Leadership Team

Leadership Team


Our Leadership Team reports directly into the Board of Trustees.

  • Mike Barrett

    Chief Executive Officer

  • Catherine Keen

    Finance Director

  • Sarah Dennis

    Director of Human Resources

Leadership Team


Our Leadership Team reports directly into the Board of Trustees.

  • Jo Dawes

    Director of Fundraising & Communications

  • Chris Coffey

    Director of Operations

  • Aidan Gray

    Director of Development and Innovation

Mike Barrett CIHCM, Chief Executive Officer

Mike joined the charity as Chief Executive in 1999. He has worked in housing and social care for nearly 30 years within local authorities, a national supported housing association and the charity sector.  

Mike is a professionally qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Housing, a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) and a member of the UK Housing Panel. He is heavily involved in the supported housing and homelessness sectors regionally. Mike is also a member of Homeless Link’s National Advisory Council which meets to discuss the impact of government policy on homelessness. 

Catherine Keen FCCA MAAT DChA, Finance Director

Catherine joined the team in 2006, directly from the Corporate sector. Catherine is FCCA qualified and has a Diploma in Charity Accounting. Catherine has over twenty years’ experience of working with charity accounts, within Porchlight she oversees the finance function, IT and compliance.

Sarah Dennis Assoc CIPD, Human Resources Director

Sarah joined Porchlight in 2015 and has worked in various roles with in the HR team.  She is a professionally qualified member of the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) having completed the Level 7 Diploma in Human Resource Management, and has a degree in Business, Marketing and Advertising.  Sarah oversees the HR and volunteering function within the charity.

Jo Dawes MINstF, Director of Fundraising & Communications

Jo joined Porchlight in January 2014 having worked in the fundraising team in a number of national charities over the last 12 years.

As Director of Fundraising and Communications, Jo is responsible for growing income from trusts and foundations, individual givers, corporates, community groups and events. The income raised funds Porchlight’s helpline, rough sleeper team and jobs, education and training support. Jo is also responsible for Porchlight’s brand and external reputation. Her team manage the production of all communication materials, including the website and social media channels.

Chris Coffey CIHCM, Director of Operations

Chris has worked for Porchlight in various management roles since 2009. He has a background in both the voluntary and public sector, providing services for young people and adults at risk of homelessness and social exclusion. 

Aidan Gray, Director of Development and Innovation

Aidan Gray has worked in the social care sector for 30 years; this has included mental health, addiction and most recently homelessness.

During the 1990s he helped to pioneer effective treatment approaches to working with crack and cocaine dependency and developed a range of CBT tools that incorporated a neurological understanding of different substances and how these affected thinking and behaviour. In a consultancy role, has worked with various government departments such as the Cabinet Office, Home Office and Department of Health and has also been significantly involved in the development of approaches to working with methamphetamine, alcohol and wellbeing in the Czech Republic.