Meet the Team

Meet the Team


Brian Thomas  - Chief Executive Officer 

Following over two decades working in Senior Executive positions within the Public Sector, Brian joined our team as Chief Executive Officer in January 2021.  As CEO Brian is responsible for the day to day leadership of the organisation and for supporting the Board of Trustees to effectively govern and set the strategic direction for the future work of the organisation.




Teri Watson  - Housing and Support Manager

Teri's role is to manage the vulnerable & homeless into the Chai Community. She nurtures, encourages and equips people to live good and purposeful lives while fostering a sense of community with the residents. This is achieved through individual care plans, assisting individuals towards greater independence

Ann-Marie Diamond - Wellbeing Project Support Worker

Ann-Marie works across our various services providing clients with deeper long-term support. She provides various tailored wellbeing sessions, in a group and a one-to-one basis.



Carol Gorman - Funding Officer

Carol chairs our strategic funding group, made up of stakeholders from our trustees, finance and senior leadership of the charity, to plan and manage our funding pipeline from inception through to delivery and evaluation.

Maureen Gribben  - Volunteer Co-ordinator

Maureen manages our volunteer programme as well as providing practical support to all of our Hampden Street activities. This includes the recruitment, onboarding and support of volunteers, ensuring volunteer roles and activities are planned and resourced appropriately. Maureen also assists with centre activities, while developing strong partnerships with local schools, agencies and stakeholders to our community.

Jill Dowling  - Administrative Support

Jill assists with the support of our Hampden Street Centre Operations, managing our numerous inbound enquiries and provides data entry support. She also assists with the support of our volunteer programme in the resourcing our volunteer base as well as practical assistance during our various client activities.

Connor Sullivan - Foodbank Co-Ordinator

Kerry Bell - Wellbeing Manager

Works in partnership with external agencies to provide wellbeing services/ activities for people in the community from Hospitality and Hope’s local wellbeing hub – The STEP Project

Margaret Gowland - Administrator

Margaret joined the team in 2021, having worked for us for years as a volunteer. Margaret works to keep us running efficiently, ensuring that all of the administration is completed in a timely way. Margaret also supports the admin for the Charity.