Our people

We believe that every person matters and people are at the heart of all we do at the Centre.

Our clients

Our clients guide everything we do. We’re here to help children, families and young people experiencing or at risk of homelessness, or clients who have urgent or acute needs that cannot be met elsewhere.

We value every person; this is central to our Benedictine ethos and our values. We seek to develop trusting relationships over time with our clients. We rely on them to help us improve and develop our services so we include our clients wherever possible in our work.

Our staff and volunteers

Our staff and volunteers are diverse in their backgrounds, and their skills and experience. Many have lived experience of the challenges our clients face.

We are proud of our warm welcome and our team's commitment to supporting disadvantaged people to escape cycle of poverty and homelessness.

A passionate team

"Every day at Cardinal Hume Centre brings unique challenges and opportunities to develop my professional knowledge and skill set. Working to help others realize their potential and find their place in our community, is more than a job - it is a passion shared by everyone in the Centre."

- Jeanita Snowden, Employment Specialist

Meet our senior management, trustees and patrons

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.

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.

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.

Susannah Davis

Head of HR

Susannah joined the Centre in June 2021 with responsibility for HR as well as overseeing volunteering, engagement and internal communications. Susannah comes from a management background and transition into HR, became a qualified Chartered FCIPD. She has worked at all levels in Human Resources Management. She has also worked in various sectors, including Local Authority and in the Charity sector most recently. Susannah has a pragmatic approach to delivering HR Strategies, she is passionate about training and development with the ability to empower staff to reach their full potential.

Suzanne Procter

Head of 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, and charities. 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.


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.

Amelia Fitzalan Howard

Andrew Rose

Bishop Nicholas Hudson

Heather Petch OBE

Mark Doran

Patrick Milner

Philomena Egan

Rebekah Etherington

Robert Arnott

Tim Walsh

William van Klaveren

Company Members

Bishop Nicholas Hudson

Cardinal Vincent Nichols

Catherine Hickman

Jocelyn Ridley

John Darley

John Gibbs

Nicholas Coulson

Philip Marsden

Patrons of the Centre

Baroness Kennedy of the Shaws QC

Cardinal Vincent Nichols

Field Marshal Lord Guthrie GCB LVO OBE DL

Fr Christopher Jamison OSB

Jeremy Paxman

The Most Honourable the Marquess of Lothian PC QC DL

The Rt Hon the Lord Browne of Ladyton

Vision, mission & values

Our vision, mission and values guide everything we do.

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Our history

For 35 years the Cardinal Hume Centre has been supporting local people.

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Our strategy & approach

We see the value in each individual and nurture potential.

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