Our trustees oversee the running of the shelter, taking care of areas including finance, legal, health and safety, employees, volunteers, fundraising and communications. They listen to our staff, shelter co-ordinators and volunteers to make key decisions about how the shelter should be run. They also draw on their professional experience and their own experience as volunteers at the shelter.
Andrew has been Chair of Trustees since June 2014, and has volunteered mostly at St Mary’s, Stoke Newington, for 12 years. He works part-time for the Big Lottery Fund, and is Chair of Circle 33 Housing Trust. He is also volunteer Chair of The Old Church community arts centre in Stoke Newington. Andrew’s main career was mostly in central government, in both policy and operational roles. His recreations are running, and writing a book about the London to Holyhead road.
Peter Blackwell (Fundraising)
A Hackney resident since 2004, Peter has volunteered at the HWNS since 2014, becoming a trustee in Nov 2016. He works is the Chief Executive at ReachOut, based in Dalston, and runs his own businesses in sports and language learning. He is a Foundation Governor at Bishop Challoner Catholic Federation of Schools, sits on the Gatekeeper Committee for Leadership through Sports and currently serves as a South East Committee Member for BBC Children in Need.
Andrea Daniels (Marketing and Communications)
Andrea became a Trustee in November 2016 and has been a resident of Hackney since 2000. Andrea works as Director of Marketing, Communications and Digital for the British Council, where she leads the promotion of the organisations 100+ social and education programmes. Andrea has worked in the education and social inclusion sectors for over 20 years, first as a social researcher at Ipsos MORI and then as a strategic marketer for the BBC.
Sarah Young joined the Board of Trustees in November 2016. She has lived in Hackney since the 1980s, has raised her family here and has been closely involved in local education issues. Sarah’s background is as a barrister in Public Law, working in academia and the civil service. In 2016 she left the Law Commission to undertake a MSc in Social Policy Research with a view to pursuing her interest in public policy development.
Sarah is the treasurer of Hackney Doorways, a role which includes reviewing the yearly budget for the charity, reconciling accounts and creating the annual accounts. She volunteers at the dorm on Friday Winters at St James the Great Community Hall and is involved in the shelter’s fundraising action group. With a background in finance, Sarah has worked in various roles across the insurance and banking sector over the past 10 years. Her interests include spending time with friends and family, cooking, and visiting the many cultural events London has to offer.
Jessica became a volunteer for HWNS in 2013 and a Trustee in 2014, bringing with her more than 15 years’ experience working in media, charities and non-government organisations. She founded Poached Creative, a communications social enterprise, and developed the Big Issue Online Journalism programme to amplify the voices of homeless and marginalised people. Prior to that she worked for NHS Employers and Shelter. Her other volunteering experience includes Crisis at Christmas.
Jane Ratford (Engagement of Volunteers, Line Manager of Administrator)
Jane has lived in Hackney since 2009, has been a volunteer with Hackney Winter Night Shelter since 2012 and a shelter coordinator since 2013. She is currently Head of MRCP(UK) Written Exams at the Royal College of Physicians. She brings with her a strong background in customer service and operational service delivery which she channels into developing a sustainable and engaged groups of volunteers and coordinators for HWNS.
Niul Dillon Hatcher
Niul has lived in the area since 1987 and is a lawyer. He heard about HWNS after working with Crisis and has been a volunteer and a trustee since 2010. He helps run the night-shift at St Michael’s & All Angels and helped set up the legal clinic for guests. He ran the Hackney Half Marathon for the shelter in 2014. He has three children (one of whom has volunteered and one will this season) and a number of god-children who join in too. Family, music, books, cycles and community involvement fill his “spare” time.
Kate – Shelter Manager Sabrina English
Conor Cregan, Tom Beamont – Advocate Workers