About us - Our board

Jackie Ballard: Chair of Outward Housing

Jackie was born in Scotland, educated in Wales and has a degree in Social Psychology from the London School of Economics (LSE). She has had a varied career, including roles in social work and further education as well as political life. She has held elected office in four tiers of government - Town, District, County Council and Westminster.

Since she left politics in 2001, she has led four charities of different sizes (£1m to £110m turnover) - the RSPCA, Action on Hearing Loss, Womankind Worldwide and Alcohol Concern. She was a (non-exec) board member of IPSA (Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority) from its inception until January 2013.

Jackie is currently a Non-Exec Director of Eastside Primetimers (a not for profit consultancy), a member of the board of London Travelwatch and a Lay Member of the Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group.

Jackie as Chair of Outward is also a member of the Newlon Trust Board and is now Vice Chair of the Group.

George Barrow

George joined the board of Outward when Finsbury Park Homeless Families Project joined the Newlon Group as a subsidiary charity of Outward in 2012. George is a resident of Finsbury Park, an area of London with a significant number of families in temporary or unstable accommodation. Prior to chairing the Project, George was the chair of the Finsbury Park Action Group.

George is a civil servant at the Ministry of Justice working in policy making, currently around vulnerable offenders and those with protected characteristics. He has a background in rehabilitation, specifically the probation service, having been its Head of Communications until 2008. In this capacity, George worked to support the development of rehabilitation services in Albania, Turkey, Romania and Jamaica.

Katy Briggs

Katy currently works as Integrated Personal Commissioning Manager for Children in Islington. This focusses on developing personalised services for children and young people with mental health needs. Her previous job was in Lambeth, most recently as the Lead Commissioner for SEND, Children with Disabilities, Children Looked After and Public Health.

Previous roles have included Commissioner for Welfare Reform, including digital inclusion, and Contract Manager for Adults with Learning Disabilities.

Katy studied Business Studies at Cass Business School, City University.

Katy recently graduated from King's College London, having completed her Masters in Public Health.

Maria Grogan

Maria is a member of the Newlon Trust Board and joined Outward in December 2011. Within the Newlon Group she is also Chair of Access Homes and serves on the Audit and Risk Committee.

Maria has held various roles in Banking and Asset Management, focussing on Change and Product Development, including an Executive Board role at Allium Capital.

Maria's career has given her skills and experience in project and programme management, strategic planning, product development, business change and project & programme delivery.

Shelley Joyce

Shelley is currently a student at the London School of Economics undertaking an MSc in Gender, Development and Globalisation.

She joined the Outward Board in September 2014 and has 20 years' experience in strategic communications and organisational change, most recently at EY, where she delivered complex transformation initiatives.

Shelley has worked across multiple communication disciplines, including several years in public relations as well as marketing, for international organisations, including Accenture, BNY Mellon and H&K Strategies.

Shelley is originally from Northern Ireland and studied International Business and Languages at Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh. She has a Diploma in Public Relations and has worked and lived in New York and France. She has a WSET Advanced certificate in wine and is currently learning to play the piano. Her interests include politics, art, yoga, live music, travel and languages.

Tim Miller

Tim has a background in commissioning and policy for housing, support and care services. He has worked for a number of London boroughs and NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups and is currently the Lead Commissioner for Adult Mental Health in Haringey.

Tim previously worked in housing and homelessness services and was a board member for Pitsmoor Youth Housing Trust, a charity providing supported housing for young people in Sheffield.

Joyce Saunds

Joyce is currently Chief Executive of a charity that provides rough sleepers and street homeless people with hostel accommodation and facilitates changes that individuals strive to make in their lives.

She has specialised in performance auditing and strategic planning in fire, police and local authorities. She has a particular interest in support and enablement service provision for people with disabilities and people on the autism spectrum.

Susan Shakespeare

Susan works for the Department for Education and has worked on a number of programmes and policies about improving outcomes and opportunities for those often disadvantaged by society, including children and young people with special educational needs and groups that face educational barriers.

She is currently working on the restructuring of the further education sector following the Area Review Programme to support long-term sustainability and viability of the sector.

Edon Sojeva

Edon is originally from Kosovo and came to the UK in 1999 due to the war and other conflicts in the Balkans at that time.

He completed his GCSE's at Northumberland Park Community School in Tottenham and completed his undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the University of Westminster.

Edon joined the Board of Outward in March of 2016 in order to help the charity excel in its IT strategy and programmes. He has worked in Software Engineering and Delivery for over a decade in various industries, including those in private and public sector. He started his career as a software engineer and gradually moved to managing software delivery projects and teams.

Aside from software delivery activities, he also enjoys reading and researching best practice for software architecture and release processes, along with cyber security issues with which he likes to keep up-to-date.