Senior Management Team
Amanda Dubarry - Chief Executive
Amanda joined Caritas Anchor House as Chief Executive in March 2018. She had previously worked at a youth homelessness charity for 22 years, where she was CEO and largely responsible for the diversification and growth of the charity, from its grass roots beginning to now operating across five counties.
Amanda is a Homeless Link Board Member, and is Chair of both their National Advisory Panel and Ending Women's Homelessness Grants Panel. She has held a number of other trustee and committee roles at both national and local level in the health and housing sectors.
She is passionate about making a difference and developing excellent services to achieve meaningful outcomes for service users, and her work has been award-winning in this respect.
Craig Hardaker - Director of People
Craig joined the team as Director of People in June 2020. He started his HR career in 2006 with significant experience in change programmes and people development. Craig has previously worked in charities that focused on mental health, breast cancer, learning disabilities and housing for older people which is where he developed his passion for values-based approaches to recruiting, managing and developing people.
Craig has a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resources Management and is a Registered Qualified Test User with the British Psychological Society. He is also a Chartered Member of the CIPD.
His role at Caritas Anchor House will see him lead the work as Director of People and promoting the organisational values and its culture.
John Lowery - Director of Frontline Services
John joined Caritas Anchor House as Director of Frontline Services in October 2018.
He started working in the homelessness sector in 1984, in day centres and small charities, and went on to deliver high quality housing support and social care services to vulnerable individuals, as Head of Client Services for a housing association across London and the South East.
For 18 years he worked for a crime reduction charity, including a time as Assistant Director. This reflects his interest in criminal justice which also includes having a MA in Criminology and being a member of the Essex Probation Board in 2000’s. John has recently become a mentor as part of Housing Diversity Network’s Mentoring Programme.
Siva Selliah - Director of Finance
Siva joined our team in June 2018. Having worked in finance for over 20 years, and in several housing associations along the way, Siva has comprehensive experience and passion for his work. His previous role was with a primary care organisation caring for NHS patients across London, where he acted as Finance Controller for four years.
He has also worked for small charities providing housing and support for people experiencing homelessness, learning difficulties or mental health problems.
At Caritas Anchor House, Siva leads our finance function, which encompasses the coordination of our resident’s personal finances, including housing benefit, alongside the income and outcome streams of our organisation overall.
The Trustees of Caritas Anchor House oversee the governance and strategic direction of the charity and support us to achieve our aims.
SIMON HALL MBE - CHAIR OF TRUSTEES
Simon was educated at Ampleforth College and St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge. He qualified as a solicitor in 1979, was Partner with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer from 1985 to 2014 and seconded to the NY law firm Cravath Swaine & Moore 1983-1984. He was head of Freshfields Finance Practice, sat on the Partnership Council and was head of their global corporate responsibility programmes.
Simon was and is a trustee of a number of charities, mainly in the fields of education and social inclusion, including St Mary's School, Career Academies UK, Mistley Maltings Trust, Brentwood Cathedral Choral Trust, Colchester and North East Essex Building Preservation Trust, and the fundraising board of Ampleforth College. Simon was awarded an MBE in 2006.
CHARLES ABEL SMITH
Charles has extensive international experience of developing innovative funding and managing infrastructure-related investment across the public and private sectors. Charles has held and holds a number of directorships with organisations including ARUP, BNP Parabis, and Kleinwort Benson. Charles has worked with the UK Government to develop investment opportunities within the energy efficiency markets and is now Director of Energy Efficiency with the UK Green Investment Bank.
Charles was a Non-Executive Director of the North Essex Partnership NHS Trust for seven years, with particular focus on the development of the trust’s estate. He has an MA from Cambridge University.
Emma has over 14 years management consulting experience, working closely with public and private organisations to design and deliver business transformations to create sustainable benefits. She is known for bringing energy, structure and tailored solutions to complex challenges to create opportunities for successful growth strategies.
Emma is passionate about working and volunteering with socially orientated organisations to help maximise their positive societal impact. She brings; strategy development and planning, risk management, portfolio management, stakeholder management and change management expertise to Caritas Anchor House.
Des grew up locally to Caritas Anchor House, in the East End, and spent 27 years working for the Metropolitan Police, rising from officer to superintendent.
He has since thought back to thoughts of becoming a priest when he was aged 18, and recently completed three years training before being ordained a permanent deacon in 2019. He is now parish deacon at Stansted Mountfitchet in Essex, part of the Diocese of Brentwood.
Emer has a BA in Politics and Philosophy from University College Dublin and an MSc in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics. Emer qualified as a solicitor in 2010 and worked as a corporate M&A lawyer at the US law firm, White & Case LLP, in the city of London.
Since January 2017, Emer has been in-house legal counsel at Close Brothers Group plc, a FTSE 250 bank, and advises across a broad range of legal matters.
Cate is an experienced brand and marketing leader in the charity and corporate sectors. She is passionate about storytelling and putting supporters at the heart of charity communications to inspire loyalty and action. Most recently, Cate was Executive Director of Marketing and Communications at NCT Charity, and has previously worked at Marie Curie UK and Shelter.
Homelessness is a cause very close to Cate’s heart, and she is delighted to be a Trustee for a charity providing accommodation and support so that people can rebuild their lives.
Graeme has wide-ranging financial services experience together with leadership skills. He is currently the Head of Transformation at the Financial Conduct Authority, and on joining Caritas Anchor House's Board, has taken on the role of Chair of the Financial, Risk and Governance Committee.
Through his professional life and volunteering, he has appreciation for the challenge faced by the most vulnerable people in our community. He is hugely motivated to assist Caritas Anchor House in its efforts to address homelessness in Newham, where the need is so great.
Laura is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries with experience in a variety of actuarial roles within the insurance sector focusing on enterprise risk management and financial assessments. She has also volunteered within her profession for a number of years in multiple positions. Laura is passionate about social, health and environmental issues and using her professional experience for community benefit.
Anil has over 20 years of experience building software solutions for global technology companies and investment banks. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst, with expertise in algorithmic trading of financial products. Anil is passionate about education and its contribution to social mobility. He is committed to helping charities with his expertise in finance and technology.
Matthew is a lawyer whose practice areas include human rights and immigration law. He has extensive experience in both private and commercial matters, and has supported a number of high-profile companies though compliance, in particular with regards to the illegal working legislation and civil penalty notices.
He also undertakes a range of extra-curricular activity including pro-bono work, and has worked with Citizens Advice in Southend on Sea for several years providing immigration advice.
Joseph is a born and raised East Londoner. He has gained over 22 years working experience in various sectors ranging from retail, postal service, hospitality, private security and more recently social housing. Working for a G15 Housing Association, he brings to Caritas Anchor House his knowledge of the responsibility for the management of building safety for residential buildings within diverse communities across Greater London. Through this work, he has gained an in-depth understanding of building safety compliance and resident engagement.
He also has extensive experience in employment law through his trade union and political work in promoting fair working rights for wide ranging demographics.