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 the law firm 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 is a past trustee and trustee of a number of charities including in the fields of education and social inclusion, including St Marys School, Career Academies UK, Mistley Maltings Trust, Brentwood Cathedral Choral Trust, Colchester and North East Essex Building Preservation Trust, and on the fundraising boards of Ampleforth College and Caritas Anchor House. 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 notable organisations including multinational professional services firm ARUP, leading global banking financial services firm BNP Parabis, and private banking and wealth management specialists, 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. Charles is also on the fundraising board of Caritas Anchor House.
Emma has over 14 years of 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.
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.
Caesar is an experienced facilitator and coach that specialises in social enterprise development. In the past, Caesar volunteered with organisations like Samaritans, Crisis and Only Connect.
Having previously worked for the Foundation of Social Entrepreneurs (UnLtd), she now focuses on enabling youth led impact ventures and the ecosystems of support that surround them. Caesar is passionate about community development, and brings knowledge and experience of how entrepreneurial approaches can be used to tackle social issues.
Andy's background is in education and social care, where he specialised in the delivery and management of services for young people experiencing disability and disadvantage. He spent over 20 years as Chief Executive of two young people's charities before taking up the same role for an older person's organisation.
He has spent a similar amount of time serving as a trustee of both local and national charities. He is retired but worked as interim Chief Executive and Operations Director at Caritas Anchor House from October 2017 until May 2018.
As a former corporate banking professional with a leading multinational financial services organisation, Michael has a wealth of financial expertise.
He is passionate about supporting community development, and is an active volunteer and Board member for numerous community organisations.
Fr Dominic Howarth
Fr Dominic Howarth has been a Catholic Priest for 15 years, serving in Basildon from 2009-2017. This time brought him into contact with a wide range of families, and included work with homeless people and refugees. He has worked extensively with children and young adults, including the development of young adult leaders, and is one of the founders of Flame - the largest UK Catholic youth conference.
Fr Dominic currently serves as the Episcopal Vicar for Pastoral Formation for the Diocese of Brentwood. He has a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Keble College, Oxford, and trained to be a priest in Rome, with a Masters’ Degree in Moral Theology from the Accademia Alfonsiana.
Sister Teresa-Ann Hughes CRSS
Sister Teresa-Ann is a registered general nurse with a diploma in Health Services Management. She is an immigration advisor registered with the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) and advises refugees and asylum seekers at the Notre Dame Refugee Centre in London. She is also a member of the Brentwood Diocese Working Party that is exploring possible collaborative responses to support refugees arriving and living in the area.
Sister Teresa-Ann's understanding of the varied needs and cultural issues facing the Caritas Anchor House client groups that we support has provided great strength when driving forward Caritas Anchor House’s programme content and operations.
Robert (Bob) has a wealth of experience in the finance sector. He spent a major part of his career in branch banking, holding roles including Senior Manager and Area Director. He was previously a Director of the Brentwood Enterprise Agency, has a keen interest in sport and is Treasurer of a local Old Boys Rugby Club.
Bob's experience in financial and asset management, procedure and practice, has meant that his knowledge in these areas has helped drive Caritas Anchor House towards significant efficiency and strategic gain.
Sarah has worked as Chief Executive of Open Road, a charity working with people with addictions and their families for over 25 years. The charity is based in Essex with projects in Norfolk, Suffolk and Kent.
Prior to this, Sarah worked in acute services in the NHS, and in sales and marketing across Europe. Outside of work commitments, she is a keen gardener, enjoys various sports and looks after numerous animals at her home in Essex.