Our Patron, CEO and Trustees

Our Patron, CEO and Trustees

The featured image is of Jack Stephen – Chair of SPEAR

Having supported SPEAR for many years, The Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable.  was appointed  Patron in 2016.
Sir Vince Cable was the MP for Twickenham from 1997 – 2015. He served as Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills in the Coalition government from 2010-15.  He has published several books on political economy, including the bestselling The Storm on the financial crisis of 2008.  He holds visiting professorships at Nottingham and St Mary’s Universities and the London School of Economics.
After the 2017 General Election, when Sir Vince Cable was returned as Member of Parliament for Twickenham, he stood in the Liberal Democrats’ leadership election and was successfully re-elected.



Stuart grew up in London and went to secondary school in Westminster. He started working with vulnerable people with mental health issues in the mid ‘90’s.

 After qualifying as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist in 2003, Stuart started working with street homeless people struggling with mental health issues in East London. He then held a variety of project management, new business and senior operational management roles in several London homelessness organisations, including Head of Offenders Services at St Mungo’s and Commercial and New Business Director at Guinness Care and Support.

 Stuart gained an MSc in Voluntary Sector Management at CASS Business School in 2009 and took up the role of Chief Executive at SPEAR in 2010, and has since led the charity to develop and expand SPEAR’s activities in South West London.



Jack is SPEAR’s longstanding dedicated Chair on our Board of Trustees. Jack was Deputy Chief Executive and Finance Director of Thames Valley Housing for 21 years until 2015 where he had line responsibility for all areas of Accounting, Treasury, IT and Human Resources . During his period as Chair of Fizzy Living, Jack had responsibility for the start up of this PRS group and ultimately the sourcing of £200 million of equity funding from the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority. From 2007 to 2015 he chaired the body setting the accounting standards for the housing sector, overseeing the introduction of FRS 102, and was a member of the ICAEW’s Social Housing Committee. Prior to this he was the Finance Director and Treasurer for McDonnell Douglas Bank and Security Pacific Bank. Jack is currently a non executive Board Member of : Aldwyck Housing Group and chair of the audit committee, Barnet Homes Housing Group , chair of the audit committee, Folio London ( PRS subsidiary of Notting Hill housing Group), a subsidiary of the commercial developer First Base. He is a member of the Chartered Accountants of Scotland with an Ma(Honours) in Economic Science.


Barrie joined the Trustee Board of SPEAR in 2005 shortly after retiring from a career in Shell spanning the fields of Business Development, Strategic Planning and Personnel (Performance Appraisal, Development & Mentoring). Having joined SPEAR at a critical point, he has used his experience to support SPEAR through several phases of growth and development. He has a strong commitment to the underlying ethos of SPEAR and the need to help our service users out of homelessness. He is a past Chairman of the Personnel Sub- Committee of SPEAR (now disbanded).

He has also spent a number of years co-opted onto the Finance & Strategy Overview & Scrutiny Committee of Richmond Council. As a co-opted member, he provided an independent voice and external challenge to the review of proposals for Council consideration.

Barrie lives in Teddington, is married with two grown-up sons, five grandchildren and a cat. He also has a BA degree in Economics & Mathematics and is a Chartered Statistician.



Charlotta is a life-long local resident who has a thirty year association with SPEAR, having been a volunteer for Penny Wade at the time of SPEAR’s creation. Charlotta’s first dissertation was on the subject of Community Care in Richmond and she taught the drama group at the original Vineyard Project.   

Charlotta has remained an active volunteer for several local charities whilst raising her family, including setting up the first school ‘Green Travel group’ and recruiting a volunteer team to assist at free local breastfeeding clinics.

Charlotta is also a company secretary in the environment/social finance sphere; holds a Humanities degree and diplomas in Governance, HR, Marketing, Advertising and PR.

Charlotte re-connected with SPEAR initially; for SWEP, Streetcount and as an Ambassador. Charlotta became a trustee in  2016 and looks forward to contributing to SPEAR’S continuing journey from Homelessness to Independence.

