The PIE Futures group

Who's here?

Below - in simple alphabetical order  - are the names, images and some brief biographical detail of (most of) those who have already said they'd want to be part of this initiative.

There are some areas in this huge subject that I feel are not yet, or not clearly, represented. But if the group were to grow, to broaden still further the representation, there is the risk of it becoming already too large to function - unless we have sub-groups.

The video here - posted originally on our new 'Slack' messages board - asks if we might need to consider that sooner rather than later?

  • Public health and/or primary care
  • General needs housing (or staff of care and support divisions)
  • Commissioning and/or local government
  • Substance (ab?)use
  • Criminal justice (working on it!)
  • Psychiatric care and related support needs
  • Europe and beyond ( Australia, the US and Canada)
  • What else?


Other possible areas to want represented?


Fran Anderson

Hello PIElinkers! My name is Fran and I am Head of Income & Development at Justlife.  Justlife is the co-secretariat of the newly formed Households in Temporary Accommodation All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG). You can find out more about us and our work here.

I am fairly new to the sector, making the move from a research role 3 years ago, having become increasingly passionate about people’s right to a stable and secure home whilst volunteering at Brighton night shelter. I am particularly interested in the application of PIEs in settings like TA where people do not always have control over the physical environment. I also get very excited about using human centred design as a tool to coproduce services that really meet the needs of people with lived experience.

I very much look forward to meeting you all!

Fran Anderson

Hannah Deignan

Hi all, I’m Hannah and I coordinate a regional YMCA project which focuses on improving access to YMCA accommodation and support for young people aged 16 to 25 who are experiencing complex Needs ( I also manage the complex needs service at YMCA Leicestershire which is where I am based.

I have a keen interest in supporting organisations to develop environments that are psychologically informed and am eager to support and explore the development of PIE particularly in relation to homeless settings for young people and in its application to systems change.

I am a Social Worker and Systemic Practitioner and am looking forward to developing my knowledge and practice through contributing to the Advisory Group.



Sian Erickson

I work with various agencies to train peer mentors, supporting vulnerable families and children to change entrenched behaviours, with strength based approaches, role modelling healthy behaviours, identifying a sense of purpose.


NB: There's a 10 minute interview with Sian on the PIElink, HERE

Sian Evans

Hi, I’m Siân and I’ve worked in housing and homelessness for over 20 years.  I’m the Living Well Manager for United Welsh.  The Living Well service has sheltered accommodation as well as two extra care sites, accommodating the over 55’s.      We also have a Connect Team who work with our residents to support them to live their best lives, by providing client led activities across our services such as an inter-generational choir, gardening projects and more.

I am passionate about PIE and working in a person-centred way.   PIE completely changed my way of working and I haven’t looked back.   I’m delighted to be part of the advisory group and look forward to learning and growing my professional practice as part of this group.



Cara Gibbons

Cara has been working with Focus Ireland for over 20 years. She has been manager of various Dublin projects and has worked directly with homeless families, single adults, infants, young children, and teenagers across Focus Ireland’s various housing services.

Cara was involved in a PIE pilot in Focus Ireland's emergency accommodation for families in 2012/13 and is a member of the small group at the helm of introducing, promoting, and currently embedding PIE into Focus Ireland across all departments.

Cara has very recently become the Housing First trainer for Focus Ireland and is based in County Dublin, Ireland. Some of the tasks will include supporting the design of a psychological environment based on Housing First and trauma informed philosophies.

When not working Cara likes bouldering, rock climbing and being outside.

Cara and her colleague Ger Spillane will share the work of representing their service.


Juliette Hough

An independent researcher with an MSc in Social Research Methods. Based in West Yorkshire, I work across the UK. I’ve been conducting research and evaluations with people experiencing homelessness, multiple disadvantage and related experiences for 20 years. I supported three of the local Fulfilling Lives programmes with evaluation – in Manchester, Newcastle & Gateshead, and the South East. I’m interested in psychologically informed methodologies and approaches to research and evaluation, and helping to capture learning and evidence about the PIE approach.

