Bishop in the Church of God of Prophecy, Dr Aldred has extensive experience with the Pentecostal tradition and the charity looks forward to seeing new relationships develop within this tradition.
As well as having a passion for ecumenism, Dr Aldred is a broadcaster, providing Pause for Thought's for national BBC stations and hosting a weekly Sunday evening radio programme for BBC WM 95.6 and BBC Coventry and Warwickshire.
He has written a number of books, including “Respect”, about understanding Caribbean British Christianity, and “Thinking Outside the Box”.
As part of his new role as a Co-President of Housing Justice, Bishop Joe visited one of the Birmingham Winter Shelter venues at the end of January, accompanied by Emma Neil, Housing Justice Birmingham Development Coordinator.
The Birmingham Churches Winter Night Shelter is a community of individuals, churches and organisations that work together to provide emergency accommodation, food and support to homeless people in Birmingham during the coldest winter months through welcoming them into our churches and providing hospitality.
Speaking of his new role, Bishop Dr Joe Aldred said:
"Being approached to take on this new role at Housing Justice is an honour, because I would dearly love to live in a society where everyone has a home.
I believe the church has a huge contribution, which will grow in the coming years and this must be a response of the whole church, in unity.
I look forward to working with my fellow presidents and all those connected to Housing Justice as together we contribute to making this ideal as close to reality as possible."
Welcoming this appointment, Housing Justice Chair, the Rt Revd James Langstaff said:
“Housing Justice aspires to be the national Christian voice on housing and homelessness. It is, therefore, really important that we have support and involvement from the widest possible range of churches and Christian organisations.
Bishop Joe Aldred is a widely respected national church leader. As a bishop in the Church of God of Prophecy and as the person responsible at Churches Together in England for liaison with pentecostal churches, he brings immense experience and wide connections.
I hugely welcome his appointment as one of the Presidents of Housing Justice, and look forward to working together.”
Kathy Mohan comes to Housing Justice with a strong track record in social housing where she has experience of both designing and delivering services. In a career spanning 30 years, Kathy has operated at senior levels in a range of social housing organisations – and brings a strong 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 Kathy has direct experience of the importance of Housing Justice in supporting this very valuable voluntary work.
Kathy will be joining 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.
As a member of the Church of England, Kathy will be the first Chief Executive of the charity who has not been a practising Roman Catholic or a member of its clergy within the 60 year history.
The Revd Robert Wickham, Bishop of Edmonton, became Chair of Housing Justice in March 2019.
Bishop Rob, who became the Bishop of Edmonton in September 2015, 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 responsibility for St Mary’s Somers Town, and for nine years Rector of St John at Hackney, latterly becoming Area Dean of Hackney. While there he was renowned for repurposing church building use for the wider community. Homelessness issues have been a defining feature throughout his ministry.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols' biography can be viewed here.