National Advisory Council

The National Advisory Council is a forum where members help to shape our policy and campaigning work.

With member representatives across England, the NAC meets to share ideas and discuss the issues impacting on homelessness and our collective efforts to end it. The NAC works with Homeless Link to ensure our influencing work with government is informed by the experiences of members.

Tom Tallon, Cambridgeshire County Council

Tom Tallon is Project and Development Manager for Chronically Excluded Adults at Cambridgeshire County Council.

Irmani Smallwood, Look Ahead

Irmani re-joined Look Ahead in April 2016 as Director of Business Development and Innovation. She previously worked for them as Head of New Business. Irmani has worked for homelessness, mental health, learning disability, ex-offenders and care leavers organisations, in London and nationally, for 16 years.

Jackie Bliss, HARP (Homeless Action Resource Project) 

Jackie joined HARP in April 2018 as CEO having worked in the charity sector for the previous 18 years. HARP was founded in 2002 and has grown rapidly to become the largest agency in Southend tackling homelessness. HARP seeks to achieve its vision of ending rough sleeping in the town through a full range of services starting with eviction prevention, working through our emergency shelters and day centre, to a wide provision of supported accommodation, and now provides over 220 bed spaces every night.

Benn Kiley, A2 Dominion

Benn joined A2Dominion Group in 2004. A2Dominion’s Care and Support department deliver support and sheltered services to 1,546 service users with varying needs and manage 2,318 properties throughout the South East and London. Benn holds a remit with the Care and Support senior management team whilst also being directly responsible for Simon House, a large hostel in Oxfordshire.

Mike Barrett, Porchlight

Mike Joined Porchlight as CEO in 1999. He has worked in housing and social care for nearly 30 years within local authorities, a national supported housing association and the charity sector. Mike is a professionally qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Housing, a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) and a member of the UK Housing Panel.

James McDermott, Two Saints

James joined Two Saints in December 2002. He is a corporate member of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) with over 20 years experience in the sector. He has also had the opportunity to progress in several roles at Two Saints and has been a frontline project worker progressing to service and senior management roles.

Pat McArdle, Mayday Trust

Pat is the Chief Executive Officer of Mayday Trust. The Trust provides support to vulnerable adults across Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire. These include specialist schemes for people with mental health problems and learning difficulties. The main focus of their work is to provide independence through improved access to education, learning and employment, improved health outcomes and reducing reoffending.

Ben Keegan, Roundabout

Ben is the Project Director of Roundabout, a Sheffield based charity supporting and housing young people aged 16-25. Roundabout provides a Direct Access hostel, move on accommodation, floating support service and housing for 16 and 17-year-old care leavers and offenders.

Amanda Dubarry, Caritas Anchor House (Board representative)

Amanda joined homelessness charity, Caritas Anchor House as Chief Executive in March 2018. Caritas Anchor House’s driving mission is to ensure that those who walk through their doors grow in confidence and move towards leading independent, self-fulfilling lives by providing accommodation, education, guidance and personal rehabilitation.

Dominic Williamson, St Mungo's

Dominic joined St Mungo’s in January 2015 from Revolving Doors Agency where he was chief executive for five years. Prior to that he was director of policy, practice and campaigns at Homeless Link and had previously managed a range of frontline homelessness services run by Providence Row Housing Association, Shelter and St Mungo’s. 

Mark Grant, Action Homeless

Mark has worked in the homeless sector for 25 years. He was Chair of Action Homeless from 2009-2013, before applying for the post of CEO which he was appointed to in September 2013.

Becky Elton, Changing Lives

Becky is Changing Lives’ Director of Operations for housing, homelessness and recovery from addiction. Services in her remit include rough sleeper outreach, supported accommodation, including specialist services for women, young people and veterans, general needs housing and recovery centres. 

Cath Stamper, York Road Project 

Cath joined York Road Project as Chief Executive in 2012 and has led the organisation through a period of growth.  YRP provides direct access and move on accommodation, outreach team, day centre, wellbeing support and specialist support for ex-offenders.