safety, security,
comfort and companionship

- for life

Our People

Patrons

Nigel Planer

Nigel’s been an actor, singer and writer since he started in the early 80s as an original member of the Comedy Store and Comic Strip clubs. He played Neil in the Young Ones and has gone on to star in many other TV and theatre productions. He is very aware of the need for long term housing for the long term mentally ill, who are currently let down by the insecurity of the temporary support system. Author of  ‘A Good Enough Dad’, and ‘Therapy and How to Avoid It ’, he is proud to be a patron of Hammersley Homes.

David Gower OBE

English cricket commentator and former cricketer David Gower, was captain of the England cricket team during the 1980s, and has been described as one of the most stylish left-handed batsmen of his era. "I’m proud to be able to support Hammersley Homes - it is just so vitally important that the most vulnerable people in our society are able to know that they have a secure place to call home.”

John Illsley

“I am a founder member of the band Dire Straits and honoured to support and be a Patron of Hammersley Homes, which I’m sure will be an invaluable resource in helping people in later life deal with mental illness”

Kit Kemp MBE

As a co-owner and Creative Director of Firmdale Hotels, Kit is passionate about creating exciting and unique interiors. She is an author, successful textiles, homewares & fragrance designer and respected champion of British art.

Vanessa Branson

Vanessa Branson is a champion of global cultural and ecological initiatives and is frequently sought after as a keynote speaker and event chair.
As the Founding President of the Marrakech Biennale, she created North Africa’s only trilingual arts festival – comprising visual art, literature and film programs featuring acclaimed international and Moroccan artists.
In October 2014, Vanessa Branson was awarded the Royal distinction of Officer of the Order of Ouissam Alaouite, a Royal honour is in recognition of the contribution she has made to the Moroccan cultural scene and, in particular, for her efforts in establishing Marrakech as a richly diverse and eclectic platform for the arts.
Prior to this, between 1999 and 2004, she was co-founding curator with Prue O'Day of the Wonderful Fund Collection. Her other cultural projects have included the establishment and co-direction – along with Prue O’Day and Anatol Orient – of the Portobello Arts Festivals in 1987, 1988 and 1989.
Active as an entrepreneur, she founded the Vanessa Devereux Gallery (1986–91) in London, where she showed a number of emerging artists including William Kentridge’s UK debut exhibition.
In 2002, along with her business partner Howell James CBE, she developed an ancient crumbling palace in the centre of Marrakech into a beautiful boutique hotel - El Fenn.
She owns and runs Eilean Shona, a tidal island on the west coast of Scotland at the entrance to Loch Moidart where J M Barrie wrote the screenplay for Peter Pan.
She is a trustee of the British Moroccan Society and The Leilea Alaoui Foundation, as well as a trustee for Virgin Unite.
Her memoir One Hundred Summers was published on 21 May 2020.
She believes in a fairer world and is pleased to support the work of Hammersley Homes.

Trustees

Our trustees are currently the charity’s managing team, running the strategic development and the organisation on a day-to-day basis, supported by our fantastic team of volunteers.

Louise Hallett

Louise Hallett​

Founder, Chair and CEO

Louise has, for many years, felt passionately about care and housing for adults suffering from mental illness, and has long wanted to do something about providing an alternative to “care in the community” for this vulnerable sector. Recently retired from 45 years working in various areas of the International Contemporary Art World, she, together with her fellow Trustees, is now directing her energy towards building and developing Hammersley Homes.

Jeremy North

Having recently sold his well known Landscape business, Jeremy brings his valuable entrepreneurial skills to Hammersley Homes. He is a welcome member of our Board of Trustees, particularly with his keen determination to work to find a way to keep adults suffering from mental ill-health safe from offending and out of prison – which is one of our top priority aims.

Lizzie Grant

Following a career in advertising and several years as a Complementary Therapist and Life Coach, Lizzie is now able to spend more time volunteering in her community.Through her work with young offenders and the homeless, she experiences at first hand the effect mental health issues have on these vulnerable members of our society and is delighted to join the Board of Trustees of Hammersley Homes to help them with their very important mission.

Jeremy Goddard

Jerry has spent most of his career working in risk management in financial services. An accountant, he hopes to bring business planning skills to the board along with an understanding of all things risk. A keen supporter of mental health, Jerry once cycled from Lands End to John O’Groats solo to raise money for a related charity, he is committed to seeing Hammersley succeed in their goals.

