Our spokespeople

We provide analysis and comment on a wide range of topics related to mental health, learning disabilities, homelessness and young people services. Several of our spokespeople have experience of using our services, and either work for us or are supported by us.

Many of our spokespeople are available to speak and all are available to comment, whether publicly or anonymously, on their areas of expertise. Please see below for more information.

Contact communications@lookahead.org.uk to be put in touch with our spokespeople.

Chris Hampson

Chief Executive

Chris is available to comment or speak on:

  • Strategy
  • Policy
  • All aspects of supported housing

Read more about Chris.

Julie Blair

Director of People

Julie is available to comment or speak on:

  • HR
  • Learning and Development
  • Communications functions
  • People Transformation
  • People and change
  • Housing
  • Charities

Read more about Julie.

Irmani Smallwood

Director of Business Development and Innovation

Irmani is available to comment or speak on:

  • Supported housing and its role in helping meet the needs of people with learning disabilities, mental health, care leavers and homeless people
  • Capital development of supported housing
  • Contracts and commissioning in adult social care and the NHS

Read more about Irmani.

Alex Seery

Director of Care

Alex is available to comment or speak on:

  • Learning disabilities
  • Mental health
  • Transforming care
  • Housing, where it relates to care and support

Read more about Alex.

Guy Robinson

Director of Housing and Support

Guy is available to comment or speak on:

  • Homelessness
  • Substance misuse
  • Young people
  • Care and supply
  • Supported housing
  • Compliance
  • Asset management
  • Care leavers

Read more about Guy.

Sarnjeet Banwait

Deputy Director of Care

Sarnjeet is available to comment or speak on:

  • Mental health services and pathways
  • Recovery/Crisis House
  • Forensic models
  • Integrated models with housing support and clinical input

Nicole Njie

Deputy Director of Housing & Support, Senior Management Team

Nicole is available to comment or speak on:

  • Homelessness, complex needs and supported housing
  • Supported housing, integrated health & housing pathways
  • Young people services
  • Criminal justice (housing related support, risk management, property acquisition)
  • Transformation, quality improvement and service redesign
  • Contract management (major contracts)

Allyson Kay

Head of Learning Disability and Autism Services

Allyson is available to comment or speak on:

  • Learning disabilities
  • Wider housing

Vasos Korkou

Head of Business Development

Vasos is available to comment or speak on:

  • Commissioning models
  • Sector trends
  • Partnership models

Our  Experts by Experience (EBEs) have direct experience of using our services. The EBE training programme offers our customers the opportunity to share their personal experiences with our staff teams. When our staff learn from our customers directly they develop the skills to deliver better support.

Contact us to be put in touch with an Expert by Experience in any of the following areas:*

  • Learning Disabilities
  • Homelessness and Complex Needs
  • Mental Health
  • Young People and Care Leavers

*Some of our EBEs are not listed here. EBEs are not always available.

Alain English

Alain is an actor and a poet based in London. He has extensive experience acting on stage. Alain performs regularly in “Stealth Aspies”, a show about life on the autistic spectrum. He works with our support workers instructing them about supporting people with autism/Asperger’s Syndrome.

Alain is available to comment or speak on:

  • autism/Asperger’s Syndrome and any developments related to this subject
  • teaching and training support workers as part of the Look Ahead EBE programme