Our Talented and Commited Teams of Staff and Volunteers


Our People

We have great teams of staff and volunteers.  They give their best for the people we support at Branches Hostel and we are fortunate to have such talented people working with us.

Staff and Management

A team of three Support Workers and a Resettlement Worker is responsible for giving day-to-day support and advice to service users and resettlement assistance for clients who have moved on from Branches Hostel.

Two Receptionist Administrators provide a welcoming front-of-house service for visitors and callers to Branches Hostel. The Night Concierges Team ensures that residents and our premises remain safe during out-of-office hours, and the Facilities Assistant keeps our premises in working order.

The Hostel Manager runs the day-to-day operations, with the Chief Executive leading the overall direction of services.

Emily Petersen

Board Member

Bio to come

Alan Mustafa

Board Member

Bio to come

Rebecca Harpley

Board Member

Rebecca is an experienced researcher and project manager, with a background in public policy and market research in the charity and public sectors. Keen to support Branches’ work and ambitious plans for development, Rebecca became a trustee in 2014. She lives locally in Walthamstow.

Gilbert Stowe

Board Member

Gilbert has worked in social housing for over 33 years. He has held senior management roles as a Director or Head of Service at Redbridge Homes ALMO, Croydon Churches Housing Association, Hackney Council and Hyde Housing Association. He has worked in most areas of housing including working with homeless households in Haringey. Gilbert also worked for seven years at the Audit Commission as a Housing Inspector and a Senior Project Manager in the Local Government Division. Gilbert has been a Board Member of Branches since October 2013.

Ben Lynch

Board Member

Ben has extensive legal and commercial experience in a wide range of areas, including contractual disputes, insurance, professional negligence and dispute resolution of all kinds, both domestically and internationally. Ben has worked with the smallest businesses through to the largest, multi-national business entities and is very experienced in working with lay, business and legal people from all walks of life.

Winston Reid

Board Member

Winston Reid is a retired Housing Manager who has worked for various Housing Associations, Local Authorities and Arms’ Length Management Organisations for over 30 years. He is a local resident and a Deacon at his local Baptist Church in Walthamstow. He has been a Trustee at Branches since 2007 and is also a volunteer mentor with the Small Charities Coalition. He enjoys playing squash, badminton and walking.

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