Our Office Team
Our office team ensure the day to day smooth running of Simon on the Streets.
Outreach Team Leader
I am the team leader for the outreach team covering Leeds and Bradford.
My team consists of 7 outreach workers and I am very proud of my team who go above and beyond in their roles. I have worked with Simon On The Streets for over 7 years as an outreach worker in Bradford.
I have loved working in Bradford and I am passionate about growing the support in Bradford and continue to work well with all partners.
I'm looking forward to working with my team and providing a person centred support to our service users. The team are so dedicated and I am very proud of them.
Andy has spent the past 13 years in fundraising, both in a voluntary and career role.
Alongside his previous role as a project manager for the property company Shellbourne Properties, Andy has voluntarily raised over £100,000 for various charities, which was recognised through an invitation to the King’s Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in May 2023.
Andy made the decision in 2021 to pursue his passion for fundraising as a new career. After successfully completing a fundraising diploma with the Chartered Institute of Fundraising, Andy joined St. George’s Crypt for 18 months as an Events and Community Fundraiser.
I feel privileged to bring my experience and passion for fundraising to Simon on the Streets and join a brilliant team who strives to support our most vulnerable within society. Creating strong partnerships across Leeds and Bradford is key to helping transform the lives of others.
Dan is a recent graduate in History from University of Leeds looking to build his career in the third sector with Simon on the Streets. He is experienced in administration from previous work with the NHS and has always been a keen charity fundraiser in his personal life. These include fighting in a sponsored charity boxing match, as well as helping run charity events such as club night and a gaming tournament for Simon on the Streets during his time at university.
Natalie has spent the last 14 years working in the Voluntary Sector, predominantly managing Drugs and Alcohol services across Yorkshire and Humberside. Her roles for DISC and CGL involved working in partnerships to manage services that supported vulnerable individuals, both in the Criminal Justice System and in the wider community, to help them access treatment for their addiction and begin their journey to Recovery.
Natalie moved to St Anne’s Community Services to take on the role of Area Manager, where her portfolio of services spanned across Leeds, Wakefield and Sheffield. These services included Mental Health Supported Living, Alcohol Detox and Rehab, St Anne’s Resource Centre Homelessness Service, Bevin Court Hostel in Sheffield for Homeless Men and the following services within the Forward Leeds Consortium; Harm Reduction, Housing and Alcohol Detox Teams.
Natalie has been working as part of the Leeds Street Support Team representing St Anne’s Resource Centre and re-launched the service last year to ensure its integral position in the city. Her vast experience of partnership work, change management, performance management and delivering and shaping services have enabled her to see real positive change and fantastic outcomes for those most vulnerable.
Natalie is proud to be able to bring her knowledge and experience to enable her to continue this work as CEO of Simon on the Streets and lead the organisation in tackling homelessness, contributing to policy change and providing support to the most vulnerable in our society.
Bayley is an aspiring DJ and producer who attended Leeds Creative Arts College From 2020-2022 Bayley has joined our team as an Office Administrator/Events Administrator.
Bayley has really thrown himself into his new role, and has recently supported The Black Sheep Bank holiday event to raise money for Simon On The Streets by utilizing his DJ skills with live music and a raffle. We are looking forward to seeing what the future holds with him.
Our Outreach Team
Our Outreach Workers are non-judgmental, empathic and great motivators – and perhaps most important of all, they have a shared passion to provide hope for those without a voice.
After completing an MA in Social and Public Policy, Sarah worked with individuals affected by problems associated with drug addiction before moving to Simon on the Streets.
Tracy really enjoys working in Bradford. She is very keen to promote the welfare and rights of all vulnerable people, particularly those living on the streets. Tracy enjoys working with people on a one to one basis and adapting her approach to fit individual needs and circumstances.
Clair completed a BSc in Criminology and Psychology and went on to work in the psychology department of a prison. From there she was a drug and alcohol support worker in Leeds, then Keighley. She has a passion for supporting people emotionally and practically as they strive to achieve their goals.
Our team of trustees bring together a combination of expertise and skills to develop a clear strategy for the charity's future.
