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Delivering our vision

Meet the Stonepillow team

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.

“They are amazing at what they do, and I’d hate to think what position I’d be in if this kind of help wasn’t available”

CEO

Hilary Bartle

Hilary has worked in and volunteered for over 40 years in the housing, health, and homelessness sectors. She has held senior roles within the Civil Service, Local Government and Charitable sector leading homeless, partnership and system change programmes across the country. Since her appointment as CEO of Stonepillow in 2018 she has built a network of strong collaborative partnerships which have enabled our services to expand and improve life chances for our clients.

‘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.’

Head of Finance

Tim O’Reilly

Tim gained a wealth of experience in the world of finance before joining Stonepillow in 2010; with a large housing association, as financial controller of a national lighting company with factories internationally, as Business Manager at a grant-maintained school and Accounts Manager for a data cabling company.

‘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.’

Head of Performance and Quality

Anja Lock

Anja has worked within the homelessness sector for 20 years; primarily in London as a manager of complex needs homeless services (specialising in exploited and trafficked women / young people gang involvement / homeless young people/ complex needs / Housing First). She had been with Centrepoint for 8 years as a senior operational manager before deciding to move back to her hometown of Chichester as the Covid lockdown began. She joined Stonepillow as the Head of Operations and has since moved directorates to become the Head of Performance and Quality.

"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".

Head of Social Enterprise and Retail

Andy Mitchell

Having been born into a Barnardo’s home in Norfolk, after a period in foster care Andy was adopted by loving parents and at the age of 18 fell into becoming an estate agent across the south of England. Finding himself at a crossroads, he joined a local charity working as Furniture Outlet manager for 5 years, before joining Stonepillow in early 2022.

‘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.’

Head of Fundraising and Communications

Debbie Jupe

Debbie worked for over a decade in publishing, developing and commissioning book proposals in the science and technology for a leading international publisher. She moved into the third sector in 2018, honing her writing and editing skills to win grant funding from trusts and foundations on a freelance basis for local charities in West Sussex and Hampshire. She joined Stonepillow on a permanent basis in 2020.

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.

Head of HR

Jane Summerfield

Jane has held senior HR leadership roles in large global organisations in a variety of sectors including insurance, retail, logistics and transportation. She joined Stonepillow in 2022.

‘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.’

Head of Operations

MW

Following voluntary time spent in Asia to develop and implement action in relation to children’s safeguarding, Monika’s career prior to joining Stonepillow included operational management within a not-for-profit organisation, providing support and accommodation for complex adults.

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.

Chair

Olivia Pinkney CBE QPM DL

Olivia Pinkney has been in policing since graduating from university with the last seven years as Chief Constable of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight constabulary leading a highly successful, complex, public-facing organisation of 5000 people, delivering and leading public service to two million residents, in partnership and with sound governance in place which led to high levels of public confidence in local police service.

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.

Vice Chair

Anthony Fawcett

After training as an engineer with Metal Box and at Nottingham University, Anthony Fawcett joined Price Waterhouse, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1973. He remained with Price Waterhouse until 1981, when he joined Barclays International to work in their Energy Finance Department. He was involved in financing oil and gas fields in the North Sea and Australia.

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!

Trustee

Philip Day

Phil joined in 2022 as our first trustee to have lived experience of homelessness. He has turned his life around with the support of Change Grow Live and the Stonepillow Recovery Service; and is now studying sociology at Chichester University, having graduated from Stonepillow and Chichester University’s partnership ‘Adversity to University’ bridging course. Phil says that the trustee role ‘has been an exciting opportunity to give back to the organisation that has supported me to steer my life in a new direction that was unimaginable before’.
Trustee

David Coulthard

David recently stepped down as Communar and Executive Director of Chichester Cathedral where he sat on many of the Cathedral committees including the Finance Committee and Fabric Advisory Committee, and served as Managing Director of Chichester Cathedral Enterprises Ltd. He also acted as the Clerk to the Trustees and Administrator of St Mary's Hospital, an almshouse charity in Chichester with which the Cathedral works closely.

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.

Trustee

Andrew Harrop

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Trustee

Shelagh J Legrave OBE DL

Shelagh Legrave has been a long serving board member, also chairing the board until stepping down in January 2023. She was appointed as Further Education Commissioner in 2021, having previously served as Chief Executive of Chichester College; a £60m General Further Education college group. Prior to working at Chichester, Shelagh spent five years as Director of Finance at Roehampton University, London and before that, eleven and a half years in the City of London with the investment banking arm of NatWest.

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.

Trustee

Peter Stevens

Peter Stevens is a founding Partner of Pure Employment, a niche employment law solicitor’s practice. Pure Employment Law has become the dominant employment law firm in Chichester since its creation in 2010. Prior to this Peter was a Partner and Head of Employment at Thomas Eggar LLP in Chichester from September 1990 to May 2010, joining as a trainee solicitor and working his way up to become the Head of Employment and Head of the Commercial Division, a Board position.

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.

Trustee

Michael Cullen

Michael is a solicitor and partner at Bennett Griffin Solicitors in Worthing having recently moved from Wannops in Chichester. Michael specialises in property litigation as well as trust and estate litigation helping individuals and families to resolve their disputes at critical moments in their lives and to address their problems through the use of the legal system whilst acting as a support to ensure that their aims, which often take time for them to decided, are met.

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.

Trustee

Rebecca Randell

Rebecca (Becca) Randall is currently employed as Children and Young People’s Mental Health Lead for Health Innovation Kent Surrey and Sussex. She has 25 years of experience of commissioning and contract management of health services across health and local authorities including commissioning mental health services for care leavers and unaccompanied asylum seeking children and young people and has commissioned substance misuse, CAMHS, maternity and employment services. In addition, Becca has managed large complex targeted mental health services.

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.

Trustee

Clare Apel

Clare has been a trustee of Stonepillow since 1997, including spending a number of years as Chair. Clare feels that it is an absolute basic human right that people should have a home. During the time she was Mayor of Chichester in 1996-97, she chose Stonepillow as her charity. Her ambition was to raise the £30,000 that was outstanding to pay off the debt on the original extension to St Joseph's, with the drive and help of an outstanding committee managed to raise £28,000.

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.

Trustee

Sue Newman

Qualified in Registered Mental Nursing, Sue has developed local business Ashton Care which runs two residential care homes, providing support to those with a mental health diagnosis, dementia and learning disabilities. As an ethical and responsible organisation, she also partnered with University of Chichester and Brighton University to help with the nursing degrees, often hosting placements with a mental health focus.

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.

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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.

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Connection to community drives me.

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People make Stonepillow. Everyone really cares.

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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.

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“I received warmth, food, showers, clothes, and a roof over my head without judgement. This saved my life