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Who we are

More than 350 staff work for Centrepoint across the country, supporting homeless young people into a home and a job every day.

They include front line workers based in our hostels, counsellors and health supporters, people who boost self-esteem and help get job placements.

We're also led by a Board of Trustees, which holds us to account, and supported by a wonderful Patron and group of dedicated ambassadors.

Our people Working together

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.

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Our Patron Prince William

HRH The Duke of Cambridge 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

Our Ambassadors

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Jonathan Ross

Everyone’s favourite chat show host became our ambassador in 2013 and regularly steps up as host at our Ultimate Pub Quiz challenge.

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Sara Cox

BBC Radio 1 DJ Sara is one of Centrepoint's longest standing ambassadors, supporting us for more than 15 years.

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Allen Leech

The Downton Abbey star has supported Centrepoint since 2012 when he served fish and chips to our young people in Soho.

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Lisa Maxwell

Presenter and actress Lisa is a long standing and valued ambassador who always goes out of her way to support Centrepoint.

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Ellie Goulding

Ellie Goulding became an ambassador after meeting Centrepoint young people in our services and learning about our work first hand. Ellie said 'Centrepoint do such incredible work giving those who have become homeless and those who are at risk of it the help, support and opportunities that all young people should have in order to build a future. Having spent time with the awesome staff and talking to those whose lives have been truly turned around, I really really have to commend their work and dedication to young people.'

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Lady Kitty Spencer

Lady Kitty Spencer became an ambassador in 2016. Lady Kitty met a group of young people at Centrepoint’s London hostels and was blown away by their ambition and passion – despite their difficult circumstances. She said ‘What Centrepoint does is really turn young people’s lives around. From teaching young people about budgeting and nutrition to encouraging them to go for internships - they're helping people get back on their feet. It's not just a shelter.' 

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Lorraine Kelly

TV presenter, journalist and actress Lorraine Kelly became a Centrepoint ambassador in 2016. She said: 'As a broadcaster, I’ve seen up close the courage and talent of homeless young people helped by Centrepoint and the effort this wonderful charity goes to in supporting them. I’m proud to now be an ambassador for a charity which doesn’t settle for simply keeping vulnerable young people safe. With the right help into education or work homeless young people can achieve great things – and I’m going to help shout about it.'

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Richard Madeley

Legendary TV presenter, journalist, columnist and novelist Richard Madeley has been a Centrepoint ambassador since 2011 and is a regular at our frosty fundraiser, Sleep Out! 

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Colin Salmon

James Bond star Colin Salmon became an ambassador in 2015. Colin comes from a diverse and often challenging background and feels a resonance and empathy with Centrepoint's vision.

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Emily Maitlis

Journalist Emily Maitlis is a brilliant and brave ambassador. Not only has she joined us at Sleep Out, she’s even taken on the Pointless Celebrities challenge for us!

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Peter Dickson

Voice of the X-Factor Peter Dickson has been a great supporter of Centrepoint for many years. He regularly lends his distinctive vocals to help us shout about youth homelessness.

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Fara Williams

Fara Williams is the lead ambassador of The Street Football Association. The England and Arsenal Ladies star experienced homelessness herself early in her professional career. As the most capped player in the history of English football, Fara is an inspiration to Street Football Team England's players. She not only provides the perfect example of how high they can aim but also contributes to coaching and mentoring at events like the Homeless World Cup.

Read more about The SFA

Centrepoint's Board of Trustees


Symon Elliot – Chair

Symon is Managing Director of the CEO and Board Services practice in the London office of Russell Reynolds Associates. He advises global corporations on Board recruitment, CEO succession planning, senior executive search and leadership evaluation. He became Chair of the Centrepoint Board in 2017.


Alan Wardle

Alan Wardle is Director of Public Affairs at ABTA and former Head of Policy and Public Affairs at the NSPCC. His background is in government affairs, heading up that function at the Local Government Association and before that at Stonewall.


Jon Milward

Jon is Partner at Deloitte, one of the world’s leading financial and business advisory firms. He has been an active member of the development board for the Centrepoint Sleep Out, as well as a willing participant for the last three years.


Mike Westcott

Mike is Global Human Resources Director for the National Grid. Mike has worked with us on the End Youth Homelessness campaign and is a 2015 addition to the Board of Trustees. He is also a member of the London Skills and Employment Board.


Sally Scriminger

Sally is an independent consultant and coach, working in the supported housing and charity sectors. Consultancy followed a long and varied career, culminating with 10 years as CEO of alcohol and housing charity Foundation66. Sally has held several non-Exec roles, including HACT, Thames Reach and Alcohol Concern.

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Robert Kerse

Robert joined the University of Bristol as Chief Financial Officer in 2016 from the social housing sector where he has held Executive level roles in both Bristol and London over the last 13 years.

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Ian Holborn

Ian is a Chief Finance Officer for an NHS Trust based in Lincolnshire. He has a particular interest in services for ‘hard to reach’ and disadvantaged families and communities.


Clare Montagu

Clare Montagu is Chief Operating Officer of Royal Trinity Hospice in Clapham - a provider of specialist palliative care to the population in central and south west London. 

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Chris Sullivan

Chris is Head of Corporate Banking for Santander. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Goodwood Estates and was recently appointed as the Chair of the Westminster Abbey Investment Committee.

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Symon Elliott - Chair

We know that 150,000 young people in the UK ask for help every year because they are homeless or at risk of homelessness. That is 150,000 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.

Centrepoint's senior executive team

Centrepoint has more than 400 members of staff across the country - but here's our senior team. 

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Seyi Obakin OBE

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 in this time, he has developed a passionate concern for disadvantaged young people, especially those that are homeless.


Sally Orlopp

Sally joined Centrepoint as Director of People, Skills and Employability in February 2015. She 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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Karen Gibson

Karen is Centrepoint’s Director of Finance and Corporate Services. She is responsible for making sure we’re spending donations wisely, and planning for the future of Centrepoint and the young people we support. 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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Martin Gill

Martin is Centrepoint’s Director of Housing and Support. He played a key role in developing the growth of Centrepoint's provision in the North, particularly being the lead in the creation of our city pathways in Sunderland and Bradford. Martin is a lifelong Sunderland supporter - in spite of this, he maintains his love for the game!


Balbir Chatrik

Balbir Centrepoint’s Director of Policy and Engagement – meaning she’s responsible for ensuring young people’s voices are embedded in everything we do. Balbir has worked directly with young people as a youth worker in Camden and a student counsellor at a further education college in Ealing.


Matt - Hostel Manager

Matt manages a Centrepoint hostel in London. He has personal experience of homelessness after moving to the capital at 15. He oversees all the support young people receive at his service. 'I always think how I fell into a homelessness service and how it changed my life, basically. I don’t know where I’d be if I hadn’t got into that service. It’s the same sort of thing, I just wanted to give something back to the young people.'

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