Matt joined the Board of Trustees as Treasurer of the charity in 2018 and is a Chartered Accountant specialising in Corporate Finance. He recognises that the nature of his job frequently deals with those more privileged, and believes that the same strategic and forward-thinking outlook should be applied to growing a charity which targets those less fortunate in life. Now more than ever the number of people becoming increasingly distant from the support networks available to them is an area Matt wants to be actively involved in reducing. Matt believes Simon on the Streets is an honest and open support platform established to help those most in need, continually supporting them to re-engage with society. Away from work, Matt enjoys football, cycling, and golf.
Charlotte joined the Board of Trustees in 2018 after being aware of the work Simon does since her days at the University of Leeds. Charlotte works for Telefonica UK as a client manager supporting local authorities and third sector customers with digital transformation projects. She has a particular passion and focus in supporting digital and social inclusion programmes with life changing outcomes for some of society’s most vulnerable people. She is passionate about the ways in which technology can support our outreach workers and office staff to ensure we’re as efficient and cost effective as possible. Outside of work Charlotte keeps busy walking her dog and obsessing over anything Beyoncé does.
Annie joined the Board of Trustees in 2019 after volunteering on the Tuesday night soup run for over a year.
Prior to joining Blacks Solicitors in Leeds, where Annie is currently a Solicitor, she completed her Dissertation on ‘Homelessness and the effects of laws which may hinder young people’s access to housing’, whilst studying for her Masters at Northumbria University.
Annie also completed a short volunteering placement with Homeless Link in London where she gained a greater understanding of the issues young homeless people face and the different strategies used by charities to help them.
Since moving back to Leeds, Annie has attended Leeds Feed the Homeless, and has been busy volunteering for Simon on the Streets. She understands that everyone faces very different and complicated issues, and is keen to work with people to help them overcome these challenges.
Annie also has previous volunteering experience with Citizens Advice Bureau, where she volunteered for over two years and helped train other volunteers to be Gateway Advisors. Annie also volunteered for LegaCare, a charity providing free legal advice to terminally ill clients.
Annie firmly believes that Simon on the Streets is able to help people who may be less likely to access assistance from other services and it therefore plays an important role in helping the homeless in West Yorkshire.
Mike has lived and worked in West Yorkshire since arriving from Liverpool as a student some 30 years ago. His early career took him from HR management to running Employer Communications marketing agencies.
Now self-employed, he splits his time between business & career coaching; HR consultancy and teaching in the Business School at Leeds Beckett University.
Mike has been increasingly concerned over the growing homeless issue in the region for some time and is now very much looking forward to supporting Simon on the Streets as a Trustee.
Away from work you’ll find Mike spending his time obsessing over Everton FC; Roots Reggae and taking any opportunity to pull on his walking boots and head for the Dales.
Chair of Trustees
Louise Lapish, Chair of the Trustees, has been a Simon supporter for over 8 years, a trustee for two and recently stepped into the position of chair. As Director of Gatewood Consulting Ltd her experience across the Business Coaching and training spectrum means she can provide great support in terms of team development and ensuring that our team live and breath the commitment of being a highly skilled professional outreach service.
Emma became a member of the board in 2017. Emma has worked as a senior leader and Director in the health service for over 20 years. Working in both commissioning and provider organisations; across primary, community and mental health services, Emma has worked to improve services for some of the most vulnerable people in society. Emma’s experience includes leading strategic planning, transformation and change, service development and improvement. Emma is a values-based leader and is passionate about social justice and wants to utilise her experience and skills to ensure Simon on the Streets provides the best possible services and outcomes for its service users.
Emma lives in Leeds with her husband and two daughters.
Leo was appointed a trustee in 2019. He is a partner of Schofield Sweeney Solicitors in Leeds, specialising in commercial dispute resolution. Leo is a long-term supporter of Simon on the Streets, having first taken part in the Sleep with Simon challenge in 2012. He was impressed by the excellent outreach work the charity undertakes in West Yorkshire. As a trustee, Leo is driven to help stop homelessness become an increasingly prevalent and tragic part of today’s society.
Lynne is an experienced project and events manager within the sport and charity sectors. Having spent 6 years organising mass participation outdoor events, Lynne currently organises learning and development events, conferences and award ceremonies. Saddened by the continued homeless crisis across the region, country and worldwide but inspired by the Simon on the Streets team doing the hard work on the ground and service user’s success stories, Lynne joined the Board of Trustees in 2019 and is keen to do what she can to make a difference to those in less fortunate situations. Outside of work, Lynne enjoys spin classes, visiting new places, crafting and baking, and is working on mastering the art of wedding cakes!