The Team

Katharine Hibbert, Founder and Director

Katharine leads on strategy and takes overall responsibility for the way the organisation is run. She came up with the idea of a socially responsible property guardian organisation while researching Britain’s wasted housing for her first book, FREE: Adventures on the Margins of a Wasteful Society (published by Ebury Press in January 2010). She regularly comments on empty houses and related issues in the national media. She has worked as a journalist, writing for a wide range of publications including the Sunday Times and the Guardian.  She now writes for The Pavement, a magazine for homeless people, on a voluntary basis, and is a trustee of Headway East London, a charity which supports survivors of brain injury.

Peter Brown, Chief Executive

Peter has leadership responsibility for Dot Dot Dot’s mission, impact and business growth plans. He is particularly interested in widening the number of property owners that we work with and helping to widen the impact of the volunteering carried out by our property guardians.

Peter has a background in regeneration, social housing and managing innovation to deliver better public services. After working in estate regeneration programmes and on large housing renewal schemes he has worked for a number of housing associations. Prior to working at Dot Dot Dot, he spent five years with Tower Hamlets Homes working across the business delivering service innovations including new tools to help housing staff better support vulnerable residents.

Peter is vice-Chair of the regeneration charity South Kilburn Trust, a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing’s London Board and a volunteer for Crisis’ Christmas homeless programmes, one of the largest volunteer-led programmes in the UK.
Peter is an alumni of Goldman Sachs’ 10000 Small Business Programme.

Mark Ackroyd, Director of Services

Mark is responsible for ensuring the delivery of our core services such as property management and supporting our guardians.

Mark has provided leadership and operational management in several sectors including startups, schools and sport, with a focus on helping organisations though periods of growth or change. Most recently he was Director of Facilities at the social business and workplace provider Second Home, and before that was Business Manager for a primary school in South London. Away from work Mark is a cyclist and climber and enjoys being outside as much as possible, including when he volunteers for the London Youth Games.

Abi Carter, Head of Growth and Partnerships

Abi is responsible for growing Dot Dot Dot’s property portfolio, and bringing more guardians on board to live in the spaces and support good causes. Developing long-lasting partnerships with clients who share Dot Dot Dot’s values, and promoting the benefits of volunteering to both individuals and communities is key to her role.

She came to Dot Dot Dot after working for 12 years in sport – as Head of Strategy and then Director of the charitable foundation at Marylebone Cricket Club, at Lord’s. She chairs Paddington Development Trust, which provides employment, training and cultural programmes to some of London’s most disadvantaged communities, and also volunteers at Tottenham Food Bank and in her local mutual aid group.

Away from work she loves Liverpool FC, travelling to new countries, and taking part in triathlons.

Derrie LaCumbre, Services Team Leader

Derrie has a long charity sector background with experience managing projects and services in homelessness and mental health charities. Her role as Services Lead is to lead and support the Services Team who liaise directly with both property owners and guardians, to ensure that everyone gets a great service.

Derrie has a BA (HONS) in Informal and Community Education and has worked with young people both in the U.K. and USA. In her spare time Derrie loves to travel and experience different cultures and communities.

Liz Clarke, Relationship Manager

Liz works on the services team as Relationship Manager, overseeing the financial and contractual performance of projects to ensure a good standard is maintained for guardians and clients. She also has a special focus on the social impact guardians deliver through their volunteering.

Before joining Dot Dot Dot, Liz worked for a homelessness social enterprise and she is passionate about working to provide safe and affordable housing. Liz has a degree in History from Edinburgh University. In her spare time, Liz likes to try new recipes and listens to endless hours of podcasts whilst running and walking.

Louise Maddy, Relationship Manager (on maternity leave)

Louise works in the services team and manages the performance of a portfolio of projects and contracts against our social impact, quality of service, financial, and contract standards. Louise has a background in Operations in the Hospitality industry. She has run food social enterprise projects in both the charity and private sector. She also ran her own food business specialising in avocados.

Louise graduated from the University of Liverpool with a BA hons in Business Studies. In her spare time she enjoys volunteering in her local community and travelling to see different places and cultures.

Omar Al-Amin, Business Development Manager

Omar is responsible for communicating to property owners and landlords how we manage and secure empty buildings through placing guardians to live in them, and how we ultimately create positive impact in local communities. Omar has a BA in Politics and MA in Diplomacy, from the University of Nottingham. Before Dot Dot Dot, he established the secular community Sunday Assembly in Manchester, working closely with housing association partners, building a sense of community and encouraging thoughtful wonder about the world and life in general.

Patrick Harrison, Business Development Associate

Patrick works on the Business Development team, keeping in touch with existing clients and helping to increase our reach with potential property-owning clients. His background includes managing community projects with a housing association, charity fundraising, and local authority regeneration and planning. Patrick is keen on the natural world, and in his spare time volunteers with the Scouts and his wife’s forest school activities.


