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, Head 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.

Derrie La Cumbre, 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.

Charlotte Senior, Marketing Manager

Charlotte is responsible for spreading our message to property owners and people looking for housing, as well as managing our reputation and brand. Since graduating from the University of Leeds in Linguistics and Phonetics, she moved to Hong Kong to teach English for two years, then returned to work in the housing sector on the GEM Programme, before joining us. She volunteers with GoodGym and Breaking Barriers.

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 Assistant

Alice moved to London to do a degree in 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 likes going to exhibitions and broadening her knowledge of film.

Liz Clarke, 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.

Cosmina Toma, Finance Assistant

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.

Amy Fuller, New Guardian 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.

Stefanie Witherall, Operations Assistant

Stefanie works on the services team, assisting in the coordination of day-to-day operations and supporting with property management by liaising directly with guardians and clients. She has a professional background in finance and business development, and has worked in customer-facing roles abroad. Stefanie has a BSc hons in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, and away from work enjoys travelling and exploring with her family.