Our steering group is made up of frontline workers from across the UK, staff and Charity trustees.
We meet two to three times a year to discuss the current activities of the Frontline Network and any plans for the future.
Our current steering group members are:
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.
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.
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.
Rowena Gregor - Case Manager, Arch Cymru
Rowena works as a Case Manager for ARCH Cymru. She works alongside the Criminal Justice System, inspiring and empowering recovery from substance misuse. As someone who has been homeless in her own past, she fully understands the difficulties and hardship faced by many just to obtain a safe and secure home. She will always go that 'extra mile' for her clients.
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.
Caroline Wiertz - Reader in Marketing at Cass Business School
Helen Simpson - Director, Simpson and Associates
Tim, Natalie and David, who work on the Frontline Network are also part of the steering group - you can find out more about them here.