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.

 

 

 

 

Neil Toomey  - Housing Project Leader

Neil's role is to manage the vulnerable & homeless into the Chai Community. He 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. Neil also works closely with our Coffee House Manager Dani, to provide volunteering, customer service training and work experience with our residents.

Stephen Williamson  - Food Bank Co-ordinator

Stephen manages our food bank operation, manging the referrals system, warehousing and overseeing the food bank volunteers. He also co-ordinates our various collections and deliveries, working closely with our supermarket partners and donors.

 

 

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.