Harriet Evans

Harriet Evans

Harriet is a trained journalist and communications professional, most recently leading the engineering communications strategy for an automotive company. After taking a career break in 2020, she has since completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Law, with a view to working towards tackling social injustice and making the law more accessible to vulnerable groups. Harriet is keen to bring her experience to Hammersley Homes at this exciting time for the charity, helping to fulfil the vision of offering support, comfort and hope for people living with enduring mental illness, and their families.

Sue Gray

Sue has had a long career in the health and social care sector, originally working as a nurse for the NHS in various clinical roles and later in management positions in the private sector. Being passionate about the quality aspects of care delivery she has been involved in the introduction of clinical governance systems in both the UK and overseas.Her most recent work included providing domiciliary care services to people in their own homes which made her more acutely aware of the inadequate support available to people with long term mental health issues. She hopes her past experience will help Hammersley Homes develop their support network for these people, to enable them to live safe and secure lives.

ADVISORY BOARD

Natalia Kolotneva

Natalia is an experienced real estate professional with a strong track record in investment and asset management, previously working in leadership positions across public and private sectors. She is currently driving the performance of a specialist asset management team at LaSalle Investment Management within operational sectors, including housing, student accommodation, healthcare and hospitality. Built environment is an ultimate impact asset class that shapes people’s lives and the livelihood of its community. With keen interest in finding innovative housing solutions for vulnerable people in our communities, Natalia serves as an Advisor to the Board in its ambitious growth plans. She brings commercial mind and charitable heart.

Susan Pearson

Susan Pearson

Susan is a real estate lawyer who has spent many years assisting charitable organisations in their property transactions, combining her commercial property expertise with her knowledge of charity law. She has for many years been a trustee for a charity which supports people with learning disabilities and their families. Susan wants to use her knowledge and experience to help and support Hammersley Homes in her role as an Advisor to the Board.

Tatyana Ignatyeva

Tatyana Ignatyeva is the Managing Director (CEO) of TSI Group in London UK. Tatyana has two decades of experience in the acquisition, development, investment and exit of real-estate investments. She currently spearheads a number of special purpose and acquisition vehicles with over two dozen of investments and completed exits, and $100m of successful projects in the UK, Central and Southern Europe. Prior to founding her real estate, advisory and investment firm, Tatyana worked at a Mayfair-based 1bn+ Hedge Fund (Argo Capital Management) for over 10 years. Tatyana achieved registered and regulated FCA status having qualified with the Investment Managers Certificate of the CFA UK and received the ESG training from CFA. As an entrepreneurial leader and astute investor, she latterly completed the world-class Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), multi-modular programme in Real Estate Finance and Investments.

Judith Richards

After a 30 year career as a producer in documentaries and drama in television and film, Judith moved to working in the Third Sector. After roles including event management and consultancy for various charities, she went on to work as a Project Manager with the National Mental Health Development Unit Acute Care programme.She also worked with the London Development Centre Mental Unit where she was the project lead for implementing Mental Health projects in four Mental Health Trusts in London. While working as a project manager for a Westminster Carers support charity Judith employed her experience of raising finance and managing budgets in film and television to secure £250,000 in National Lottery funding for the project. She fully supports Hammersley Homes and the wonderful work they are doing, and is excited to bring her skills, knowledge and experience to work with them and develop their much needed project.

Laura Pemberton

Laura Pemberton

At 18 I found a passion for mental health nursing, qualified as a mental health nurse and now, many years on, work as a Divisional Director of Nursing and Allied Health Professionals in the NHS.

My greatest passion is to deliver care in a compassionate, caring and human way. That we build communities of openness and support for all the diverse people we are connected with. This applies to every area of life and to all the people involved in the exchanges of support.

Complexity and challenge exists everywhere and thriving in the middle of that is important for us all. Anyone can be affected by many issues that cause illness or need.

The experience and expertise I hold is in many facets of NHS care, networks, strategy and relationships. This is transferable from individuals to large systems - finding a way to solve problems and create supportive connections for people to thrive. Hammersley Homes’s project deeply resonates with me and I am pleased to be able to support them in their valuable work.

Ambassadors

April Edwards

April Edwards

Years of witnessing the inadequacy of long term support for sufferers of mental illness has encouraged April’s strong desire to do what she can to help fight for change. She is one of our most enthusiastic and dedicated fundraisers and brings her charm and charisma to our project, helping to spread the word about our aims, and always working to banish the stigma.

Amanda Mann

Amanda Mann is an entrepreneur who is involved in real estate management projects and recently introduced a new line of food “Mann’s Cookies” to the confectionary market. Amanda will bring her special skills of leadership and knowledge of mental health to our work. Amanda is blessed with a charismatic, magnetic personality and she will add her own special brand of energy and excitement to all our endeavors.

