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 Chair of Governors at TreeHouse School, a north London autism school which his son attends, and Chair of 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.
Head of Community Investment
Sarah started working with United St Saviour’s in the summer of 2016. Before that she was Director of Community Investment at Housing Association. She 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 charities and local authority on community development and 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 in urban settlements. Sarah lives in Lambeth but loves Southwark, live music and festivals, cycling, and her allotment. And working at United St Saviour’s of course.
Programme Director – The Giving Scheme
We are delighted to welcome Will Cole as the Programme Director of The Giving Scheme. Will started at United St Saviour’s in September 2021. He is a Youth Work Professional with over 15 years’ experience working with Young People across London.
Will moved into Southwark as a young boy and lived on both the Heygate and Rockingham Estates where he benefitted from the resources and support local youth organisations offered. He has since dedicated his career to giving back such support to the community.
He has worked in Southwark based charities KickStart, Catch22 (Southwark) and Power2 and is passionate about helping the young people of Southwark achieve their potential.
Will is also a passionate Man United Fan (on a good day!) and still carries hope of them bringing back the glory days.
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.
Matt joined United St Saviour’s Charity in August 2012. He is passionate about grassroots community activity. Matt has over 20 years’ experience of grants administration and management in public and charitable foundations.
He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Grant Making Management from City 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 community groups. He is an Arsenal F.C. supporter of several decades.
Since joining us in January 2012, Bas Ahsan has been responsible for managing our day-to-day finances.
Bas spent the previous twelve years as Finance Manager of the Institute of Child Health.