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

Our ambassadors

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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. "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," says Ellie. "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. "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," says Kitty. "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. "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," says Lorraine. "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."

Shirley Ballas

Shirley Ballas

Head Judge on the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing, Shirley joined Centrepoint as an ambassador in 2018. Originally from Wallasey, she's been dancing since the age of seven and is a multi World Champion as well as one of the top Ballroom and Latin dancing teachers and adjudicators in the world. "I'm so thrilled to be an ambassador for Centrepoint. Centrepoint does the most unbelievable job for youth homelessness and I'm honoured to now be part of such a special organisation," she says.

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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.

Sara Cox at 2015 Ultimate Pub Quiz

Sara Cox

BBC Radio 2 DJ Sara is one of Centrepoint's longest standing ambassadors, supporting us for more than 15 years.

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Richard Madeley

Legendary TV presenter, journalist, columnist and novelist Richard Madeley has been a Centrepoint ambassador since 2011.

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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.


Aldo Zilli

Celebrity chef Aldo experienced homelessness himself as a teenager and became a cook to make sure he was able to eat. He became an ambassador in 2016 and has been key to the success of The Big Broth. 

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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 Royal Parks Half Marathon and appeared on the BBC's Pointless Celebrities 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.


Sadie Frost

Sadie has been a loyal supporter of Centrepoint over the last ten years. Whether it's taking part in Sleep Out, cooking lentil soup for The Big Broth or getting to know our young people, she's been a constant supporter of our campaigns. 


Vanessa Feltz

The BBC Radio presenter and journalist has been a supporter of Centrepoint for the last seven years. She recently judged The Big Broth competition and also interviewed Sara Cox on her radio show about the scale of youth homelessness.

Street Football Association ambassador Fara Williams

Fara Williams

The England and Reading Ladies star experienced homelessness early in her professional career. She's an inspiration for Street Football Team England, and coaches our players at events like the Homeless World Cup.

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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 Board of Trustees


Symon Elliott – Chair

Symon was formally the Managing Director for the Board Directors and Chief Executive Officers Sector at Russell Reynolds Associates. He has been a trustee since 2015 and became Chair of the Board of Trustees in 2017.


Alan Wardle

Alan Wardle is Director of Public Affairs at the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA). His previous roles include leading on policy and public affairs at the NSPCC, the Local Government Association and Stonewall.


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.


Mike Westcott

Mike is the Global Human Resources Director for the National Grid. Before joining the National Grid, Mike worked for Diageo for 14 years in a number of senior HR roles.


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 10 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.

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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.


Clare Montagu

Clare Montagu is Chief Operating Officer of Royal Trinity Hospice, a provider of specialist palliative care. Her previous role was as Service Director at Terrence Higgins Trust and before then she spent over a decade working in politics and public policy. 

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.


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.

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Karen Gibson

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

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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