Our Steering Group meets quarterly to drive the strategic direction of the Frontline Network and oversee its activities.
It has four main goals:
- Shape the strategic direction and future of the Frontline Network
- Oversee and review the current activities of the Frontline Network
- Evaluate ideas submitted through the Ideas Board and decide which ideas to fund
- Provide a sounding board for new ideas and opportunities
Steering Group members
Tim Bissett – Charity Director, St Martin-in-the-Fields Charity
Jane Cookson – Support Worker (Rough Sleeper Team), Path
Jane’s worked as a frontline worker for over 20 years in various roles – starting in welfare benefits and moving into homelessness. She’s currently working with people who need assistance with sustaining their tenancies, whether that’s due to benefits, debt or health issues. Jane also helps people access a tenancy and provides support with setting up a new tenancy.
Sirea Jabar – Partnership and Training Officer, Target Housing
Sirea is Target’s Equality & Diversity Champion. She’s previously worked for Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council as a detached youth project manager, and for a domestic abuse organisation as a women’s refuge manager. Sirea has experience of working with a huge range of vulnerable individuals and communities.
Mark Pearce – Crisis Intervention Worker, Gofal
Mark supports people who are experiencing housing and mental health crises. He helps clients through the homelessness application route, finding and coordinating suitable housing options. He also acts as a broker between different services, ensuring that clients’ needs are addressed and enabling individuals to manage their housing and mental health situations in a positive way.
Ian Scott – Housing and Welfare Advisor, One Housing
Ian’s based in Lambeth hospital, working with clients with mental health issues and their families. He tries to help people leave hospital more quickly by providing support and advice on housing and welfare benefit issues. Ian also provides training on a range of issues, including tenancies, hoarding and financial safeguarding. He plays a key role in local networking.
Anna Suswillo – Homeless Link Representative
Anna is Homeless Link’s Partnership Manager for the South of England, and runs Communities of Practice for frontline workers. Anna previously worked in frontline roles herself; she remains committed to the wellbeing of frontline staff and is a keen advocate of Strengths Based Practice.
St Martin-in-the-Fields charity trustees
Caroline Wiertz – Professor of Marketing and Associate Dean for Entrepreneurship, Cass Business School
Helen Simpson – Director, Simpson and Associates
Natalie King and Amanda Bennett, who work on the Frontline Network, are also part of the Steering Group.