Aims and Objectives
The aim of the Steering Group is to drive the strategic direction of the Frontline Network and to oversee its activities. It meets quarterly.Steering Group members:
• Shape the strategic direction, and future, of Frontline Network
• Oversee and review the current activities of the Frontline Network
• Evaluate Ideas submitted through the Ideas Board and decide which Ideas will be funded
• Contribute content to the Frontline Network website – news and views, ideas, events, resources, and Forum, and
• Shape the Frontline Network Annual Conference
Our current steering group members are:
Tim Bissett - Charity Director, St Martin-in-the-Fields Charity
Jane Cookson - Support Worker (Rough Sleeper Team), Path
Jane has worked as a frontline worker for the past 24 years in various roles, first in welfare benefits and then in homelessness. She is currently working with people who need assistance with sustaining their tenancies - whether due to benefits, debt or health issues. Jane also helps people access a tenancy and provides support with setting up a new tenancy.
Sirea Jabar - Partnership and Training Officer, Target Housing
Sirea currently works for Target Housing as the Partnership and Training Officer, and she is also the Equality & Diversity Champion for Target. She has previously worked for Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council as a detached youth project manager, and for a domestic abuse organisation as a women’s refuge manager. Sirea has experience of working with a wide range of vulnerable individuals and communities.
Oscar del Rio - Senior keyworker, Edinburgh Cyrenians
Oscar has been working as a frontline worker with vulnerable populations, mainly in mental health and homelessness, for the last 17 years. He is am currently working as an outreach worker for Edinburgh Cyrenians, supporting homeless people facing severe and multiple disadvantages.
Paul Symonds - Night Centre Manager, Connection at St Martin's
Paul has worked in the sector for almost thirty years primarily in Westminster supporting rough sleepers. His experience covers working in supported housing and hostel management supporting clients with high complex needs. Paul’s current role is managing the Night Centre at the Connection at St Martins providing emergency accommodation to forty five homeless men and women whilst more secure housing can be arranged.
Mark Pearce - Crisis Intervention Worker, Gofal
Mark is a Crisis Intervention Worker who supports individuals who are at the point housing and mental health crisis. He supports clients through the homelessness application route, helping to identify and coordinate suitable housing options. He also acts as a broker between different services, ensuring that needs are appropriately addressed and enabling individuals to positively manage their housing and mental health crises.
Ian Scott - Housing and Welfare Advisor, One Housing
Ian is based in Lambeth hospital, working with clients with mental health issues and their families. He works to try and reduce delays in discharge by providing support and advice with housing and welfare benefit issues. Ian also provides training on a range of issues including tenancies, hoarding and financial safeguarding. He also plays a key role in local networking.
Adam Stephenson - Practitioner and PhD Researcher, Heriot Watt University
Adam is a researcher and practitioner. He is currently completing his PhD comparing local homelessness systems in London; that will contribute to our understanding of homelessness policy and implementation. He was previously Single Homelessness Project Coordinator in Harrow. The project improved outcomes for single people and rough sleepers.
Anna Suswillo - Homeless Link Representative
Anna is Homeless Link’s Partnership Manager for the South of England, and runs Communities of Practice for frontline workers. Anna previously worked in frontline roles herself; she remains committed to the wellbeing of frontline staff and is a keen advocate of Strengths Based Practice.
St Martin-in-the-Fields Charity Trustees:
Caroline Wiertz - Professor of Marketing and Associate Dean for Entrepreneurship, Cass Business School
Helen Simpson - Director, Simpson and Associates
Natalie King and Amanda Bennett, who work on the Frontline Network, are also part of the steering group and you can find out more about them here.