Jonathan Cardy has lived in Teddington since 1991 and joined the board of SPEAR at the end of 2016. He was first elected as a local councillor in 1998 and apart from one four year gap has been a local councillor since then. As a local councillor he appreciates that housing is one of those basics that we all need. JONATHAN CARDY Jonathan joined SPEAR as a trustee in 2016.  Jonathan is in his tenth and final year of being a trustee at the Hampton Fuel Allotment Charity, the major local funding charity in the Middlesex side of the London Borough of Richmond and a funder of SPEAR. He brings to SPEAR his knowledge of charity governance and social housing. In 2000 he was involved in the process that converted the council’s housing department into a housing association – Richmond Housing Partnership, and then was the Council’s cabinet member for Housing and Community Safety from 2001-2002.  In 2006 he joined the board of Richmond Housing Partnership where he was a member for eight years. Outside of his Housing involvements, Jonathan currently chairs Richmond Council’s Audit committee and is the opposition spokesperson for Finance. Previous professional roles include Data Protection compliance in a marketing company and two years as Museum Liaison for Wikimedia UK.


Alex joined SPEAR as a trustee in 2016. He works in Richmond as an NHS consultant in Child and Adolescent Mental Health and has been a Richmond resident since 2005.

He completed both his medical training and psychiatry training at UCL (including a post in homeless mental health) and finished his higher training in Child and Adolescent Mental Health at St Mary’s University in London. In his current role, he also has responsibility as the Named Doctor for safeguarding children for the local borough’s mental health trust and is an active member of the Richmond Local Safeguarding Children Board.

Alex is also a Trustee of Hounslow Youth Counselling Service, and supports ADHD in Richmond.


Grant joined SPEAR as a Trustee in 2015.  As a Twickenham resident he has seen at first hand the number of rough sleepers in the area. On becoming a local Councillor he heard of SPEAR’s work and the high opinion of it held by many of his colleagues, and decided to become involved as a trustee.

He is a company director, business consultant and lecturer. He is also a Councillor and Lead Scrutiny Member for Children and Education for the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.

Grant was born in the Midlands and moved to London fourteen years ago. His early career was in the automotive industry and he has worked in the third sector as a co-ordinator and fundraiser.


Katy joined the trustee board of SPEAR in 2016.  She holds a senior role in HR and OD for a diagnostics organisation and has held a number of HR roles in a range of organisations over the last 20 years.  

A qualified coach, Katy is a member of the CIPD and holds a post graduate diploma in law from Kingston University.  She is keen to use her experience in a local not for profit charity and became interested in SPEAR after attending a talk.  


Duncan joined the Board of SPEAR in 2016 as a Trustee.  Graduating from Durham University (Mathematics) in 1994, and moving to Richmond shortly after.  has worked in investment banking for over 20 years, with significant time spent in finance, trading, structuring, sales, risk management and in leadership positions.

Duncan currently runs a financial markets sales and trading operation at a commercial bank.  He lives in Richmond with his wife and two children, one of whom is passionate about helping the homeless.

RACHEL SMITH  Rachel worked as a teacher and translator when her children were young and managed a livestock farm in the New Forest for 35 years. Rachel became interested in affordable housing through serving as a Parish Councillor in Brockenhurst for 12 years and worked for various organisations in Hampshire and Dorset to develop and manage affordable rural housing.  She has a Professional Diploma and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.  She helped to pilot Personal Housing Plans in Shetland in 1998-9 and wrote a pamphlet on rural models for Shared Ownership. Rachel has recently given up being Chairman of New Forest Villages Housing Association after 10 years and became a Trustee of SPEAR in 2016. She is married to Sir Vince Cable.


Jeremy has 14 years experience of volunteering or working for medical or health-related not-for-profit organisations and charities as a trustee, officer and director. Starting with registering the Committee on Publication Ethics as a charity and limited company, Jeremy has also had roles the Patient Information Forum, Emerging Health Threats Forum, the Royal Society of Medicine and now at the British Society for Rheumatology. Jeremy’s commercial experience comes from many years in academic medical publishing, with a digital start-up and Bupa.

Jeremy was appointed a trustee at SPEAR in 2015 and sits on the Audit Committee. Jeremy brings his professional experience at director level in not-for-profit organisations to the benefit of SPEAR. He has professional interests in governance, values, organisational culture and performance management.

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