Senior Management Team
Cathy Corcoran OBE, Chief Executive
Robert Arnott – Chair
Dr Robert Arnott is Director of Strategy and Transformation, Home Office. Previously, Robert was Director, 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.
Pippa is an HR professional with over 25 years of global experience including senior management/director roles for Cadbury Schweppes in the UK and overseas with the British Council. She has also worked both professionally and in volunteer roles in US, Russia and Asia. Since 2013 she has been Group HR Director for Bakkavor Group, a leading supplier of chilled food to major retail customers employing 19,000 people. Pippa has a BA in Psychology from University of Durham and a keen interest in employment issues, youth training and public/private sector partnership. Pippa is chair of the Centre’s Personnel Committee.
Amelia 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
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.
Caitlin is Deputy Director of The Prince’s Trust International, a new branch of the youth charity founded by HRH The Prince of Wales in 1976. Prior to joining The Trust in 2003, Caitlin worked as a freelance researcher and project manager for Visiting Arts and The British Museum and obtained an MA in Arts Policy and Management. Caitlin spent most of the 1990s working for the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, developing and delivering cultural policy and co-operation programmes with governments, artists and arts managers in Central and Eastern Europe. Caitlin is chair of the Centre’s Fundraising Committee
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.
Terry Philpot is a writer and journalist, whose work has appeared in many publications and he writes and reviews for The Tablet. He has written and edited reports on kinship care, private fostering and residential care for older people run by religious orders. His 19 books range from child sex offenders to adoption and his latest book is ‘Thirty-one London Cemeteries to Visit Before You Die’. As well as being a trustee of the Cardinal Hume Centre, he is also a trustee of Circles UK and the Centre for Policy on Ageing. He works as a volunteer for Human Writes and New Bridge.
Andrew Rose – Treasurer
Andrew is currently the CFO for Azonto Petroleum Ltd and has worked in this capacity in the fuel and energy sector since 2001. Prior to this he was an investment banker at Societe Generale, ING Barings, James Capel and JP Morgan and also had banking experience at County NatWest and Kleinwort Benson. Andrew went to Ampleforth College and then Cambridge University where he read Engineering. He took part in the Centre’s first CEO Sleepout in 2014 and is a chair of the Centre’s Finance and Risk Committee.
Heather 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.
Patrons of the Centre
- Cardinal Vincent Nichols
- Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor
- 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
- Cardinal Vincent Nichols
- Bishop Nicholas Hudson
- Mick Buckley
- Nicholas Coulson
- John Darley
- John Gibbs
- Catherine Hickman
- Philip Marsden
- Jocelyn Ridley
- Canon Christopher Tuckwell