Staff

Crystal Bloomfield

Crystal Bloomfield

Outreach Programme Manager


I have always had a genuine interest in helping people. I work with a person-centred approach to meet the needs, wishes, values, beliefs and preferences of individuals. I am motivated to make a positive change in the lives of vulnerable people through support, advice, empowerment, communication and listening. I have experience of supporting people living with mental health challenges, learning difficulties and physical disabilities. The Hammersley Homes Home Visits Support Programme is an amazing scheme and I am proud to be part of it. I am excited to work with our wonderful volunteers to enrich the lives of vulnerable adults who struggle living with mental illness, to offer dignity, friendship and support to reduce loneliness, and encourage independence.My hobbies and interests include art, photography, karate, jogging and reading.

Lisa O’Kane

Lisa O’Kane

Volunteer Co-ordinator


My career has always been admin based and I have worked for charities in the past helping people with addiction and mental health problems. I was thrilled to be able to volunteer for an organisation like Hammersley Homes as I am currently a carer for my son who has been diagnosed with autism, and this is such a great opportunity for me to be part of this important work. I am now very excited to start work in my new role as Volunteer Co-Ordinator.

Outreach Volunteers

Thea Sandell

Thea Sandell

I am currently a student studying for my Psychology BSc. After my degree, I plan to embark on my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in the hopes to open my own private practise in the future.I am passionate about helping people from all walks of life and as I progress through my studies and acquire new skills, I plan to use my knowledge and empathetic nature to contribute to Hammersley Homes promise to offer security, comfort and trust to people who are living with an enduring mental illness.

Codie Towers

Codie Towers

Hi, I am Codie I am recently studying at college on an access course to health professions hoping to attend university next year to study paramedic science. I have always been interested in helping others and making a difference in people's lives, I am excited to be joining Hammersley Homes and I am happy to be able to help in any way I can!
In my spare time i enjoy boxing, cooking and coastal walks with my 2 dogs.

Michelle Mclntosh

Michelle Mclntosh

My name is Michelle but you can call me Shell. I am 34 years old and have always worked in the care industry, both elderly and learning disabilities since I was 18. I have joined Hammersley Homes as I am wanting to help people who need it. I believe having someone who you can trust to share your worries and doubts with is very important and I will try my hardest to help in any way I can.

Jennifer Maxwell

Jennifer Maxwell

Hello, my name is Jenny and I am very excited to join the Hammersley Homes Outreach Team, and to be part of a friendly team of volunteers, working with people who need that extra support.
In my free time, I like going to the gym, long walks, and also trying to bake cakes while listening to the top charts music!

Ebilayefa Freda Imoniero

Ebilayefa Freda Imoniero

I love to be a volunteer with Hammersley Homes because I find joy knowing I was able to make someone happy by mere talking and passing on some wonderful wisdom nuggets, and making them know that Happiness comes from within and no one can take that away from us.

Pedro Antunes Feitor

Pedro Antunes Feitor

I’m Pedro, I currently study psychology at Bournemouth University. The more I learn about mental disorders the more interested I get. I know it’s really important to spread knowledge and awareness about mental illnesses so that people who live with these illnesses are respected and understood, and people who may develop mental illnesses can be assessed and taken care of early on. This is why I really wanted to get involved with his charity. I have a lot of love to give and I love listening to people's stories, so I am pleased to be able to help this charity to provide in person support to adults who need a helping hand and an extra ear so they can feel supported and listened to.

Admin Volunteers

Katherine Cook

Katherine Cook

Hi! I am a graduate from the University of Exeter with a degree in Geography. A lot of my previous experiences have been in the charity/ fundraising world as I have always been interested in making a difference and having a positive impact on people’s lives. This is why I am excited to join Hammersley Homes, helping to improve the lives of vulnerable individuals and developing a long-term living solution for them, and I am looking forward to getting involved and helping to achieve their mission.

Priscilla Okoye

Priscilla is passionate about human behaviour and the combined factors, events and experiences that actuate and sum up the observed behaviour. A master’s degree holder in English Language and Literature, Leadership and Human Resources Management, Priscilla also has a keen interest in Social Psychology, Positive Psychology, Mental health, Psychological well-being and human flourishing.Considering that the best way to find oneself is to lose the self in the service of others, Priscilla hopes to find herself while helping others. She aims to bring her qualifications and love for others to Hammersley Homes.

