Our team

Thousands of people help make Centrepoint the UK’s leading youth homelessness charity – our supporters, volunteers, staff and ambassadors all play a huge part in helping us create real change. Here are just a few of those dedicated individuals helping us give homeless young people a future.

HRH The Prince of Wales with Centrepoint residents

Our Patron Prince William

HRH The Prince of Wales has been our Patron since 2005 - following in the footsteps of his mother, Princess Diana. Prince William would visit our hostels when he was a child and, when it was his turn to take over some of her patronages, Centrepoint was the first one he chose. He regularly visits us both in the public eye, but also in private, so he can meet and chat to the young people we support.

Find out more about our patron
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Our ambassadors

We're incredibly lucky to have a whole host of famous faces joining us in the fight to end youth homelessness. 

Meet our ambassadors

Centrepoint's Board of Trustees

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Symon Elliott

Symon Elliott

Chair
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Symon Elliott

Symon Elliott is Founder and CEO of Leaders Futures, an enterprise offering mentoring to senior executives in both business and civil society. He was previously Managing Director of CEO and Board Services at Russell Reynolds Associates.

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Clare Montagu

Clare Montagu

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Clare Montagu

Clare Montagu is Chief Executive Officer at Poppy's, an award-winning modern independent funeral directors in London which provides unrivalled choice, flexibility and transparency to people needing to plan a funeral. In previous roles, Clare worked at a hospice, for a sexual health charity and for over 10 years in politics.

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Amanda Holgate

Amanda Holgate

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Amanda Holgate

Amanda Holgate is the Chief Financial Officer at Anchor, England’s largest not-for-profit provider of housing, care and support to people over 55 years old. Prior to this, she was Executive Director Resources at Southern Housing Group, a large registered provider of social housing. Amanda is an experienced finance professional, joining the social housing sector in 2014 after a long career in the private sector including financial services and real estate development and management.

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Cheryl Avery

Cheryl Avery

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Cheryl Avery

Cheryl Avery is the Head of Operations for the Marine Division of The Crown Estate. She has over 30 years of business and commercial experience gained from the private and public sectors. This includes holding a series of leadership posts with organisations such as the Home Office, Accenture, DXC, Fujitsu, NatWest, and the Metropolitan Police Service.

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Darren Douglas

Darren Douglas

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Darren Douglas

Darren Douglas is an Advice Manager at Imperial College London, where he provides pastoral support and advice to the university's students. Darren is a former resident of Centrepoint and has over 10 years' experience working within youth, education and advisory sectors. Darren is the author of Power of 21: Pathways Towards A Brighter Future.

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Sir David Carter

Sir David Carter

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Sir David Carter

Sir David Carter is the Executive Director of System Leadership at Ambition Institute and was previously the National Schools Commissioner for England. He has over 35 years of educational experience as a teacher, headteacher and CEO of a multi academy trust.

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Robert Kerse

Robert Kerse

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Robert Kerse

Robert Kerse is the Chief Operating Officer at Imperial College London. Prior to this he held a similar role at the University of Bristol since 2016. Robert spent 13 years in various executive level roles in the social housing sector, including Executive Director for Resources at Circle Housing.

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Mike Westcott

Mike Westcott

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Mike Westcott

Mike Westcott was formally the Global Human Resources Director and Group Commercial Property Director at National Grid. Before joining the National Grid, Mike worked for Diageo for 14 years in a number of senior HR roles.

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Tsion Balcha

Tsion Balcha

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Tsion Balcha

Tsion Balcha works at LDPath, which manages 33,000 NHS patients. Tsion also has extensive experience in youth work within Centrepoint and Camden Council. She is a former Centrepoint resident and has chaired and led a young people's group to speak up on issues they were passionate about. Since leaving Centrepoint, Tsion graduated in Development Studies at SOAS University.  

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Tom Wood

Tom Wood

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Tom Wood

Tom Wood has a career in financial services as a commercial leader. Having worked for leading companies such as Barclays and Shawbrook, Tom enjoys developing successful strategies and solving complex problems. In the recent past Tom has added consulting, advising and investing in to his professional life.

