Who we are

Our senior management, trustees and patrons.

Our Staff

Senior Management Team

George O’Neill, Chief Executive

George’s background is in communications.  He has held senior advisory and leadership roles in the homelessness sector, higher education and Government, where as a Senior Civil Servant he led Whitehall media and stakeholder teams.

Before his time at the Cardinal Hume Centre, George joined L’Arche, the international federation for people with learning disabilities.  He led its community in London where he helped stabilise its finances, develop its focus and led a significant capital fundraising campaign.  He is passionate about leading collaborative and values led teams.

Margaret Tierney, Director of Fundraising

Mags joined as Director of Fundraising in July 2017. She brings to the Centre 15 years of experience of voluntary sector management of staff and volunteers, raising funds across every income stream. Her personal passion is giving fresh chances for young people to thrive.

Her professional expertise is bringing people together to generate income and steward supporters over the long-term. She has raised funds for great causes from grassroots faith-based organisations like Youth Initiatives in Belfast, to Concern UK. A previous Trustee of the Institute of Fundraising (UK), she is committed to developing fundraising practice and talent.

Maureen Boughton, Human Resources Director

Maureen joined the Centre in February 2009 in the new post of HR Manager. Prior to that Maureen had worked in television production initially training at the BBC and undertaking a variety of production and management roles. On leaving the BBC she joined one of the UK’s most successful independent television producers, Tiger Aspect, where she worked for 17 years in various capacities, latterly as HR and Operations Director.

Hilary Nightingale, Head of  Families, Immigration, Employment & Learning

Hilary joined the Centre in 2007 and has had various roles, starting as Education, Training & Employment Manager, then becoming Manager of External Partnerships, and most recently, she also took on responsibility for Public Affairs. She has had a varied career, working in the corporate sector for over 10 years before moving into further education and then the voluntary sector, running a small charity for five years that provided learning opportunities to people with ill health and disabilities.  She has also worked as a research consultant for NIACE (now the Learning & Work Institute) and the Learning & Skills Development Agency. Hilary is a trustee of One Westminster, the charity supporting the voluntary and community sector and volunteering in Westminster.

David French, Director of Finance and Operations

David started at the Centre in April 2019 following a career in healthcare, which has taken him to three of the large London teaching trusts. Most recently he has been working as a business consultant on several healthcare projects across UK and Ireland, where he specialised in supporting the development of cardiovascular services. He also has long-standing association with the charity sector, including a senior finance role at the King Edward VII’s private hospital and is currently a trustee of two charities in North London. A graduate of the London School of Economics, he holds an MBA and is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Suzanne Procter, Head of Homeless Services for Young People

Suzanne has worked for 25 years in the supported housing and care sector working with people facing multiple disadvantage and those at the end of their lives. She has worked as a senior manager for both national and local housing associations, such as Riverside and Octavia, and national charities such as Keychange. She is passionate about empowering people who face disadvantage. She is currently a trustee of a charity she volunteered with, working to give street kids a home and a future in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

Louise Davies, Director of Services

Louise is responsible for the high quality delivery and impact of our services. She joined the Centre in 2020 building on a career in the education and charity sector serving disadvantaged children and families; most recently at Save the Children.

Louise has an ongoing passion for social justice and leadership that supports people to reach their potential. She is an RSA fellow.

Our Trustees

Robert Arnott

Robert Arnott – Chair
Dr Robert Arnott is the Director of Strategy, Social Mobility & Disadvantage at the Department for Education. Robert’s previous roles include: Director of Strategy and Transformation, Home Office; Director of Border and Immigration Systems, Home Office; Senior Policy Adviser on Home Affairs at the Cabinet Office; Head of Performance & Compliance for the Border & Immigration System; and Head of Value for Money at the Home Office. Robert joined the civil service in December 2001 following research fellowships in neurophysiology.

ameiliaAmelia Fitzalan Howard
Amelia spent the first part of her career in the art world at Christie’s before moving over to the voluntary sector in 1995 working for School-Home Support and becoming CEO in 1998.  Based in the East End of London, the charity supports children and their families to overcome barriers to learning. Amelia is now CEO of the Rayne Foundation, having been at the The Henry Smith Charity, a national UK grant maker as Head of Grants.  She also sits as a Magistrate in East London and past Trusteeships have included Andrews Charitable Trust, Basic Needs (supporting those with mental health issues in the developing world) and Impetus. Amelia is chair of the Centre’s Service Development Committee.

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Bishop Nicholas Hudson
Bishop Hudson was ordained Auxiliary Bishop for the Diocese of Westminster on 4th June 2014.  He is Titular Bishop of St Germans and is responsible for the pastoral care of various Deaneries in Central and East London.
Following studies at the Catholic University of Leuven in Religious Education and Catechesis, he was appointed Director of the Southwark Christian Education Centre in 1992.  In 2000 he was appointed Vice-Rector and in 2004 Rector of the Venerable English College, Rome, where he served until 2013. Immediately prior to his ordination as Bishop, he was parish priest of Sacred Heart in Wimbledon, the parish where he was baptised and later ordained.