Olivia Beckhurst

Olivia Beckhurst, Marketing Manager

Olivia has worked in marketing and communications for 15 years across a wide variety of sectors including charity, higher education, and finance. She came to Dot Dot Dot with experience of running successful student and graduate recruitment campaigns and applies the same drive to finding brilliant guardians who are passionate about volunteering.

In the past, Olivia has volunteered for Cocktails in Care Homes, her local branch of the Women’s Equality Party and has also worked with street children in Quito, Ecuador and taught at a school in Uganda. She has an MA in Gender, Sexuality and Culture from Birkbeck, University of London, a PGDip from the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a BA in American Studies from the University of Nottingham.

Alice James, Senior Marketing and Communications Executive

Alice is responsible for building brand awareness and communicating Dot Dot Dot’s mission to enable us to find more brilliant property guardians looking to engage with their communities and volunteer for good causes. Alice has a BA in Sociology from Goldsmiths, University of London and has previously been a children’s volunteer for Akwaaba, a volunteer-led social centre for migrants. The centre’s mission is to offer a safe space for play, learning and mutual support. Alice has also been a property guardian in the past and loved the sense of community she felt during her time living with Dot Dot Dot in east London.

Mark Muldoon, Relationship Coordinator

Mark looks after Dot Dot Dot properties and all the guardians that live in them. He started work at Dot Dot Dot in 2017. He’s also himself been a property guardian in London continuously since 2012 and loves how many remarkable buildings he’s got to live in over the years!

Mark is also a culture journalist and a judge of Glastonbury Festival’s Emerging Talent Competition, as well as a talent scout for the Edinburgh Comedy Awards. He takes a particular interest in holidaying in the Middle East, most recently spending three weeks travelling Iran in 2019. For his Dot Dot Dot volunteering he is an event photographer at a local Housing Association, a litter picker along local canals and a painter and decorator at a nearby community centre.

 Jess Johnson, Relationship Coordinator

Jess has a background in operational and logistical roles in the museum and cultural sector. Jess’ role at Dot Dot Dot focuses on looking after our properties and the guardians that are housed in them. She has volunteered with FareShare, a charity which aims to tackle food waste whilst also working with communities to ease food poverty. In her spare time, she likes going on adventures in her campervan and exploring new places.

Kieran Picton, Relationship Coordinator

Kieran’s role at Dot Dot Dot focuses on looking after our properties and the guardians housed in them. After a round the world trip he decided he wanted his work to contribute to positive change, and applied to work for Dot Dot Dot. He volunteers for London Friend charity, supporting vulnerable members of the LGBT community. In his spare time he enjoys studying acting, philosophy and exploring the city for tasty food and modern art.

Cosmina Toma, Senior Finance Coordinator

Cosmina moved to London from her home country, Romania, after completing her Masters degree in Economics. She also volunteered as the Vice president of the PR and Marketing department for her student association at The Bucharest University of Economic Studies. In her spare time, Cosmina enjoys painting and self studying to achieve further accounting qualifications in the UK.

Julie Dusuel, Properties and Projects Coordinator

Julie’s background is in fine art and film. She works at Dot Dot Dot for half of the week. Her main role is to review, update and improve the management of properties and projects across our portfolio, with a focus on safety and compliance. During the other half of the week, she studies Contemporary Art Practice at the Royal College of Art.


Annabel Cleak, Data Coordinator

Before starting at Dot Dot Dot Annabel completed a master’s degree in International Development. Although it was a bit of a jump to housing, Annabel uses her analytical abilities to ensure that Dot Dot Dot uses its data in the best way possible. In her spare time she loves to visit new countries and try as much new food as possible.


Amy Fuller, Marketing Coordinator

Amy’s role within the marketing team has a particular focus on communicating Dot Dot Dot’s impact to property owners. She is especially interested in social infrastructure and its role in building resilient communities, and in the year following her degree at the University of Sheffield, volunteered at Foodhall, a community space and pay-as-you feel café built on the idea of social eating and preventing waste. Amy brought her experience of working with communities and love of literature to her work at a library in 2018, where she ran rhyme sessions for children and their parents. She continues to promote the wellbeing benefits of community engagement through her work at Dot Dot Dot.

Albert Grain, Field Team Supervisor

Albert heads Dot Dot Dot’s field team, planning who will go where, and getting into the field himself whenever the need arises. Before joining the company, he spent many years living in Serbia, working first in a refugee aid centre, then in a travel startup. Albert is passionate about volunteering, and you will likely find him running a market stall for a local charity in Lewisham most weekends. If not, he’s probably travelling or exploring new places to eat around London.

Léa Gimpel-Lichtarz, Volunteering Assistant

Léa is the services team’s Volunteering Assistant, working part-time. She monitors the monthly volunteering information and supports guardians in their volunteering journeys. Before joining Dot Dot Dot, Léa was completing her MA in Visual Anthropology. She’s passionate about people, communities and their stories. When she’s not working you can probably find her watching a film or cooking. She has volunteered for a few film festivals and during the height of the pandemic she volunteered at a foodbank in south London. 

