Caritas Anchor House

Working at the heart of homelessness



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 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.

Michael Hodges

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 Townsend

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.



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