Each year, we have an expert committee who help us select our Tipping Point grantees. Check out the impressive committee we had in 2020, and keep an eye out for new members later this year!
Catherine Rowlands is a barrister specialising in public law, especially social housing and community care, as well as property and other civil litigation. Catherine has extensive expertise in social housing and has appeared in some of the landmark cases in that area. She has conducted many homelessness appeals before both County Court and Court of Appeal. Catherine also advises councils on homelessness and allocations issues.
Dr Caroline Shulman
Dr Caroline Shulman is a clinician and researcher in Homeless and Inclusion Health. She worked for a number of years as a general practitioner providing primary care in a specialist homeless practice and as clinical lead for a multidisciplinary homeless Pathway team based in a hospital. Currently she is acting homeless health clinical advisor at Healthy London Partnership where she has been involved in the pan-London COVID-19 homelessness response.
Daniel Lavelle is a freelance feature writer from Manchester. He left care at 19 and experienced homelessness for the first time not long after. He has covered topics such as mental health and homelessness for the Guardian, New Statesman and the Independent.In 2017 he received the Guardian’s Hugo Young award for an opinion piece on his experience of homelessness. ‘The Empty Doorway’ won Feature of the Year at the British Journalism Awards 2019 and has been nominated for the same award at the National Press Awards 2020. His first book Down and Out will be published by Wildfire in 2022.
In Martin’s own words: “In the past I’ve made some bad choices that left me feeling hopeless; as if there was no light at the end of the tunnel”. When Martin started rebuilding his life, he volunteered as a peer supporter. He worked with clients and community based groups to support people in making positive changes to their lives. Recently, he joined Independent Futures (IF) and, since COVID, has worked alongside commissioners from the council creating clearer pathways for rough sleepers. As part of IF, he helps services in Bristol work more smoothly for complex needs clients, incorporating service users every step of the way.
Dr Gina Netto
As Reader in International and Forced Migration at Heriot Watt University, Gina has a longstanding interest in the circumstances of individuals who have been forcibly displaced and those who have chosen to migrate. Her research has focused on the inequalities they face in accessing a range of public services including housing (homelessness), health and social care. She has worked with organisations including the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, the EU-funded International Centre for Migration Policy Development. She is currently part of the Scottish Government’s COVID-19 and Ethnicity Expert Reference Group and its Labour Market Strategy Group.