Ke’oni Cunningham, Field Team Member

Ke’oni is part of our field team at Dot Dot Dot. Her role focuses on maintaining a positive relationship with our guardians, running viewings and travelling out to properties to conduct inspections. She has a background in student accommodation and renovations. Ke’oni has a passion for interior design and property, and refurbishes them in her spare time.

Anna Scott, New Guardian Assistant

Anna works as the New Guardian Assistant at Dot Dot Dot, guiding new applicants to the point of being housed. She studied geography at University of Liverpool so, as you would expect, she love the outdoors. Currently living in Brighton, when she’s not working, she can often be found swimming in the sea.

Saddia Bibi, Operations Assistant

As Operations Assistant, Saddia facilitates repairs and ensures all safety certificates are up to date. She also answers all incoming calls to the business and answers customer queries. Prior to Dot Dot Dot she worked as an Appropriate Adult, where she would attend police stations and courts to safeguard the interests, rights, entitlements and welfare of children and vulnerable adults who are suspected of a criminal offence, by ensuring that they are treated in a fair and just manner and are able to participate effectively. In her spare time she enjoys spiritual meditation and spending time with family and friends.

Waleed Hammad, Field Team Member

Waleed joined Dot Dot Dot in 2019. He feels privileged to be working within a social enterprise and helping to promote volunteering. He is most likely in a different location with different tasks every day of the week, which makes his job exciting! Waleed conducts inspections of Dot Dot Dot properties, oversees repairs, and conducts virtual and live viewings for potential new guardians.

Before joining Dot Dot Dot, Waleed trained as an actor and he works in projects on stage, screen and as a voiceover artist alongside his work in the field both in the UK and in Egypt where he is originally from.

Giulia Ciccolella, Field Team Member

As part of Dot Dot Dot’s field team, Giulia travels to our different properties to conduct inspections and private viewings. She enjoys getting to know the guardians and hearing about their volunteering stories. During her time at university, she went to Greece for three months to volunteer herself and she is still part of several organisations supporting asylum seekers and refugees. In her free time, she loves reading books, listening to podcasts or going to music gigs with friends.

Our Non-Executive Directors

Our work at Dot Dot Dot is overseen by a board comprising three executive and four non-executive directors. The role of the board is to set Dot Dot Dot’s strategic direction and to ensure its long-term success. It does this by meeting at least four times a year – and usually more often – to review performance, discuss challenges, make sure risks are managed and to check that our framework of processes and controls are fit for purpose.

Our executive directors are our founder, Katharine Hibbert, our Chief Executive, Peter Brown, and our Director of Services, Mark Ackroyd.  

Katharine Hibbert chairs the board. You can read more about our non-executive directors – Josh Babarinde, Lisa Taylor, Alistair Stuart and Tony Curzon Price – here:

Josh Babarinde OBE

Josh is Head of Learning and Innovation at the School for Social Entrepreneurs. Previously, he founded Cracked It, London’s smartphone repair service staffed by young ex-offenders. He was named a Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe Social Entrepreneur 2019 and Cracked It was named Social Enterprise of the Year 2019 by the Evening Standard. He’s also a trustee of the Funding Network, which runs crowdfunding for good causes, and the Shackleton Foundation, an early-stage social impact investor and funder. He was the Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Bethnal Green & Bow at the 2019 General Election. He was a Dot Dot Dot guardian in 2015, and received an OBE for services to Criminal Justice, Social Enterprise and the Economy.

Tony Curzon Price

Tony is a senior advisor at the Cabinet Office, and before that – from 2016 to 2019 – he was the economic advisor to Greg Clark, MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Previously, Tony was Editor-in-Chief of OpenDemocracy, where he is still a trustee, and he is chair of the trustees of the Meanwhile Gardens Community Association, a community garden in West London.

Alistair Stuart

Alistair is the Managing Director for EDB Digital Banking. He joined the bank in 2021 as MD to launch the new corporate digital bank which is based in Luxembourg, although Alistair and his family are UK based. Prior to his role at EDB, Alistair has worked for a range of banks around the world, including Investec, RBS, Westpac and Lloyds TSB.

Lisa Taylor

Lisa is Founder-Director of Coherent Cities and Executive Director of Future of London, where she was CEO from 2013 to 2019 and now runs senior leadership courses in London and Manchester. Future of London is a not-for-profit focused on urban leadership, best practice and networks, whose members include local authorities, the GLA family, housing associations and companies, with a network of 4,400+ professionals. While CEO, Lisa quadrupled membership, reach and revenue, diversified the board and created the Speaker Diversity Network. Her new company, Coherent Cities, offers strategy, facilitation, coaching and project leadership across and beyond the UK.