Board of trustees
Steven Holliday, Chairman
Steve Holliday is Chief Executive of National Grid plc. Steve is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineers and a chartered member of the Institute of Gas Engineering and Managers. He volunteers his time to lead a number of skills, STEM and sustainable energy related activities for Business in the Community and chairs the UK Business Council for Sustainable Energy.
Terrie Alafat is Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing, the membership body for housing professionals in the UK. She was most recently Director of Housing in the Department for Communities and Local Government, with overall policy responsibility for the supply and management of housing across all tenures, housing growth, and homelessness prevention and support. As part of this, she also lead on sponsorship of the Homes and Communities Agency. She has worked in the civil service covering various housing policies and programmes since 2003.
Terrie was given a CBE in 2013 for services to homeless people.
Terrie began her career in the UK in social services policy development in a local authority and was Director of Housing and Corporate Strategy in the royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea until she moved to the civil service. Her academic background is in social policy and research.
Martin Cheeseman OBE
Martin has over 40 years' experience in the housing and social care sector. Most recently he was Director of Housing & Community Care in the London Borough of Brent, and he now runs his own housing and social care consultancy. He also served on the Executive Committee of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Care, and chaired its Housing Committee. He was previously Chair of the homelessness charity LIFT until its merger with Crisis. He is currently Chair of Hestia, a charity which delivers supported housing and related services to a variety of client groups.
He was awarded an OBE in 2009 for services to Housing and local government.
Caroline is Chief Executive of Bliss, the UK charity for premature and sick babies. Prior to joining Bliss Caroline was Director of Policy, Advice & Communications at Gingerbread, the charity for single parents, and was previously Deputy Director of Communications, Policy and Campaigns at housing charity Shelter. She has also worked in research, policy and public affairs for a number of other charities. Caroline is also trustee of a local homelessness charity which operates night shelters during the winter, CARIS Camden.
Emma is a marketing consultant, advising global companies in many different sectors from FMCG to pharmaceuticals. While she was studying at Cambridge University Emma was President of the student charity Rag. She became a fundraising manager for The Children's Society and then spent over 11 years in Marketing at Procter and Gamble. During this time Emma was the business leader for a number of brands in the UK and Eire including Olay and Max Factor.
Nicholas Hilliard is a Senior Circuit Judge at the Old Bailey. He practised as a barrister, specializing in criminal law and inquests. He is a past Chair of the Criminal Bar Association and was appointed as Queen's Counsel in 2008. He has regularly worked for Crisis at Christmas and is a trustee of Finding Rhythms which takes music workshops into prisons.
Richard Murley qualified as a solicitor after leaving university. He has worked in the City for more than 30 years and is a Vice Chairman of Rothschild, where he has worked since 2006. Between 2003 and 2005 he was Director General of the Panel on Takeovers and Mergers, regulating the conduct of takeovers of public companies in the UK. He is also Chairman of University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Richard is the chair of the Crisis finance committee.
Andrew regularly volunteers at Crisis for Christmas. He brings to the Board over 30 years’ experience in the UK Personal Financial Services Industry. Currently he is Chairman of Watford & District YMCA, a Trustee of Langley House Trust, an Independent Member of the Audit Committee at the University of Kent, and is Chair of the Independent Monitoring Board at Heathrow Immigration Removal Centre.
Pete Redfern is the Chief Executive of Taylor Wimpey plc. Pete was appointed as a Director and to the post of Group Chief Executive in July 2007, following the merger between George Wimpey Plc and Taylor Woodrow plc, and is a member of the Nomination Committee. In addition, he has full day to day operational responsibility for the UK Housing Division. Prior to the merger, Pete was Group Chief Executive of George Wimpey Plc and before that, successively held the posts of Finance Director and Chief Executive of George Wimpey's UK Housing business.
Jason is the Clinical Services Director for The Sussex Beacon. Prior to this he worked for Marie Stopes International as UK Director of Quality and Clinical Services and the Terrence Higgins Trust as Clinical Director/Governance and Quality Director. Jason has also held a number of senior nursing positions in the NHS. He has worked in the field of HIV and sexual health for a number of years in the UK and also has experience of working on HIV projects in South Africa. Jason is currently Chair of the RCN's Public Health Forum. He is a member of the Medical Advisory Board for the charity The Food Chain and has volunteered for Crisis at Christmas since 2003.