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Steering group

Steering group

Steering group

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

Frontline workers

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.

Mark Pearce – Crisis Intervention Worker, Platfform

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.

Ian Southall-Payne - Rough Sleeper Initiative Project Worker

Ian has worked for various organisations in Leicestershire over the last 5 years in a frontline role with people who are rough sleeping or living in temporary accommodation (following 23 years supporting looked after children). For the last Year he had been working for Action Homeless in Leicester supporting people who have experienced long term rough sleeping to access shared accommodation in a Housing First project run through the Rough Sleepers project. Ian is also part of a pilot with Action Homeless working from a strengths based perspective with people.

Ed Hodson – Research & Campaigns Coordinator, Coventry Citizens Advice

Ed has spent nearly 10 years with Coventry Citizens Advice (CCA), first as a front line outreach adviser and then as a research and campaigns officer; the last three as Research and Campaigns Co-ordinator. He also manages the Front Line Network partnership in Coventry. His ‘day job’ centres on identifying emerging evidence and trends across a wide range of social policy issues and then acting with decision-makers to effect change.

St Martin-in-the-Fields charity trustees

Caroline Wiertz – Professor of Marketing and the Associate Dean for Entrepreneurship at the Business School (formerly Cass) of City, University of London.

Caroline is an expert in consumer research, digital, and social media marketing. She teaches these topics in addition to Critical Thinking on the Business School's flagship programmes. In her role as Associate Dean for Entrepreneurship, she looks after City Ventures, the umbrella organisation that develops and delivers all of the university's entrepreneurship activities.

Helen Simpson – Director, Simpson and Associates

Staff (Secretariat)

Natalie King and Amanda Bennett, who work on the Frontline Network, are also part of the Steering Group.