Our Trustee and Senior Leadership Team has a wealth of experience across a range of private, public and charitable organisations. Each of us is committed to the vision, values and objectives of Stonepillow, as envisioned by the charity’s founders.
‘The past 5 years have been challenging, yet through strong collaboration I have remained optimistic as we expanded our service offer and built on learning from the pandemic. y listening to our clients and staff, we are making a step change in addressing the causes of homelessness and delivering practice models of services which prevent and end rough sleeping.’
‘The disciplines and skillset my role requires are similar across all sectors. I enjoy working for Stonepillow, in particular when I hear the stories of our clients’ journeys, both successful and unsuccessful. It puts my role in perspective, makes me appreciate the work of our staff teams and proud to be work for Stonepillow.’
"I wanted to make a meaningful impact within a community I feel deeply connected to. Stonepillow positively changes lives of those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in our community".
‘I joined Stonepillow as I wanted to support, help and nurture our clients and our services. I could do this by making our shops, warehouse and online businesses profitable. I wanted to see the client pathways they take and the incredible results we help them achieve, from homelessness to their own rental property.’
I am proud to now lead our fundraising and communications team alongside contributing to the development of such an important organisation through our SLT. The achievements of our frontline staff and clients are a daily inspiration.
‘This is my first experience of working in the charitable sector and working with such relentless, passionate and dedicated staff who tirelessly to do their very best for the most vulnerable people in our society has been inspirational.’
I joined the Stonepillow Team in 2021 with a passion for making a positive difference in my local community. I grew up in the Chichester area and am proud to be part of the amazing services that Stonepillow provide to support individuals’ journeys to sustained accommodation, independence, and wellbeing.
She has always driven by a desire to contribute to society’s needs and in particularly, the needs of those with challenging circumstances who are vulnerable to harm or harming others. This drive has also led her to recently become an advisor to both the Howard League and the Police Foundation.
Olivia was awarded a QPM in 2016 and CBE in 2023. She is also an experienced trustee at local and national level with awareness of charity finance and governance.
Olivia’s interests are cycling, paddle boarding, skiing and walking and learning to cook.
In 1987 he was asked to set up Barclays Acquisition Finance Department, specialising in financing buyouts and corporate acquisitions. He headed this department until retiring from Barclays in 2003, watching it grow to over 50 people from unprepossessing beginnings with only three people!
Since retirement he has spent much of his time sailing. He has crossed the Atlantic three times and has visited the Azores twice, in his own boat. Now he sails in the Mediterranean where he has a share in a boat. He is married with four grown up children and 7 grandchildren. He and his wife Diana live by the sea in Itchenor.
He is also a trustee and Deputy Chairman of the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society and a trustee and the Treasurer of the RCC Pilotage Foundation, which publishes pilot books for yachtsmen. He can on occasions be heard playing his squeeze box rather badly!
Prior to Chichester Cathedral, David Was Marketing and Visitor Operations Director at Salisbury Cathedral and previously worked in various agency and client side marketing roles in London and Hampshire.
David has served as interim Chair of Trustees for Stonepillow during 2023, and chairs the Fundraising and Communications subcommittee. He is married to Alison, and has two children, Matthew and Kate. He lives in Winchester and enjoys football, cricket, running and music.
Following a BA in History and Theology at Durham University, Shelagh spent six years as an officer in the Women’s Royal Army Corps. She is also on the Boards of Chichester Festival Theatre, the Betty Martin Charity and Bourne Community College. Her interests include running, tennis and music.
Shelagh was awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2015 and appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for West Sussex in the same year.
In previous lives Peter was the manager of a retail camping shop from 1980 to 1986 and from 1977 to 1980 worked for Encounter Overland as an overland expedition leader driver running overland expeditions across Africa and Asia.
Peter has been a Trustee of Stonepillow since 2011 and is a former Director of Chichester Chamber of Commerce.
His interests are Series One Land Rovers, Horology, Hill Walking and Rugby Union.
This role has enabled Michael to gain an understanding of how trusts and trustees are required to operate. He has witnessed the significant disruption that our current housing laws can create, and the pressure the system faces in trying to deal with people facing being made homeless.
As the Squadron Commander of the Air Training Corps (ATC) in Winchester (which is a charity), Michael was also a member of a committee which supported the financial needs of the organisation.
Michael enjoys musical theatre and attends the Chichester Festival Theatre and the theatres in London. He also enjoys food and cooking and is developing an interest in wine and wine making.
Becca has a thorough understanding of charity governance having been a founding trustee of Dementia Support, a Chichester based charity focusing on those living with dementia. She was also instrumental in developing their volunteering policy and fundraising for capital projects. In addition she currently supports BEAT and during Covid volunteered for Sussex Community Health Foundation NHS Trust at the Chichester Mass Vaccination Centre, managing the volunteers during the weekends.
Becca is acutely aware of the factors impacting marginalisation in our community and the need to improve outcomes for homeless and vulnerable people.
Clare is still involved with Stonepillow fund raising, including sleeping out on 8 occasions at our annual “Big Sleep Out” raising significant amounts via sponsorship. T
Clare is Chair of Chichester District Council and Liberal Democrat district councillor for the West Ward of Chichester City.
She has also established and built up a property company, with a number of properties let to individuals who are supported by their care in the community business. She is aware of the challenges around housing, especially for those who have face more difficult circumstances and are trying to reintegrate into housing in the community.
Sue has undertaken a number of voluntary activities including being a Founding member of the Elizabeth Foundation which is now a registered charity for children who are deaf.
As a keen swimmer, Sue was a swimming teacher in her younger days. She has since helped fundraise for Bognor Regis Swimming Club and went on to become Safeguarding Officer at Bognor Regis Swimming Club. In 2006 she became Club Chair before stepping down in 2008 when she was awarded with a lifetime membership.
People are in a crisis in their lives. We need to facilitate and build. We have the ability to facilitate wrap-around support – a big hug of services.Stonepillow Client
Asking in Restore, the manager wrote down 22 names of volunteers who had gone into paid work or back into training in the space of a year.Stonepillow Client
Connection to community drives me.Stonepillow Client
People make Stonepillow. Everyone really cares.Stonepillow Client
Everyone is an activist against injustice. Every member of staff is an advocate. It was a real light bulb moment for me. It’s particularly powerful.Stonepillow Client