Leadership Team

Leadership Team

Our Leadership Team reports directly into the Board of Trustees.

  • Mike Barrett

    Chief Executive Officer

  • Catherine Keen

    Finance Director

  • Peter Murphy

    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

  • Emma Scoones

    Director of Business Development

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 November 2006 coming direct from the corporate sector. She is a certified accountant with a specialist interest in charity accounts. She has 10 years experience as an auditor.

Peter Murphy​, Director of Human Resources

Peter joined the Porchlight team in September 2014, coming from the NHS where he was the director of HR for the local hospitals trust. He has worked in the public sector for the past 30 years and has held the professional HR qualification since 1992.

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.

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. 

Emma Scoones, Director of Business Development

Emma joined Porchlight in July 2014, having worked for an international charity in a range of programme development and funding roles. She has 13 years of experience securing grant and contract funding from the European Commission, UN agencies, national governments, local authorities and charitable trusts.

As the Director of Business Development, Emma is responsible for increasing Porchlight’s impact and influence in Kent and the South East. Emma writes bids to local authorities, to secure new services for Porchlight – in the coming year this will include accommodation services, young people services and community-based services. She builds partnerships with other voluntary sector organisations; working together we can provide even better support to our clients and more competitive bids.