Who we are

Our senior management, trustees and patrons.

Our Staff

Senior Management Team

George O’Neill, Chief Executive

Before becoming the Centre’s Chief Executive in July 2018, George worked as Director and Community Leader for L’Arche London, part of an international charity providing housing and support to adults with learning disabilities. He has previously held senior positions in higher education, national and local government and non-governmental organisations.


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.

Our Trustees

Robert Arnott

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.


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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.

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Caitlin Kennedy
Caitlin is Campaign and Engagement Lead at The Ditchley Foundation, having previously worked as a consultant for the Atlantic Institute in Oxford and Coram in London.  From 2013 to 2016 she was Deputy Director of The Prince’s Trust International, a new branch of the youth charity founded by HRH The Prince of Wales in 1976.  Before that she led the national events team at The Prince’s Trust, raising funds and awareness for its work with young people.  Prior to joining The Trust in 2003, Caitlin worked as a 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 and is also a trustee of the Alliance Française d’Oxford.


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 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.

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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.

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
  • Mick Buckley
  • Nicholas Coulson
  • John Darley
  • John Gibbs
  • Catherine Hickman
  • Philip Marsden
  • Jocelyn Ridley
  • Canon Christopher Tuckwell