Angus Cadwallader

Angus has worked as an editorial and communications specialist for three years and is passionate about conducting research that benefits vulnerable people and communities. He holds an MSc in Media, Communications and International Journalism from the University of Glasgow. By volunteering with Hammersley Homes, Angus hopes to bring the issue of underfunded mental health services to the forefront of public consciousness, as well as work towards securing safe and supported housing for adults suffering from enduring mental illness.

Rojah Guntripp

I strongly believe in the welfare and support of people with disabilities and mental illness. Hammersley Homes’ admirable mission resonates with my experiences with friends and family members who could benefit from the support they offer. From personal experience, people with disabilities and mental illness are under-represented and deserve to have a voice in today's world. Working with Hammersley Homes, my mission is to offer my expertise to make a difference, support them in achieving their goals and making positive long-term change in the lives of people with disabilities and mental illness.

Saoirse Osborne

Saoirse Osborne

I'm a student, currently in my first year of A-levels. I have seen the impact of mental illness on family members - and the security and relief supported housing can provide - so I'm passionate about Hammersley Homes' aims. I hope to use my experience working for a small student-run business to help Hammersley Homes with their social media and blog to spread the word about the good work it is doing.

Keith Chillman

Keith has worked as a photographer in the past and sometimes used these skills to offer help as a volunteer, working in museums and helping to train further education students.More recently, due to health problems, he has been working as a volunteer for the last three years for a local museum, and has worked for a community centre.Keith is hoping to use some of the skills he has gained as a volunteer to help Hammersley Homes to raise awareness of the difficulties people with mental health problems endure and put a stop to stigma.

Callum Murphy

Callum Murphy

My name is Callum and I am excited to be joining the Hammersley Homes team. As a sufferer of depression and other mental difficulties, I understand the value of the work being done here and I am happy to be able to help in any way I can! My main focus will be on spreading the word and growing Hammersley Homes social media presence.

Zanell Neethling

Zanell Neethling

I immigrated to the UK from a small coastal village outside Cape Town, named Kleinmond (which refers to the small mouth of the lagoon at the seafront) in July 2004, when I was 17, with my parents, joining my two older brothers who were already here. I used to ride horses competitively in South Africa, specifically in show jumping and eventing, and I have competed in competitions all over the Western Province. Now many, many years later… My brothers are in Spain, and my parents, who teach at a private school near Gloucester, will be retiring to Spain in two years’ time. I get unlimited visiting hours 🙂 especially when my dad gets his little Boston Terrier and blue velvet French bulldog … summer days swimming in the sun await! Exciting times ahead! For now, I’m happy to be volunteering with Hammersley Homes – I really support the work they are doing.

Charlotte Bedwell

Charlotte Bedwell

Having worked in education for 4 years, Charlie is passionate about mental health awareness. She will be using her skills as an educator and writer to help support the team in growing its social media presence, spreading the word about Hammersley Homes and the amazing work that it does far and wide!

Haleena Gulzareen

Haleena Gulzareen

I am a MSc clinical psychology graduate from Royal Holloway University, with experience in mental health, neurological/neurodevelopmental disorders and research practise within diverse populations. I have a great interest in mental health and human psychology which has led me to pursue work and volunteer roles within NHS, non-profit organisations, and special educational needs groups. I also have specialist research knowledge and skills from my time at university and my research assistant roles. I hope to bring such skills to any tasks and duties I will conduct as part of my role of being a volunteer for Hammersley Homes.

Molly Wells

Molly Wells

I am extremely passionate about mental health as many close to me struggle daily with the impacts of mental illnesses. I feel that nowhere near enough is being done to help those who suffer from mental illness which is having lasting effects on the people close to them. Moreover, the reputation and representation of mental health is still not as positive as it should be. Therefore, a charity like Hammersley Homes spoke to me as it offers genuine care and solutions for those who suffer from their mental health and I am excited to be a part of this great organisation and start to make a difference!

Trevor Thornton

After spending most of my life in Surrey I decided to move down to Mudeford in 2014 after years of holidaying here as a child. I have first-hand experience of the mental health services over 40 years. I am a self-employed computer consultant but with some time on my hands, am keen to help Hammersley Homes in any way I can. With over 30 years of experience with computers, PCs and modern devices I hope to use my skills to their advantage.

Jenny Weston

I retired early from a long career in Human Factors (Ergonomics) and am looking forward to spending some of my extra free time in helping Hammersley Homes as a volunteer. I believe that we should provide appropriate facilities and support for all members of our society. This is not just our moral responsibility, it simply makes sense …. so I am very happy to support this charity.