Who we are

hyh is led by a group of Trustees and a Chief Executive, Johny Whitehead, supported by the Executive Management Team.

Jonny Whitehead

Chief Executive

Jonny joined the team in January 2022 with over twenty years’ experience of senior management roles in the not-for-profit sector. He has a breadth of experience across service delivery, communications and public affairs, partnership development, strategy and operational leadership. He is a charity trustee, a fellow of the RSA and has been a school governor and a volunteer for a number of environmental, human rights and community organisations.

“I vividly remember my first charity work when I was at school, volunteering on the weekly ‘soup run’ up to the homeless community living under the bullring at waterloo station. Now, after nearly 30 years in the not for profit sector I’m delighted to have returned to what, sadly, remains an urgent and important cause, namely homelessness. Young people face huge challenges at the best of times, let alone as we emerge from a pandemic. At the sharp end of that, preventing and tackling youth homelessness is so important for a frighteningly large number of young people across the UK and here in Hertfordshire.”
Sally Scott

Sally Scott

Director of Services
Sally joined hyh in 2007. Previous to this, Sally spent 10 years working in a variety of roles in both the local authority and voluntary sectors delivering services for vulnerable children and adults.

I oversee the delivery of services across hyh and assist in developing an ongoing strategy in line with the charity’s aims and objectives. “It is a pleasure to work alongside such a vibrant team who are both dedicated and determined to make a positive difference to the lives of homeless young people.


Caroline Neill

Head of Fundraising & Communications
Caroline joined hyh in 2019. Caroline’s background is in consumer book publishing with roles in Marketing & PR and Digital. She has experience within the voluntary sector and, most recently, she was part of the client services team for a marketing agency.

‘I’m excited to join hyh at a time when we are looking to underpin our position as an independent organisation and to grow funding from all areas in order to provide our range of essential services to young people and their families. We would love to hear from you if you can help us!’

Meet the hyh Trustees

The trustees are ultimately responsible for everything hyh does. They decide our strategy, ensure our resources are managed responsibly and that we comply with legislation as well as making sure all hyh’s decisions put the needs of the vulnerable people we support first.

All our trustees are volunteers.

Peter Holland

Joined hyh: November 2019

Peter began his career as a journalist on local newspapers in Hertfordshire and national newspapers in the UK before joining Reuters. During a 23 year career with Reuters he moved from journalism into management where his roles included Managing Director of Reuters Europe, Managing Director, Reuters Overseas, Chairman, Reuters Africa and Reuters Latin America and Chairman of Reuters Television.

After leaving Reuters his career included Chairman of Hertfordshire Police Authority, a Board member of the National Crime Squad and the National Criminal Intelligence Service, Chairman of Ombudsman Services and Chairman of the National Policing Improvement Agency. He was also a board member for eleven years of St John Ambulance and Chairman of its Audit and Risk Committee. He was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Hertfordshire in 2000 and awarded CBE in 2005 for services to policing.

Carol Shutkever

Vice Chair
Joined hyh: 2019

Carol is a solicitor and was a corporate partner in a London law firm for 20 years. She headed the firm's corporate governance advisory team, focusing on issues such as board structures and behaviours, accounts and audit, risk management, culture and stakeholders. She also headed the firm’s corporate knowledge management team, responsible for analysing new law and regulation, the firm’s knowledge resources and its corporate training programme. Having retired as a partner she is now does some part-time corporate governance consultancy work and is a trustee of a school Multi Academy Trust.

John Ball

John Ball

Joined hyh: 2020

John is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years experience of managing and leading finance teams at a senior level most recently in social housing. He is a trustee at Clarion Futures, the charitable foundation of Clarion Housing Group and recently stepped down from the Board of Groundwork East where he was a trustee and member of the Finance and Audit Committee.

John joined hyh in March 2020 and is a member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee.

Ruth Barnes

Joined hyh: 2020

Ruth is an international child rights consultant specialising in the law and policy relating to child protection and justice. Ruth was Head of International Programmes at Coram International from 2007 to 2020 and has over 15 years of experience in international child rights: including research and analysis, writing training materials, publishing reports and advising UN agencies, governments and non-governmental organisations on issues relating to child protection, child justice and gender rights. Ruth is studying towards a PhD in Education at the University of Edinburgh, with her PhD research focusing on safeguarding in elite sport.

Originally from Cambridge, Ruth lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and three young children.

Matthew Baxter

Mathew Baxter

Joined hyh: 2018
Mathew will lead for the Board in supporting fundraising initiatives and work closely with the hyh team. He is the managing director and owner of a leading asset management and procurement consultancy, working primarily in the public and private housing sectors.

Mathew is also the owner of a framework management company that is supporting numerous procurement hubs across the UK and is a published author.

Paul Groves

Joined hyh: 2019

Paul is a Solicitor with more than 15 years experience of advising across the technology, media, video games and sports sectors. Paul has worked for Google since 2012 and is currently the YouTube Legal Lead for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

As a legal advisor for YouTube in EMEA, he works on a broad range of matters, including acting as point of contact for legal and business partners on various regulatory, commercial, legal and product issues.

Ross Watkins

Joined hyh: 2019

Ross Watkins has lived in Hertfordshire for most of his life and has worked within the homeless sector for nearly 15 years. Most of this time was as a rough sleeper street outreach worker in Cambridge and Brixton before his current role as Support Manager for Emmaus Lambeth; a supported accommodation provider in South London.

Ross was previously a trustee with Homeless Link and currently sits on their Expert Panel.
Jack White

Jake White

Joined hyh: 2020

Jake is currently Head of Corporate Partnerships and New Business at World Vision – an international development charity operating in 100 countries and delivering programmes with children living in the hardest places in the world. Prior to this he has led teams at Barnardo’s, the UK’s largest children’s charity, and social integration charity The Challenge where he managed corporate fundraising and strategic partnerships for a youth employability programme. He previously worked in financial services recruitment and was a Director at Selby Jennings, a leading international recruitment agency.

Born in North London, Jake has lived in Hertfordshire since a young age and currently resides with his wife in Hertford. He joined hyh as our lead fundraising trustee in November 2020.
Tim Willies

Tim Willies

Joined hyh: 2022

Tim is a qualified management accountant with over 25 years’ experience leading large European finance organisations within the semiconductor distribution industry. He works for global business Avnet Inc. and throughout his career has worked closely with business executives and operational leaders to improve organisational performance. He has 20 years’ experience as a member of a cross functional European leadership team and is responsible for building up, and currently running, Avnet Silica’s Business Operations, Strategy and Data Analytics team. In addition to his European roles Tim also spent two years as Asia Pacific finance director based in Hong Kong.

He has lived in Hertfordshire for over 25 years, is married with two grown up sons, and is a volunteer with Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust.

Herts Young Homeless is proud to be a

Homeless Link Member