Martyn Craddock
Chief Executive

Martyn Craddock

Martyn joined the United St Saviour’s Charity as Chief Executive in January 2015.

His career began in the food industry, before joining the charity sector in 1998, eventually becoming Chief Executive of St Luke’s Trust in Islington, an award-winning community charity. He has an MSc in Charity Accounting and Financial Management from South Bank University and is trustee of Ambitious about Autism and Dulwich Almshouse Charity.  Martyn has deep family roots in Southwark and cares passionately about the borough.  He loves working right by Borough Market and all its food delights, and does lots of cycling and running to ensure it’s not his ruin.

Sarah Thurman
Head of Community Investment

Sarah started working with United St Saviour’ in the summer of 2016.  Before that she was Director of Community Investment at Housing Association, The Hyde Group. Sarah has an MSc in Development Planning and many years of experience in community investment, grant-making, low cost housing and the charity sector – in the UK and abroad.  In South Africa, she spent several years working with local charities and the local authority on low cost housing projects, and in East Africa she worked with the Intermediate Technology Development Group and The Ford Foundation on a variety of programmes to improve living conditions and the rights of women in urban settlements.  Sarah loves Southwark, her bike, her allotment and Latin-jazz.  And United St Saviour’s of course.

Jude Leighton
Head of Housing


Jude joined United Saint Saviour’s Charity as the Head of Housing in November 2016.

Jude has had an extensive career in social housing, working in both Local Authority and Housing Association settings before joining United St Saviour’s Charity last year. She qualified as a Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing in 1996 and has a special interest in housing for older people. She has particular expertise in resident involvement and believes passionately in providing exceptional services to the residents in our almshouses. Jude is a trustee for the Leytonstone Festival and Box for Life, two charities which are based in Waltham Forest where she lives.

Matthew Allgood
Community Engagement Grants Manager

Matthew Allgood

Matthew Allgood joined the United Saint Saviour’s Charity in August 2012. He is passionate about grassroots community activity. Matt has 20 years’ experience of grants administration and management in public and charitable foundations, including United St Saviour’s Charity, The Millennium Commission and East London Community Foundation.

He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Grant Making Management from Cass Business School, an ICSA Postgraduate Certificate in Charity Management from South Bank Business School, a Level 3 Award in Community Development and a Politics and Modern History Degree from Brunel University.

His local community activity includes directorship of his residents’ management organisation and management of service charges for a mixed housing development. He has over 20 years combined board experience of small grassroots organisations, including delivery of an annual programme of community events using local performers.

Bas Ahsan
Finance Manager

Bas Ahsan

Since joining us in January 2012, Bas Ahsan has been responsible for managing our day-to-day finances.

Bas spent the last twelve years as Finance Manager of the Institute of Child Health.

If you have any financial queries please do not hesitate to contact Bas at bas.ahsan@ustsc.org.uk or 020 7089 9014.

Elizabeth Caccamo
Senior Scheme Manager

As our Senior Scheme Manager, Elizabeth Caccamo is responsible for the overall welfare of residents.

Elizabeth was born in Poland, where she obtained a Master’s Degree in Chemistry. For the past 20 years, she has worked for organisations in the UK that serve the Polish community. Prior to joining St Saviour’s, she managed the offices of the Polish Trustee Association in London.

Elizabeth is married with two children and lists her hobbies as reading, travelling and playing bridge.

Debra Reis
Scheme Manager

Debra has been Scheme Manager at Hopton’s for the last 15 years. She is active in local charity SE1 United. In 2015, Debra became a trustee of St Olave’s and St Saviour’s Schools Foundation.

David Whitney
Gardener

David Whitney

David lives in Waterloo and has been gardener at Hopton’s Almshouses for 20 years after starting his working life on farms in Hertfordshire. He attended Agricultural College in Herts and Lincolnshire and developed his keen interest in native flora and fauna.

David aims to provide a wildlife-friendly garden that is full of colour and interest for residents and visitors and likes to encourage residents to get involved with growing their own vegetables.

His hobbies include photography, local history and playing the ukulele.