PatrickPatrick Milner
Patrick is currently a Clerk in the House of Lords working on the Select Committee investigating the long-term sustainability of the NHS. Prior to this he worked on the European Union Committee and the Personal Service Companies Committee. Before working in Parliament, he undertook theological studies in Valladolid, Spain and at St Mary’s College Oscott in the West Midlands. He is a theology graduate of the University of Oxford and has been involved with a number of Catholic charities in the north of England.

Andrew Rose – Treasurer
Andrew worked as Finance Director of a number of small companies in the fuel and energy sector for 15 years before his retirement in 2016.  Prior to this he was an investment banker at a variety of firms including Societe Generale, ING Barings, James Capel and JP Morgan. Andrew went to Ampleforth College and then Cambridge University where he read Engineering. He chairs the Centre’s Finance and Risk Committees.

Heather_Petch_Trustee_PortraitHeather Petch OBE
Heather is an independent consultant with strategic development and interim management experience, working with organisations, individuals and teams across a range of issues and disciplines including housing policy and practice, anti-poverty and migration issues, strategic reviews, partnership building and networking.  She is also a part-time adviser to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) specifically on support routes out of destitution for migrants with no recourse to public funds.  After several years in a variety of roles engaged with social inclusion, welfare rights and regeneration, Heather was Director of HACT (the Housing Associations’ Charitable Trust) from 2000 to 2011.  Heather has also undertaken a number of voluntary roles serving as a panel member for the Homeless Transition Fund and NCVO.

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William is a graduate of Cambridge University. He spent most of his career managing companies throughout the European Union for Reckitt & Colman plc, later becoming a Regional Director, responsible for Latin America and a number of African countries. For a time, William was based in Mexico City where he was also President of the Mexican British Chamber of Commerce. On returning to the UK, William became a magistrate, worked as a mentor for the Prince’s Trust, and was a non-executive director of Europ Assistance UK. Prior to his appointment, William volunteered for three years in the Cardinal Hume Centre’s advice and assessment centre.

Philomena Egan
Phil studied at Digby Stuart College, now a constituent college of Roehampton University, where she gained both a degree in Theology and a teaching qualification. Since then, Phil has spent her entire professional career working in Catholic education, as a teacher and for the last 13 years as a head teacher of a school in North East London.

Rebekah Etherington
Rebekah is Group Head of Human Resources at Close Brothers, having previously been at Royal Bank of Scotland Group as Head of Human Resources for the banking and fixed income capital markets business in the Americas and Sempra Commodities Trading. Prior to that she worked at West LB, having started her professional career at Ernst and Young. Rebekah studied at King’s College London where she gained a Biochemistry degree, followed by an MSc in Human Resources Management from the University of Westminster. Rebekah acts as Chair of the Close Brothers Group Charity Committee and is chair of the Cardinal Hume Centre’s Personnel Committee.

Tim Walsh
Following a 25+ year career in economics, strategy, commercial and international  government affairs roles with Royal Mail and Pitney Bowes, Tim works as a consultant to the postal and ecommerce sector, globally. Dr Walsh supports postal operators, governments and international public agencies navigate market changes from both a strategy and policy perspective. Tim was a board member at St Mary’s University, Twickenham from 2006 – 2015. He is married with two children and lives in London.

Mark Doran
Mark Doran became the Director of Strategy at the Home Office in 2019, prior to which he was Programme Director for the UK’s Future Border and Immigration System. Other previous roles include Principal Private Secretary to the Chief Executive of the Civil Service, as Private Secretary to the Cabinet Secretary and to the Deputy Prime Minister, roles relating to local public services including a year at Manchester City Council, and as lead for the London leg of Pope Benedict’s visit in 2010. Mark joined the Civil Service after having studied Modern and Medieval Languages at Cambridge and, more recently, completed an Executive Masters in Public Policy at the London School of Economics. Mark has been involved with the Centre as a volunteer for over ten years and is also an active member of the Westminster Cathedral community.

Our Patrons

Patrons of the Centre

  • Cardinal Vincent Nichols
  • The Rt Hon the Lord Browne of Ladyton
  • Field Marshal Lord Guthrie GCB LVO OBE DL
  • Fr Christopher Jamison OSB
  • Baroness Kennedy of the Shaws QC
  • The Most Honourable The Marquess of Lothian PC QC DL
  • Jeremy Paxman

Company Members

  • Cardinal Vincent Nichols
  • Bishop Nicholas Hudson
  • Nicholas Coulson
  • John Darley
  • John Gibbs
  • Catherine Hickman
  • Philip Marsden
  • Jocelyn Ridley
  • Canon Christopher Tuckwell