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 joining the Cardinal Hume Centre as its Chief Executive in 2018, George worked as Director and Community leader for L’Arche London, part of an international charity providing housing and support to people with learning disabilities. He helped stabilise its finances, develop its focus and led a significant capital fundraising campaign. Prior to that George worked in communications. He held senior advisory and leadership roles in the homelessness sector, higher education and Government, where as a Senior Civil Servant he was a Government press advisor and led Whitehall media staff. He is passionate about leading collaborative, and values-led teams.

Edward Emond

Head of Advice

Ed is responsible for the delivery of our range of advice services, supporting the teams to continue to deliver and grow our high quality advice and support for families and young people across Westminster. He joined the centre in 2023 having worked for a variety of charities in the youth and mental health sector. Ed has a strong interest in developing services through empowering people with lived experience to have a meaningful voice in their design.

Helen Finely

Director of Finance and Operations

Helen joined the Centre in April 2022 initially responsible for Finance and Operations but has also assumed responsibility for Human Resources. Before joining the Centre Helen worked as CFO at a research institute and prior to that held senior positions in various financial institutions. Helen is a Chartered Accountant with more than 20 years experience of delivering change and building and managing teams across a range of sectors. She has a strong focus on staff management, engagement and enjoyment at work and sees this as being important to long-term success.

Karen Davey

Head of Service Development

Karen joined the Centre in 2023 and oversees the work of the Family Services team and the Young Person’s Supported Accommodation. Karen is an experienced leader in the field of housing and homelessness who is passionate about developing services for people affected by poverty the housing crisis. Before joining the Cardinal Hume Centre, Karen was the Strategic Lead for Shelter in London, and is currently the Chair of Trustees for the Hackney Playbus, a small charity dedicated to bringing play opportunities and support to families who need it the most.


Mark Hoban – Chair

Mark Hoban is an experienced chair in the financial services sector. He works at the intersection of business, public policy and regulation. He currently chairs Pay.UK which operates the UK’s main inter-bank payment systems and the Financial Services Skills Commission which fosters co-operation between firms within the sector to reskill their staff. He has recently retired as chair of Flood Re and the Jersey Financial Services Commission. He has an inclusive approach to building teams and ensures organisations remain true to their purpose.  

Between 2001 and 2015, he was the Member of Parliament for Fareham. He was a government minister between 2010 and 2013. It was whilst as a minister at the Department for Work and Pensions that he first visited the Centre because of his interest in our work in helping people back into work. This was the start of a lasting connection with the Centre. He was co-opted onto the Finance and Risk Committees and became the Centre’s Chair in January 2024.  

As a local resident, he understands the need for an early, preventative approach to tackling the deep-seated issue of homelessness in London. 

Andrew Rose – Treasurer
Anu Aina
Bishop Nicholas Hudson
Clea Harmer
Mark Doran
Philomena Egan
Rebekah Etherington
Samanthi Flanagan
Simon Enright
Tim Walsh
Victoria McGuire

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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