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.
Patrick is a lawyer who has spent his professional life within international, regulated infrastructure, banking, markets, data and benchmarking environments. He has advised in relation to legal, regulatory, compliance and corporate governance matters, and served as a Company Secretary to FCA and Bank of England regulated entities for over fifteen years.
Patrick was born in Custom House, educated at the Campion School in Hornchurch and read History at Cambridge University. He is a school governor and supporter of various voluntary and charitable initiatives in Essex and East London.
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 served as a trustee of both local and national charities, and is now retired but worked as interim Chief Executive and Operations Director at Caritas Anchor House from October 2017 until May 2018.
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.
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.
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.
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.