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Bukola Adisa

Bukola Adisa

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Bukola Adisa

Bukola Adisa, is founder and CEO of a not for profit social enterprise, Career Masterclass, dedicated to enabling the progression of black and minority ethnic professionals in the workplace. She is also a senior risks and controls expert and has held senior roles at HSBC, JP Morgan and Deloitte.  Her previous role was Managing Director and Head of Framework Design and Execution at Barclays Bank in the Chief Controls Office. 

Symon Elliott
We know that tens of thousands of young people in the UK ask for help every year because they are homeless or at risk of homelessness. That is too many so I am committed to our vision of ending youth homelessness, which starts with making sure that every young person leaves Centrepoint with a job and a home.
Symon Elliott - Chair of Centrepoint's Board of Trustees

Centrepoint's Senior Executive team

Centrepoint has more than 400 members of staff across the country. Meet our Senior Executive team here.
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Seyi Obakin

Seyi Obakin OBE

Chief Executive Officer
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Seyi Obakin

Seyi is Centrepoint's Chief Executive Officer, and is responsible for the whole organisation. He works closely with the Senior Executive Team to ensure we achieve our vision of ending youth homelessness. He became chief executive in 2009, and since this time, he has developed a passionate concern for disadvantaged young people, especially those that are homeless.

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Balbir Chatrik

Balbir Chatrik

Director of Policy and Communications
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Balbir Chatrik

Balbir has worked in public policy for over 25 years, developing expertise covering young people in the labour market, housing, welfare benefits and participation. Balbir has experience of working in the civil service and the charitable sector. In addition, she has been a governor in a primary school and a secondary school. She has supported young people directly as a youth worker and as a student counsellor. Balbir is particularly keen on ensuring young people develop the skills and have the platform to advocate for themselves and their peers.

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Karen Gibson

Karen Gibson

Director of Finance and Compliance
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Karen Gibson

Karen is responsible for making sure we're spending donations wisely, and planning for the future of Centrepoint. When she's not in the office, you're likely to see Karen clad in orange training for one of the many challenges she's taking on for Centrepoint.

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Julie Milne

Julie Milnes

Director of Fundraising
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Julie Milne

Julie is responsible for raising the vital funds which enable the charity to deliver its crucial services to young people. With a fundraising career spanning more than 17 years, Julie has raised millions of pounds for high profile charities including Teenage Cancer Trust, British Red Cross, Amnesty International, UNICEF UK and International Rescue Committee.

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Ed Tytherleigh

Ed Tytherleigh

Director of Support and Housing
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Ed Tytherleigh

Ed is responsible for the delivery of Centrepoint’s frontline services for young people across the country. He has worked in social care for over 20 years, both within the UK and internationally. Before joining Centrepoint he was Chief Executive of the veterans’ charity Stoll and Chief Executive of the homelessness charity SPEAR.

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Sally Orlopp

Sally Orlopp

Director of People, Property and Independent Living
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Sally Orlopp

Sally is responsible for ensuring the best people are working for Centrepoint, and that they’re getting the support and training they need. She has more than 25 years’ experience working in the Skills and Employability industry, across the public and private sectors.

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Adam Pemberton

Adam Pemberton Wickham

Director of Strategy and Performance
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Adam Pemberton

Adam works across the organisation to join up our efforts to end youth homelessness nationally by 2037. Previously he was Corporate Director of Strategy and Performance at Barnardo's and Assistant Chief Executive at Victim Support as well as working in the Cabinet Office and at PA Consulting.

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Orla Constant

Órla Constant

Relationship Director
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Orla Constant

Órla is responsible for building and developing high level relationships with our donors, partners, and supporters to help achieve Centrepoint's overall aim – to get our young people into a home and a job. Órla was introduced to Centrepoint as a voluntary fundraiser, working on Centrepoint's inaugural gala and awards event at The Royal Albert Hall back in 2011.