Nicola has been active in the homelessness sector since she founded the award-winning charity A Mile in Her Shoes nearly a decade ago. The London-based charity helps women who are at risk or recovering from homelessness to find their feet through fitness. Nicola was formerly Director of Campaigns and Communications at gender equality charity Women in Sport and has built the majority of her career in the charity and not-for-profit sector. She began her 20 year career working in PR and communications, in roles ranging from healthcare to housing to higher education – where she spent seven years leading communications in universities. She has held trustees roles at two different charities, is a Clore Social Leadership Fellow and believes strongly in feminist leadership principles. In 2016, Nicola was recognised as one of the Prime Minister’s ‘Point of Light’, an accolade that acknowledges those making an outstanding difference in their community. Nicola is also a keen runner and has completed a total of five marathons! https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicolamiller
Olivia completed an MA in Social Development in 2017. Over the last five years, she has been involved in humanitarian initiatives in Malawi, Madagascar and the UK, working in collaboration with a variety of NGOs. At RESTART, she has enjoyed developing partnerships with like-minded charities and working closely with homeless guests to engage them in a range of volunteering and re-employment programmes. Currently, she facilitates personalised mentoring for guests who are seeking support with work, housing, personal development and well-being.
Phil began as a volunteer for RESTART in 2011. He helped guests with accommodation and welfare issues and, in 2013, became General Manager, overseeing the drop-in, housing and employment projects. Currently, he manages the drop-in which serves food and offers support to an average of 70 guests per week from the base of St. Columba’s Church in Knightsbridge. Phil has supported guests through a range of challenging situations and hopes to continue to do so for many more years to come.
Roman joined RESTART in 2011 as Head Chef. As well as cooking for guests at RESTART’s Drop-In every Friday, he caters for the homeless at the Holy Trinity Brompton Shelter. In the kitchen, his culinary knowledge and skills have helped guests and volunteers to develop confidence in and around food preparation and service. The food is of a very high quality and well worth sampling!
Andrew grew up in Scotland, moved to London in 1999 and now lives in Oslo. In 2008, he started volunteering with a London homeless charity and felt the need to get more involved with helping the charitable sector. This encouraged him to found RESTART in 2009, since when he has enjoyed active involvement in the charity by working alongside the trustees and RESTART staff. He also has business interests in the property and hospitality industries.
A former school-teacher, Nick became immersed in the charitable and not-for-profit sectors in 2003 when he was appointed Director of the national charity, The Cricket Foundation, where he devised and implemented the Chance to Shine Programme. In 2009, Nick co-founded a social enterprise, Cause4, and then set up Aureus Social Ventures in 2013. In addition to chairing RESTART, he has been Chairman of Hoddesdon Cricket Club since 2010 and is a trustee of three other charities.
After working in local radio, Pete moved to Network Radio, mainly Five Live & Radio One, before leaving the BBC in 2005. Since then, he has produced many types of content in a wide range of genres: TV, music videos and regular corporate work including Disney, Pepsi and Freud Communications. Pete has his own media productions company called Formidable and is a regular Programmes Producer & Editor for the BBC Radio network and talkSPORT.
A consummate entrepreneur, Anand successfully oversees multiple established businesses and has recently launched Dani Organics, a wholesale organic ingredient business. This has production facilities in India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka & Africa and is certified by 50,000 organic farmers around the world. He supports RESTART by contributing to the strategy, marketing and promotional development of the charity. In addition, Anand has helped to enhance RESTART’s work-readiness programme through partnerships with business contacts.
Jenna has a degree in Biology from Bristol University. She has worked extensively across the charitable sector, particularly in areas of social welfare. Prior to her current position as Counselling Coordinator at the homeless charity, Evolve Housing + Support, she was Project Manager of Trailblazers Mentoring at HMP Wandsworth, Volunteers Manager at The Big Issue and Education Officer at ACE Africa.
Until 2017, Sonya was joint CEO of the international law firm, Herbert Smith Freehills, and before that head of its global dispute resolution practice. She is now a consultant, business coach and mentor with The Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme. As a Women Supporting Women ambassador, she has a particular interest in advising and guiding women in all areas of their career development. One of Sonya’s responsibilities as a trustee is to oversee policy development and embed good practice.
David has spent the last 35 years as a teacher and school leader in primary and secondary schools within both the independent and state sectors of education. He is currently a trustee of The Royal Geographical Society and sits on its Education Committee. He became associated with RESTART three years ago when he raised the awareness of homelessness amongst the pupils at his current school and engaged staff and parents in two of the charity’s fundraising Sleep-Outs.