Our Trustees

Laura Austin Croft

Laura has had 15 years’ experience working in the voluntary and public sector, developing expertise in community development, health policy and employment and health. From August 2016 she starts a specialist training post in public health medicine. Laura was previously a trustee and chair of the London Gypsy Traveler Unit.

Matt Harrison

Matt works as director of social enterprise for Homeless Link, the national membership organisation for homelessness services. Previously he was CEO of Resource Information Service, a small information charity focused on homelessness and poverty. He has worked for homelessness services in London, Coventry and Rugby for more than 30 years, including hostels, day centres and advice services. Matt was previously chair of Threshold Housing Advice from 2006 to 2011.

Terry Hitchcock

Terry is Groundswell’s chair. Having graduated in economics from Cambridge University, Terry had a career in stockbroking, during which he co-founded Collins Stewart. He has been a trustee of several charities, including Help the Aged, Thames Reach and The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund.

Dr. Al Story

Al is the founder and clinical lead of the pan-London Find & Treat Service based out of University College Hospitals. His core expertise is in tackling communicable diseases among homeless people, drug and alcohol users, prisoners and destitute migrants. His research interests include outreach, integrating point of care diagnostics on the street, case management, the inclusion of service users within multidisciplinary teams and the use of internet technologies to promote engagement with health services and treatment continuity. He is an original member of the Faculty for Homeless and Inclusion Health and the Pathway Team and a senior lecturer with the Farr Institute at University College London.

Steve Wyler

Steve is an independent advisor and writer in the social sector. He is an associate of the Carnegie UK Trust, and a board member of Community Links and Access (the Foundation for Social Investment). Previous roles have included CEO of Locality, the Development Trusts Association, and Homeless Network. He has worked as a consultant for grant-making trusts, helped set up Social Enterprise UK, and has been a member of various Government advisory groups on localism, social enterprise, and the third sector. He was made OBE in 2011 for services to the Voluntary Sector.

Jenny Yates

Jenny joined The Elders in June 2015. She worked for the previous 12 years at the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID): leading the UK Government’s efforts to help Indonesia address climate change, based in Jakarta; and also working for DFID in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and in the Communications Division in London. Prior to that, Jenny worked in NGOs and with the governments of Uganda and Swaziland, including working with Oxfam in Mozambique and as an Overseas Development Institute Fellow in the Ministry of Agriculture in Swaziland.

Lynn Young

Lynn was a district nurse in Ealing and then worked in the field of primary and public health at the Royal College of Nursing for 21 years. During this time she became informed of the many problems related to poor housing and homelessness. She is now retired.