In The Office
Lolly Bell - Project Manager
As Project Manager my focus is to ensure that every enquirer approaching LATCH for help and advice is listened to, supported and assessed to determine their needs. I welcome new hosts and supervise placements for homeless people in their homes. A priority is to support and guide clients and hosts to build household harmony whilst observing the terms of their shared Licence Agreement. Creating personal support plans for each client promotes a way forward and gradual progression towards independent living. Liaising with agencies such as local council’s Housing Options and Housing Benefits, DWP, Foodbanks, Community Links Bromley, Bromley Well, Citizens Advice Bureau, local housing associations, other third sector voluntary organisations and churches enables us to offer wrap-around support whilst accessing all the help available within the Bromley community. Together, we build working partnerships and so outreach of our service to areas of need also falls under my remit. Working together with churches, the local community and businesses, small groups, schools and colleges is key to raise awareness for hidden homelessness and to increase visibility of the service we provide so anyone finding themselves in a homeless situation knows where to come for help.
The charity’s trustees are the BCHA Executive Committee, which comprises of three officers – the Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer – and currently, two other members. The members are all volunteers and include representatives of different denominations in the borough, along with others in sympathy with the charity’s aims.
Julia Poulter - BCHA Chair
Julia is a Chartered Accountant with nearly 20 years' experience of auditing and advising charities and social housing providers. She is a Partner of Crowe UK LLP, the leading provider of audit and related services to the charity sector and 8th largest global accountancy firm. Julia has lived in Bromley borough all her life and took over as Chair of BCHA in June 2018 as she is keen to use her extensive knowledge of charity finance and governance for the good of her community. Julia is passionate about helping others and working to end homelessness.
Ann Downes - Treasurer
Romilly Turton - Trustee
Romilly, who is now retired, has long been committed to alleviating the plight of the homeless. After spending many years teaching in Africa, he trained as an accountant in England and became a regular volunteer for Crisis. He was Treasurer of Latch in 2014-2015 and again in 2018-2019.
Richard Collins - Trustee
Richard qualified as a Chartered Accountant and is now the Chief Operating Officer of a real estate asset management business. He lives in Bromley and has been a supporter of homeless charities throughout his career. Richard became a trustee in June 2018.
Martin Poupard - Trustee
Martin qualified as a solicitor in 1975 after having completed 5 year Articles in Anerley. He was then employed as a solicitor in a High Street practice in Bromley dealing with all forms of Civil, Criminal and Family litigation. Martin then became a partner in that 2/3 partner practice. His firm was taken over by a larger Bromley practice where he was then employed for the next 15 years before taking retirement in 2017. For the last 25 years of his career he had focused exclusively on Family Law. Martin has been a sleep-over volunteer at the Bromley Winter Night Shelter for the last two years and has also been volunteering at The Passage in central London.
Councillor Hannah Gray - Mayor Of Bromley 2020-2021
Traditionally, the Mayor holds this post for the duration of their term as Mayor of Bromley. We wish Cllr Gray every success in her new role and wish to express our gratitude to Cllr Nicholas Bennett who chose LATCH as one of his two charities for the Mayor's Charity Appeal 2019-2020. Thanks go to Cllr Bennett and his wife Ruth for their great work in riasing visibility of LATCH and hidden homelessness in and around the London Borough of Bromley. Cllr Nicholas's charity appeal raised £5000 which was split equally between LATCH and CarePlus Bromley in May 2020.
We owe our thanks to the following founders and previous trustees of BCHA who have enabled the success of the LATCH Project:
Rev. Duncan Aitkins, Beryl Alexander, Patsy Alexander, Anthony Atherton, Jonathan Beck, Roderick Caie, Ranjana Chauhan, Geoff Colton, Mary Ann Cooper, Brendan Donegan, Colin England, David Fagan, Michael Fagan, Rosie Finch, Ron Finch, Malcolm Goodwin, Sarah Hinchliffe, Jack Hodson, Lisa Hodson, Carol Humberstone, Judith Mascarenhas, Cora Marler, Catherine McConnon, Irene Travers, Alice Power, Ella Power, Valerie Power, Ed Tree and John Warren.