About us - Our senior team

Peter Little – Chief Executive Officer

Peter has a background in supported housing, learning disabilities, mental health and working with young offenders. He was the Senior Officer at Outward responsible for leading the charity into joining the Newlon Group in February 2001. This move has been a great success for Outward and for its customers, resulting in new opportunities and expansion into new geographical areas. It has also enabled Outward to develop new innovative services and solutions.

Peter is highly committed to ensuring that customers are at the heart of what Outward does and that they drive forward the quality agenda for the organisation. He also strongly believes that volunteering can change lives and build communities, and has succeeded in positioning Outward as a leader in the field of volunteering in social care. We are already seeing the positive outcomes this can achieve.

Nicky Boland - Director of Business Development

Nicky has worked in adult social care for over 25 years, starting out working in care homes for the elderly and volunteering at Mencap’s holiday clubs for children with disabilities on moving to London.

Nicky went on to manage care homes and supported housing for people with a learning disability before moving over to quality and business development roles.

Nicky has been in her current role since 2012. As well as overseeing business development activities, Nicky has overall responsibility for Outward’s volunteering, quality assurance, and central service functions.

Katie Gutheim - Director of Care and Support

Katie studied social pedagogy in Germany and has a background in education and children's services. Katie started out working in a care home as a student and has worked in learning disability services for the past 10 years in the UK, supporting directly as well as holding local, operational and senior management roles.

Katie has been in her current role since June 2016. She is the director of all learning disabilities services and the CQC nominated individual for Outward. Responsible for ensuring compliance, Katie is committed to bringing to life our mission to deliver high-quality personalised services for the people we support.

Deborah Hammond - Director of Supported Housing

Deborah has worked in care and support services for over 30 years, starting out as a Supported Housing Officer before going on to manage services for a range of client groups including: young people, learning disability, older people, offenders, rough sleepers and mental health.

Deborah joined Outward in 2007 as the manager of a Supported Living Service for people with learning disabilities, following which she became an Area Manager in the Care & Support department before being appointed as Outward's Director of Supported Housing.

Deborah is committed to delivering high-quality housing and support services that sustain tenancies and enable Outward customers to increase their levels of independence. She is leading the Supported Housing Team to deliver an excellent and efficient supported housing service.

Corinne Seymour - Director of Human Resources

Corinne has worked in the voluntary and public sector for a number of years in HR and organisational development, working in partnership on transformational change programmes in housing, health and social care, criminal justice and offender management.

Before joining Outward in 2017, Corinne was working at the Housing Ombudsman Service and in large and smaller housing and social care providers and for the crime reduction charity Nacro.

Corinne is committed to promoting whole system thinking, and creating the environment that enables and stimulates organisational learning and puts people at the heart of our success – our colleagues and our customers.