A young woman supported by Centrepoint - the UK's leading youth homelessness charity.

Who we are

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

Judges at Centrepoint's The Big Broth

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


Symon Elliott – Chair

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.


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.

Frances Corner, Centrepoint trustee

Frances Corner OBE

Professor Frances Corner OBE became Warden (CEO) of Goldsmiths University of London in July 2019, having previously been Head of London College of Fashion and Pro-Vice Chancellor Digital of University of the Arts London. Frances is the author of Why Fashion Matters and as a campaigner, has championed the role of fashion as a force for innovation and change.  

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Amanda Holgate

Amanda Holgate is 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.

Darren Douglas

Darren Douglas

Darren 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.

David Carter, Centrepoint trustee

Sir David Carter

Sir David 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 joined the University of Bristol as Chief Financial Officer in 2016. Prior to this role, he spent 13 years in various executive level roles in the social housing sector, including Executive Director (Resources) at Circle Housing. 


Mike Westcott

Mike 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 currently 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 has a career in financial services as a commercial leader and CFO and is currently Deputy Chief Executive at The Bank of London. 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.


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. 


Cheryl Avery

Cheryl is the Director responsible for Asylum Accommodation Centres at the Home Office. She has over 30 years Business and Commercial experience gained from the Private and Public Sectors. This includes holding a series of leadership posts with organisations such as the Ministry of Justice, Accenture, DXC, Fujitsu, NatWest, and the Metropolitan Police Service.

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Symon Elliott - Chair

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.

Centrepoint's senior executives

Centrepoint has more than 400 members of staff across the country. Meet our senior team here. 

Seyi Obakin, Centrepoint's CEO.

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

Balbir Chatrik, Centrepoint's Director of Policy and Engagement

Balbir Chatrik

Balbir is Centrepoint’s Director of Policy and Communication – 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.

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Karen Gibson

Karen is Centrepoint’s Director of Finance and Compliance. She's 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.


Julie Milnes

Julie is Centrepoint’s Director of Fundraising, 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 is Centrepoint’s Director of Support and Housing, 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.  Prior to joining Centrepoint he was Chief Executive of the veterans’ charity Stoll and Chief Executive of the homelessness charity SPEAR.  

Sally Orlopp, Centrepoint's Director of People, Skills and Employability

Sally Orlopp

Sally joined Centrepoint as Director of People, Property and Independent Living 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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Adam Pemberton

As Centrepoint’s Director of Strategy and Performance, Adam Pemberton 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.

Orla Constant, Centrepoint's Relationship Director

Órla Constant

As Relationship Director, 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.

Matt Carlisle, Centrepoint Service Manager

Matt, Service 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," he says. "It’s the same sort of thing, I just wanted to give something back to the young people."

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