(Robin's note: there is a video made from a presentation that Juliette and her colleague Becky Rice made at the first national conference on research and evidence in PIEs in the Library:  HERE.)

Robin Johnson

I guess most - but maybe not all - folk here will know me as the editor of the PIElink, and the principal theorist and modeller of PIEs, since I first suggested the phrase, some 12 years or more ago.

What you may not know is that 40 years ago my Masters in Social Administration dissertation (HERE) was on the variety and the underlying commonality in therapeutic communities. You could see all my work in the 21st Century ws really just about recognising the same issues, now appearing in a much wider range of services.

And if you think I'm a bright spark and pretty energetic, you should see my daughter, who is now a professor of philosophy at Harvard.


Patricia Mazure

As a clinical psychologist I have provided clinical services to people of all ages and with a wide range of complex presentations. My clinical interests have included work with children and adults who are neuro-diverse, particularly those with learning disabilities, diagnostic assessment, emotion dysregulation, attachment disorder and trauma.

Currently, I am CEO of a psychologically informed housing association and consult with a specialist supported living property developer and investment company who provide homes to people with learning disabilities and mental health. I am passionate and committed to considering the built environment through a psychological and trauma informed lens in order to mitigate against triggers and harm and promote psychological and emotional well-being. I am in the process of creating a dynamic framework from which to generate design solutions to complex presentations.


John McGlone

Hello everyone,  I’m John and I come from a background of experiencing homelessness.

In January 2017 I was sleeping rough and in a YMCA night shelter. In 2018, I got a room in a hostel for the homeless. I was there for 8 months and then I moved to supported accommodation and spent 6 months there until returning to independent living in 2019.   I now work with Crisis as a Member Consultant on the PIE Advisory Group and also on the Framing Language Project.

I enjoy many interests in life, including music, history, literature and art. I also have an interest in creating a fairer society, in which we can reduce stigma and marginalisation, and all have a chance to fulfil our aims, aspirations and ambitions in life.


Patrick McKay

Patrick McKay is Operational Manager for Turning Point Scotland. These details are on the TPS website

Ensuring that Turning Point Scotland’s operational staff are delivery high quality and effective interventions to the people who use our services. Making sure that services not only fit people, but that people are at the very heart of what we do.

  • Responsibility for all Turning Point Scotland’s Operational staff
  • Ensuring that we are compliant with all regulatory bodies
  • Developing services that respond to the needs of people
  • Ensuring that all people who use our services are able to maximise their potential

“The best part of working for Turning Point Scotland is working in an organisation that sees people and not labels.


Ray Middleton

Dr Ray Middleton is an independent trainer at offering training on PIE, PRe-Treatment, PTMF, Reflective Practice and Trauma Informed Practice.

Ray is the Workforce Development Lead for the Fulfilling Lives programme and due to joint the Zebra Collective.

Ray has a PhD on dialogical/narrative approaches to complex trauma and is on the National Steering Committee for the Power Threat Meaning framework (PTMF) and has written a chapter for a book opening a dialogue between America and the UK about innovative approaches to people without a home (Cross Cultural Dialogues on Homelessness).

Previously, Ray has set up and managed personality disorder services, been a senior care co-coordinator in an early intervention in psychosis service and is a systemic practitioner within systemic family therapy. Ray has personal lived experience of surviving the psychiatric system in the 1990’s, an experience which motivates him to improve staff skills and services for others in the future.


Pete Smith

As Director of Sector Development at Homeless Link, the national membership body for frontline homelessness services, Pete  leads the practice development, regional partnerships work, membership programme and events, training and consultancy offering.

Pete returned to Homeless Link in October 2020, where he was previously Head of Partnerships, following two years’ secondment as a Rough Sleeping Advisor at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). Prior to joining Homeless Link in 2014, he managed Sunderland City Council’s Housing Advice and Homelessness Service.

NB: Pete Smith and Alex Smith (no relation!) have now agreed with  that he will the person representing the whole of Homeless Link here.
(But we can bring back Alex as and when it is Housing First specifically that needs addressing or representing.)


Ger Spillane

Ger's details are coming soon.

