ARE YOU HOMELESS, SOFA SURFING OR AT RISK?

Catherine, a Centrepoint young person.

Who we are

More than 400 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.

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.

HRH The Duke of Cambridge with Centrepoint young people.

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

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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.

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Alan Wardle

Alan Wardle was formerly Director of Public Affairs at ABTA – The Travel Association. His previous roles include Head of Corporate Affairs at the NSPCC, and leading on government affairs at the Local Government Association and Stonewall.

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Clare Montagu

Clare Montagu is Chief Operating Officer of Royal Trinity Hospice, a non-profit provider of specialist palliative care for people at the end of their lives. Previously, Clare held a number of policy and political adviser roles in the last Labour government.

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Poppy Noor

Poppy is a journalist and former Centrepoint resident. Poppy is a Guardian columnist, and was previously commissioning editor on the Guardian’s Housing Network. In 2015, she won the WIE Network Generation Award for her campaigning on homelessness.

David Montague, Centrepoint trustee

David Montague CBE

David has been Chief Executive of L&Q since February 2008. David is a Fellow of both the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. He was also awarded a CBE for services to housing in London.

Frances Corner, Centrepoint trustee

Frances Corner OBE

Professor Frances Corner OBE is Head of London College of Fashion and Pro Vice-Chancellor Digital of University of the Arts London. Frances champions the use of fashion as an agent for innovation and change. She is the author of the book 'Why Fashion Matters'.

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Ian Holborn

Ian is a Chief Finance Officer for The Retreat, a specialist mental health care provider for people with complex and challenging needs. Ian is a finance professional with over 20 years’ experience and also worked for a number of years in the further education sector.

Ndidi Okezie, Centrepoint trustee

Ndidi Okezie

Ndidi leads on Digital and Customer Voice strategy at Pearson PLC. She has over 16 years' experience in the education and charity sectors, including six years as Executive Director of the charity Teach First.

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Jon Milward

Jon is Partner and Head of Real Estate Development at Deloitte, one of the world’s leading financial and business advisory firms. He has 26 years’ experience working as a planning and development advisor.

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Mike Westcott

Mike is 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.

David Carter, Centrepoint trustee

Sir David Carter

Sir David recently stepped down as National Schools Commissioner (NSC) after years of leadership experience in the school system. Before joining the Civil Service, he was the CEO of a multi-academy trust in Bristol – responsible for 12 schools across the city.

Sally Scriminger, Centrepoint trustee

Sally Scriminger

Sally is an independent consultant and coach working in the supported housing and charity sectors. Her current role follows a long and varied career, including ten years as the Chief Executive of the charity Foundation66.

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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. 

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

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Robert Cade

Robert is Centrepoint’s Director of Strategy and Performance – meaning he's responsible for optimising the way we work to drive the best possible outcomes for homeless young people. Before joining Centrepoint, Robert worked for over a decade as a management consultant. In this role, he focused on operational transformation in the public sector.

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.

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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, in particular leading on 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.

Di Gornall, Centrepoint's Director of Fundraising

Di Gornall

Di is Centrepoint’s Director of Fundraising and is responsible for maximising voluntary income to end youth homelessness. Di’s passion for fundraising started over 15 years ago in higher education and then developed in the charity sector at the MS Society and Arthritis Care.

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

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.

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."

Join Matt and work for Centrepoint