Bishop Creighton House has changed its operating name to The Creighton Centre with effect from June 2023.


A small charity with a big impact

Management and Trustee teams


Lee Smith, Chair of Trustees

Lee Smith, Chair of Trustees
Trustee since 2012


Lee has worked in the charitable sector for over 20 years, including Mind, the mental health charity, at national and local levels.  Lee, who is also a psychoanalyst working in private practice, is director and co-owner of Kingsmith Care, a homecare company.  Lee has been a trustee of the charity for four years.He lives in Fulham.

Rhys Owen


Rhys is a chartered surveyor with 28 years experience in the construction industry. He has worked in private practice for the bulk of that time (23 years) with the remainder as a member of staff at BCH working as a Technical Officer for Care & Repair. His roles range widely, from Contract administration, to planning / design matters, to party wall surveyor and dilapidations.

Sidona Assefa


Sidona is the Operations and Live-in Care Co-Ordinator. at Kingsmith Care and has lived locally for over 10 years. Before joining Kingsmith Care, she worked as a Policy Officer for National Survivor User Network (NSUN), ensuring policy is responsive and relevant to people who live with mental health issues.
Sidona, a keen advocate for equality and inclusion, has previously volunteered at Toynbee Hall in research projects that create new ways to help those who find themselves in poverty such as a Participatory Action Research on the needs of older people and Poverty Proofing the school day. She then joined London Metropolitan University where she worked as a Research Assistant on a Cancer research project and as a Success Coach supporting students with their academic work.

Omid Miri


Omid has been an elected ward councillor for Fulham Reach in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham since May 2022. In addition to his duties representing residents, advocating on their behalf, and engaging with local stakeholders and businesses, he is also Chair of the Planning and Development Control Committee in the local authority with the third-highest land values in the country. He also sits on the Social Inclusion and Community Safety Committee, which is tasked with scrutinising the Council's policy on crime and inclusion. In his day job he is a specialist caseworker in the office of Andy Slaughter MP, responsible primarily for immigration and asylum cases.

Nikos Souslous


Nikos was born and grew up in Greece and has been living in Hammersmith & Fulham since 2013. He studied History at UCL and worked as a researcher and a teaching assistant over a number of years. Subsequently he moved to the charity sector, working with local community project The Smile Brigade and was a co-founder and director at Ready Tech Go. He started work as the Campaigns Organiser for the local Labour Party in 2022 and was also elected councillor for Fulham Reach in May of that year. He has volunteered for Bishop Creighton House/The Creighton Centre since 2020 and is also a trustee for Hammersmith United Charities, Dr Edward & Bishop Kings (DEBK) Fulham Charity and the Hammersmith Lyric Theatre.

Alex Hearn


Alex has worked in the creative sector for 25 years. After doing illustrations for The Guardian newspaper, Alex gained experience working in advertising, branding, graphic design, web design and marketing. Alex is currently Creative Director for design consultancy The Big A.

Raika Hadipour


Raika, an FCCA qualified accountant, has over 10 years of experience in Commercial Finance, Business Partnering, and FP&A across diverse industries. Mainly focusing her career streamlining processes, and enhancing profitability across various high growth industries.

Management Team

Rory Gillert

Chief Executive & Company Secretary since 2007

Rory has worked in the private and public sectors and in the third sector since 1985. He has worked in the fields of homelessness, mental health, substance misuse and criminal justice, holding senior positions at Open Door Housing Trust/St George CT, National Association for the Care & Resettlement of Offenders (NACRO), Look Ahead Housing Association, Alcohol Recovery Project, The Big Issue Foundation and Broadway Housing, amongst others.

He has held trustee positions at three charitable organisations and was a primary school governor for three years.

Born in Manchester, he went to Urmston Grammar School and studied English and Philosophy at Lancaster University.

Matthew Byrne

Care & Repair Manager since 1999

Matthew has worked for The Creighton Centre for 14 years, initially joining as Care & Repair Caseworker in 1999, progressing to Casework Manager and then to his current role as Care & Repair Manager. He is responsible for running the Care & Repair project and is also part of the BCH Management Team.

He has experience working in the private and local government sectors. Prior to joining The Creighton Centre he worked for Croudace Construction, working on-site within the management team on various commercial and housing schemes.

In 1996 he joined Rochford District Council’s Environment Dept to work as a grant officer, administering Renovation and Disabled Facilities Grants as well as becoming their energy efficiency specialist. He worked closely with the local Home Improvement Agency and from there decided he would like to pursue a career in that sector.

He has an honours degree in Construction Management from Southbank University.

Caecilia Isidore

Safer Homes & Community Centre Manager since 2008

Caecilia joined BCH in 2008 as the project coordinator for the children's home safety project, CARES.  As a mother of 4 she has a passion for the safety and development of all children.  Caecilia then took over the role of manager of Safer Homes and her aim is to bring safety to the home for all those who all too often remain hidden or sidelined.  The practical help that this project provides not only keeps young children and those who are elderly or disabled safe within their homes but the contact that is provided helps the recipient grown in confidence and wellbeing and provides those who are elderly with the opportunity to continue living independently for as long as possible.  In 2020 Caecilia also took on the management of the Community Centre.  She is compassionate and committed to supporting the whole community and maximising its social functioning, and recognises the intrinsic value of each individual within it.

Caecilia has an honours degree in Applied Social Science from Coventry University.

Jessica Lawn

Older People's Services Manager since 2021

Jess joined The Creighton Centre 5 years ago, initially Co-ordinating the integrated care partnership, Keep Active, providing volunteer-led rehabilitation support for older people across West London. She has since stepped into the role of Older People’s Services Manager, which covers our wide-ranging befriending and rehabilitation projects. In addition, Jess is part of the Management team.

With over 10 years’ experience working within the third sector Jess has delivered and managed services focusing on empowering and enabling people to live more independent, healthy and full lives. Passionate about community involvement, Jess has also always been involved in volunteering herself e.g. As a mentor to teenagers living with disabilities, a care home befriender and she is currently involved with a range of Dementia focused befriending projects.

Jess has a Bachelor of Science degree in Geophysics from Durham University. When not working she is busy with her cheeky little toddlers, and when not covered in mess she enjoys music, nature and pigs (of course!).