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Who we are

hyh is led by a group of Trustees and a Chief Executive, Helen Elliott, supported by the Executive Management Team.
Helen Elliot

Helen Elliott

Chief Executive
Helen has more than 15 years’ experience in senior leadership/strategic positions within the voluntary sector. Prior to this, she spent over 10 years in the private sector heading up an international marketing department. Her academic qualifications include a BA Hons in Business Studies and a PgDip in Counselling. She is an accredited counsellor, Member of the Institute of Fundraising and Trustee.

Taking on the leadership of this remarkable organisation since 2015 has been an honour and privilege. The dedication and hard work of the staff and volunteers, with their commitment to ending the misery of homelessness, is truly inspirational. The level of youth homelessness within the UK today is something that I feel cannot be ignored. hyh is a unique organisation that tackles this and genuinely makes a difference in the lives of our service users. I am extremely proud to be a part of this amazing team.
Sally Scott

Sally Scott

Director of Operations
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.
Kirsty Harrison

Kirsty Harrison

Executive Assistant
Kirsty joined hyh in 2005 and provides support to the CEO and Board of trustees. Kirsty also oversees most of the back office functions such as IT, HR, Facilities and Health & Safety. Her professional qualifications include an Associate CIPD, and Kirsty is working towards the CompTIA A+ Certification in IT.

I enjoy working at hyh and am passionate about making sure the back office is cost efficient in all areas whilst still ensuring our important frontline services have all the resources they need to run smoothly

Steffi Huntingford

Steffi joined hyh in 2019. After graduating from University of Birmingham with a BSc Hons in Maths with Business Management, Steffi carried out her ACA training as an auditor in a London accountancy firm. More recently Steffi has developed experience in business and tax planning and financial modelling. Steffi volunteers as a young person’s mentor in her spare time.

I am hoping to turn the finance function into an area of the business that adds real value; a tool to support and guide the strategic direction and growth of the charity and help the organisation achieve a sustainable business structure. I have received such a warm welcome from everyone here at hyh and was immediately made to feel part of the team.

Caroline Neill

Fundraising & Communications Manager
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.
John Robinson

John Robinson

Joined hyh: 2009

John took over as Chair after chairing the Finance Committee for nine years. He has a keen interest in all of hyh’s activities but particularly our service-user involvement programme, Live Life. John is a qualified ACA chartered accountant with a background in the financial and general corporate management of international companies, and has experience in tax work. Now retired, he uses his skills to support a number of charitable organisations.
Jason Hale

Jason Hale

Joined hyh: 2019

Jason is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years of Finance and Change Management experience in the banking industry. He is currently a programme manager for RBS, leading large scale transformational change programmes.
Jason joined hyh in March 2019 as Treasurer and is a member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee.

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.

Caroline Langdell

Joined hyh: September 2018

A qualified fundraiser, marketer and experienced grant maker, Caroline has spent over 10 years working in and around the voluntary sector in roles ranging from fundraising and communications officer at a small charity to Fund Manager at Hertfordshire Community Foundation where she managed funds on behalf of local, regional and national donors including individuals, families, corporates, statutory organisations and charitable trusts, helping give away over £800k in 2017/2018.

She now works as a freelance consultant and trainer, using her experience from both sides of the funding fence to provide practical and strategic support to grant making organisations, small and medium sized charities and community minded businesses.
Brian Littlechild

Brian Littlechild

Joined hyh: 2010

A registered social worker, Brian is currently Professor of Social Work in the School of Health and Social Work at the University of Hertfordshire and Visiting Professor at the University of Ostrava in the Czech Republic.

He has been a consultant to the Council of Europe’s Directorate General of Human Rights and Legal Affairs on their European Rules for Juvenile Offenders, and its Social, Health and Family Affairs Committee Report on Social Exclusion, Education, and Youth Offending as well as for UNICEF on policies for work with young offenders.

Brian is also chair of The Association of Panel Members: Communities for Justice and an Expert Adviser to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

Anna Moore

Joined hyh: 2010

Anna had a personal experience of homelessness and was supported by hyh when she moved into her own accommodation.

In 2008, she joined hyh’s service-user involvement project, iPro (now called Live Life) and still maintains a role within the service, so has a good understanding of the issues affecting homeless young people.

Anna has also helped hyh’s education service, educating young people about the realities of being homeless. She has an interest in counselling and mental health and has gained her Level One Introduction to Counselling.

Carol Shutkever

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.

Rebecca Sumner Smith

Joined hyh: 2017

Rebecca is a chartered accountant with experience across corporate, public and third sector organisations. She works at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with a current focus on best practice grant-making.

Rebecca is a member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee, and enjoys getting involved in hyh's broader strategic work.

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.