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.


Louise Maddy, Relationship Manager

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, both achieved at 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.


Alice James, Marketing Coordinator

Alice moved to London to study Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London, focusing on contemporary and practical issues. After graduating, Alice joined our team and has been able to draw upon the useful knowledge base she acquired whilst studying during her time working in the housing and guardianship sector. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and going on long walks with her dog.


Liz Clarke, Senior Relationship Coordinator

Before joining the team, Liz had worked for a homelessness social enterprise in London. She is motivated by the prospect of filling empty spaces in London and making a difference to local communities where the guardians are based. Liz has a degree in History from Edinburgh University and in her spare time likes to discover new music and go to gigs.


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!

He’s also a culture journalist and is 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 & 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 chairty 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.


Cosmina Toma, 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.

Blake Kubena, Field Team Supervisor

Blake oversees the operations of Dot Dot Dot’s field team, making sure that every property is regularly inspected and kept up to standard. He trained as an actor at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama and works regularly outside of Dot Dot Dot on stage and screen projects. If the weather’s nice, he’s probably cycled off somewhere to go camping.


Annabel Cleak, Data Support Assistant

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 Assistant

Since graduating from the University of Sheffield with a degree in English Literature, Amy has concentrated on projects and roles with communities at their centre. In the year following her degree she volunteered at Foodhall, a pay-as-you feel café built on social eating to combat food waste, and spent the last year working in a library. She is particularly interested in the ways we can use creative and community-led thinking to combat waste, and it is this that drew her to Dot Dot Dot.


Ke’oni Cunningham, Community Host

Ke’oni is the Community Host at a central London guardian property, housing 90 residents. Her role focuses on overseeing the daily operations on-site, and maintaining a positive relationship between guardians and Dot Dot Dot staff. 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.

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.

 

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.