Vivien Waterfield - Acting 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.

Pete Thomas - Chief Operating Officer

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

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 the UK 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.