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 (Ebury Press, 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.


Mark Ackroyd, Chief Executive

Mark leads the Dot Dot Dot team. He is responsible for delivering our mission and for the overall development of the business. Mark joined Dot Dot Dot in 2017 to lead our Services team and became Chief Executive in in 2021.

Mark has provided leadership and management in a number of sectors, with a special interest in organisations that combine social and commercial goals. Before joining Dot Dot Dot he was Director of Facilities at the innovative workplace provider Second Home, and has previously worked in schools, sport and social work. Mark enjoys bikes, strong coffee and exploring the Peak District near his home in Sheffield.


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 Lead

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 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 an 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 Lead

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, Senior 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.


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.

 


Dominique Maynard, Relationship Coordinator

Before Dot Dot Dot, Dominique worked in the fashion industry, and studied for a degree in Fashion Design and Communications. She has experience in styling, content creation, sales, visual merchandising and modelling. She loves to be creative and for many years has been involved in designing and creating carnival costumes, and partaking in carnival with the troupes. As Relationship Coordinator at Dot Dot Dot, Dominique manages our properties, but also acts as a friendly reliable face who is on hand to support any guardians during their stay with us.

 


Cosmina Toma, Senior Finance Coordinator

Cosmina’s role at Dot Dot Dot focuses on overseeing the day-to-day financial operations and processes, improving existing financial processes, and coordinating all departments in the process of budget setting, tracking, and reporting. In 2021, she became an AAT Qualified Bookkeeper and is now focusing on getting her Professional Diploma in Accounting qualification.

In the past, Cosmina volunteered as the Vice President of the PR and Marketing department for her student association at The Bucharest University of Economic Studies where she graduated in 2015 with an MSc in Economics. In her spare time, Cosmina enjoys painting, camping, and going to rock music gigs.


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 up Dot Dot Dot’s field team, planning who will go to which property for inspections and viewings, and getting into the field himself whenever the need arises. Before joining the organisation, he spent many years living in Serbia, working first in a refugee aid centre, followed by 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 Dot Dot Dot’s Volunteering Assistant, and works 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. 


Elle Woods-Marshall, New Guardian Assistant

Elle acts as the first point of contact for new applicants and potential guardians. She onboards new guardians, helping to make sure they are ready to move into their new homes. Elle is passionate about volunteering on projects that support young people and talking about mental health. She has worked at residential summer camps in New York and at university she helped to lead a volunteering project that organises day trips and residentials for young people. When she is not working, Elle enjoys crocheting, going to music concerts with friends and outdoor swimming.


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

Anna Scott, Field Team Assistant

Anna works as a Field Team Assistant at Dot Dot Dot. She travels to our different properties to carry out inspections and generally assists the rest of the team, helping out where needed. Anna studied Human Geography at University of Liverpool, giving her a strong interest in current global challenges and a great fondness for the city! When she is not working, Anna is often writing articles for various magazines or swimming in the sea near her home in Brighton.

 


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. Waleed conducts inspections of Dot Dot Dot properties, oversees repairs, and conducts virtual and live viewings for potential new guardians. He is most likely in a different location with different tasks every day of the week, which makes his job exciting!

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.