Andrew Mitchell – Head of Fundraising
I have a background in the arts and began my career as a signed and published musician. I went on to run several businesses and was then appointed Director of Southwark Arts Forum. I set up my own organisational development and fundraising consultancy, before joining the 999 Club as Head of Fundraising. Working in the homeless sector has opened up a whole new world to me that hitherto was mostly hidden.
Louisa Snow – Homeless Support Team Manager
I studied sociology for a BA and an MA at Goldsmiths College, London University. I followed this with a PhD in Forensic Psychology at the University of Kent. Before coming to the 999 Club, I worked for the Prison Service where I focused on women in prison, and in particular on the issue of suicide among women in prison.
Alison Harrison – Advice & Support Manager
I have been a local resident for 40 years. I’ve seen a lot of changes in Deptford but one thing that hasn’t changed is the number of people on the streets.
Before coming to the 999 Club I was director for four years with a mentoring charity based in Deptford Green School. I have been with the 999 Club for eight years as an adviser. The work can be very challenging but resolving people’s problems is rewarding.
Zisca Burton – Learning & Activities Coordinator
I was born and raised in Cambridge and have lived in Dominica, Ghana and America, where I completed my BA and MA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I worked in America as a University Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Director of English Composition at the University of Miami. I enjoy learning and appreciate the role of compassion in teaching.
Gerry Donnelly – Gateway Centre Team Leader
I have been working in the homelessness sector since 1989, when I volunteered in a direct access hostel. I went on to work with elderly people who had mental health problems; with young homeless people, and with adults with complex support needs – MH / alcohol & substance misuse / history of offending. As well as managing hostels, I have also run a MH outreach service. I run two blogs – a very eclectic History one, and another about a well-known TV character who travels around in a Police Box. Guess Who?
Fred Marquis – Finance Manager
I started working in finance in the 1980s. I qualified as an AAT (Association for Accounting Technician) and am currently studying to gain ACCA (Association for Chartered & Certificated Accountancy) qualifications. I have dedicated my time to being a school governor and charity trustee. I am passionate and committed to my career, family and helping others in the communities where I live and work.
Sophie Rae – Gateway Centre Project Worker
My background is working with women who have been involved with the Criminal Justice system. Most recently I working in HMP Holloway as a Through the Gate Worker with Women in Prison. I worked with women just prior to their release from custody, offering support with areas of need such as housing, employment, education and substance misuse. I’m passionate about supporting marginalised individuals and campaigning for social change.
Megan Toogood – Communications Officer
I’ve been in communications for about nine years, and have worked mostly in publishing. The issues that surround homelessness are extremely complex and I enjoy telling the story of the people we help, the way we do it, and how wider political and social policy initiatives impact the lives of homeless people. I’ve volunteered with the National Literacy Trust and as a school reading volunteer, because everyone should be able to escape into a good book.
Leon Miles – Night Shelter Project Worker
After a degree in Youth and Community Work at Goldsmiths I worked for different organisations, including ten years in the Probation Service. I have a diploma in the Psychology of Criminal Behaviour. I’m interested in what makes people behave in an antisocial manner, it’s the first step to supporting them. I’ve lived in South East London for most of my life and always volunteered. That volunteering drew me towards working with homeless people, offering support and advice to empower them, so they can make informed choices and improve their quality of life.
Elisa Smith – Fundraising Officer
Before joining the 999 Club, I worked at not-for-profit health body ukactive where I led the delivery and growth of ukactive events and prior to that its Health and Wellbeing programme. I have voluntary experience of supporting women affected by sex work in Nottingham and am extremely passionate about innovative support services for people facing marginalisation and multiple disadvantages. It was this passion plus the 999 Club’s client-centred approach and commitment to continuous development that attracted me to join the team.
Dahlia Parkinson – Employability Co-ordinator
As a member of the Career Development Institute, I am passionate about enabling people to discover, develop and realise their potential. I enjoy making the recruitment process more accessible to people who previously lacked the confidence or the skills to engage in it successfully. In recent years I have been a recruitment consultant and HR manager. These roles have helped me develop the knowledge and experience to assist jobseekers in gaining a valuable and realistic understanding of the recruitment process from the employer’s perspective.
Shasa McCarogher – Facilities & Office Support
I obtained my BA in Politics and International Relations from the University of Greenwich before moving on to do my MSc in International Security and Global Governance at the University of London. Having previously worked for an international aid and development charity, I was very excited to move into the homelessness sector and I believe that the work that the 999 Club does is both remarkable and very rewarding.
Rachel Allen-Lowton – Asset Coach
I grew up in Lewisham, studied Applied Social Science, Community Development and Youth Work at Goldsmiths and have worked in the voluntary sector at local and national levels. I have been a trustee and have experience in developing employability skills, quality assurance, training and development, coaching and mentoring. I am excited to be delivering the Mayday Inspire pilot project, for 999 Club, to change the conversation around individuals who need support, so we start recognising and working with their strengths, not their difficulties and challenges.
Jeremy Withers Green (Chairman)
Most of my career was spent at Cazenove. Since retiring from the City in 2011, I have worked with various charities. As well as my work with the 999 Club, I’m also a director of the Cazenove Association; a trustee at Friends of the Elderly, a charity helping the elderly lead fulfilling lives, and a consultant to the Haller Foundation, a Mombasa-based organisation that helps local communities from subsistence to sustainability.
I am an experienced management accountant, having spent 25 years in the chemical industry in senior management positions. Following my time in the private sector I moved to working with charities. I have 20 years experience of charity governance, for both small and large charities, in several different sectors.
I am the People Director at the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, responsible for 13,000 staff and volunteers. Before that I was HR Director for Job Centre Plus, worked in Nat West and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. I also ran Capital One’s Global Leadership Development program. For many years I sat on the Crisis at Christmas Steering Group and managed the Crisis day centre in Lewisham.
I have been a Chartered Accountant since 1983 and have held senior finance and general management positions primarily within the housebuilding sector. I retired from full-time employment in December 2014 but I remain a non-executive director of the Home Builders Federation and have other consultancy roles within the sector. The 999 Club operates in an area close to where my father was brought up and near to where I was born; I would like to contribute to helping homeless people secure a better future for themselves.
I am Director of Agenda, the alliance for women and girls at risk. I have 15 years’ experience working across policy, campaigns, public affairs and parliament. I am an expert in social policy and have a track record of influencing the policy, political and media agendas and bringing about policy change for marginalised groups. Before joining Agenda, I led the Policy & Campaign team at Crisis. I have written extensively on issues around social exclusion including for the Guardian, Telegraph and New Statesman.