(For now, what we can say is that he is the PIE lead for Focus Ireland, the biggest single homelessness services in Southern Ireland, and the co-ordinating agency for a network of regular all-agency forum-style events for services there. Ger and Focus are also involved with FEANTSA.)

Ger and his colleague Cara Gibbons will share the work of representing their service.


photo coming soon!

Kate Standing

We don't yet have confirmed permission to share  Kate's details here.

For the moment, suffice it to say that she works in one of the St Martin in the Fields Frontline Networks.


Anna Tickle

I am a clinical psychologist with two roles, based in Nottingham.

I work most of the week with Framework, a large East Midlands provider of housing, substance misuse and employment and skills services. This includes working with Opportunity Nottingham, which is one of the 12 national Fulfilling Lives project, although that is due to close (as planned after 8 years) in June.

My other role is as Associate Professor and Senior Research Tutor on the Trent Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, where I am lucky to supervise trainee clinical psychologists who are keen to carry out research regarding to homelessness and related issues.


Natalie Timothy

I am a Research Associate for HarmonI, a charity in Northern Ireland. I studied at the University of Striling graduating with a MSc in Health Psychology in 2021. I have worked in a range of setting with a range of people from those with severe and enduring mental health conditions to individuals with disability and ASD. My personal interests lie particularly in health and behaviour change.

Currently HarmonI are going through a period of change – the new strategy “research – knowledge-action” has led me on a journey to find new and more effective ways of delivering services both at our Men’s Hostel in Belfast and Supported Living Service in Bangor. Through this research process it has become clear that PIE and its pillars aligns well to the desired ethos and philosophy of HarmonI and the aspiration for both services.

As a researcher and organisation, both myself and HarmonI are in the very early stages of embarking on our PIE journey, however being one of the first services (to my knowledge) to put the principles of PIE into practice in Northern Ireland we are keen to evidence our findings and share knowledge with the wider sector, working closely with the Housing Executive, other policy makers and service providers.

I look forward to learning from everyone and their expertise as HarmonI embarks on its journey to become a PIE.



Tassie Weaver

 – Freelance Trainer/Consultancy

Tassie began her career working in a range of rough sleeping services in London, including hospital discharge work and No Second Night Out. On leaving London, Tassie moved to Yorkshire to work with people facing multiple disadvantage. Tassie then went on to work as Head of Operations at the MEAM (Making Every Adult Matter) coalition, building and supporting a large cross-sector network of partnerships across England working to transform services and systems for people facing multiple disadvantage.

Whilst working in services, Tassie developed a particular interest in understanding people’s behavioural and emotional responses and how this impacted on the way they were able to engage with support (or not). Tassie returned to university to study for an MA in Psychology and has since been committed to applying a psychological framework to her work.

Whilst at MEAM, Tassie has been focussed on developing an understanding of how systems respond to trauma, how systems themselves traumatise, and how we can develop a way of working across systems that truly empowers people and avoids the more harmful impact that systems can have. Tassie remains focussed on this today, now working in a freelance capacity.


Anthony Vaughan

I’m the Head of PIE Operations & Therapeutic Services for The Wallich. We are the largest Welsh Homeless Charity with around 550 staff members working at over 70 services across the country, that operate under three core objectives: getting people off the streets; keeping people off the streets; and creating opportunities for people.

My role involves assisting the organisation to achieve its Strategic Priority No.5: To become a truly psychologically informed organisation. This means I have an interest in all areas of PIE and its ongoing development, but my previous experience of working in and managing services also means I am keen to make following a PIE approach as easily understandable and applicable to those on the frontline as possible.


Thursday 07 October 2021

Gwen Wells

I work for Right There (formerly Y People) in Scotland.  Our vision is “a world where everyone has an equal chance to create a safe and supportive place to call home”

I am the Learning & Development Lead at Right There and I am passionate about discovering what works in supporting people with their journeys to recovery, home, connections and wellbeing.  I am new to the sector and am excited about working with a wide range of curious experts to develop the offering I bring to Right There and wider networks in Scotland.


Emma W

We don't yet have confirmed permission to share Emma's details here.

For the moment, suffice it to say that you can her about her/their work here: HERE