Rob Parkinson - chief executive


Rob Parkinson has been chief executive of Home-Start UK since September 2013. In his previous role as chief executive of Action Homeless, Rob worked with people living with the consequences of growing up in a family with multiple and complex needs decades earlier. Frustrated at only being able to fire-fight, he decided he wanted to work in early intervention to help solve problems now, before they became the crises of the future.

Vivien Waterfield - deputy chief executive

Vivien joined Home-Start in 1998. She has held the post of director of fundraising and communications for 11 years and was appointed deputy chief executive in 2012. Vivien is passionate about social justice, opportunity and potential. She leads the charity's new business development, external relations and service development activity. Vivien is a trustee of Curve Theatre in Leicester and lives in the city with her husband and two daughters.

Elizabeth Young - director for research evaluation and policy


Elizabeth is responsible for measuring the impact of the organisation’s work, as well as influencing family and volunteer policy across four nations of the UK. Her background is in nursing and medical sociology and she has an interest in researching sensitive topics, focus group methodology and more recently in evaluation and organizational development.

Elizabeth Young

Pete Thomas - director of finance and corporate services

Pete joined Home-Start UK in June 2014. Over more than 10 years in the charity sector Pete’s passion has been to secure maximum impact for charitable resources through strong financial management and good governance. As a father of three young children Pete recognised the exceptional value offered and vital need met by Home-Start’s approach to support for families.

Pete Thomas, Home-Start UK Finance Director

Home-Start UK staff

Home-Start UK employs more than 39 staff.  All employees of Home-Start UK contribute to the support given to the network of local Home-Starts throughout the country and with British Forces in Germany and Cyprus. Home-Start UK provides local Home-Starts with up-to-date training for staff, volunteers and trustees; information and guidance on governance; legal and human resources advice; help with fundraising; national communications and profile raising; lobbying of national and local government and funders; providing national quality standards; supporting community groups to set up new local Home-Starts and representing Home-Start on national fora.

Local Home-Start staff

More than 1,800 staff are employed by local Home-Starts across the country and with British Forces in Germany and Cyprus. Day-to-day operations within each local Home-Start are carried out by a small team of paid staff who recruit, train, and offer ongoing support and guidance to volunteers. Last year nearly 15,000 home visiting volunteers gave their time to make a difference to a family in their community.