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Paul Wilkinson, manager

Our manager and our longest serving employee. Paul has been with CHAC since we opened in 1991.




I’m a lecturer in law at the University of Kent with an interest in property and social justice, which led to an interest in contributing to the work of CHAC in Canterbury and the surrounding area. I joined CHAC as a trustee in 2015 and appointed chair of the Management Committee in November that year.


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, vice-chair

A social housing professional for over 25 years with experience of housing associations and local authorities. Originally from Durham, now lives in Whitstable with her partner and 3 dogs.


Viv Gambling, Company Secretary

Vivien is a solicitor at Kent Law Clinic at the University of Kent, undertaking casework and also teaching law students. Vivien has a particular interest in housing law including homelessness law, and has campaigned for changes in the areas of housing law, legal aid and access to justice.

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JON king, treasurer

I currently work as a Business and Facilities Manager at UKC. A large part of my role is managing finances; various large budgets and associated financial processes. I am almost a chartered accountant, with a couple of exams remaining. I agreed to take on the role of CHAC Treasurer in late 2017 to broaden my experiences of the charity sector and to also give something back to the local community. Outside of work I am a family man and an avid Liverpool fan.


Peter Ash, trustee

I joined CHAC as a trustee in May 2018 with a focus on fundraising activities and I'm looking forward to helping CHAC as it's a very worthwhile cause. I spent over 28 years working in various roles and locations in the Energy Sector and hopefully I can apply my skills & experience to my CHAC trustee role.

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nick jackson, trustee

Nick Jackson has been a CHAC trustee for many years and used to chair the Management Committee. Before retiring, he taught at the University of Kent and became involved with CHAC through teaching land law and housing to a number of ex-members of staff.


Tessa o’sullivan, trustee

I have worked in the homelessness and social housing sector for over 20 years and have been a Trustee of CHAC since October 2017. I became a Trustee through my desire to support CHAC which I believe to be an invaluable service to people in housing need and at risk of homelessness. I previously worked there for 10 years so know first-hand how much the service is needed; unfortunately the current housing crisis means that need is increasing.


Sarah Slowe, Trustee

Sarah joined as a trustee in March 2019. Sarah is the Head of the Office for Scholarly Communication at University of Kent. She has a background in research support including grant applications and is hoping these skills will useful as a CHAC trustee. A lover of challenges, that may be linked to fundraising activities, Sarah is chief coffee drinker and likes to talk (a lot).

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marta Taranda, trustee

As a student at the University of Kent I joined a student society, Canterbury Homeless Outreach, which assisted homeless people and supported local charities. One of the organisations supported by CHO was CHAC. I initially joined CHAC as a representative of CHO, but after leaving CHO became a trustee. I feel proud to belong to an organisation which strives to ensure that people have somewhere to live.