About Us

If our mission is to provide every person the opportunity for a fresh start, providing a route out of homelessness and a chance at community reconnection and a more positive future, then our values reflect the way in which we work together to achieve that.

Our Permanent Team

Safeguarding Officer

They report directly to the board, ensuring there is always an independent oversite with regards to the safety and safeguarding of the vulnerable people we work with. This role is paramount to protecting our users from abuses associated with vulnerability due to their homeless status.

Housing and Customer Reintegration Officer

It’s their responsibility to empower and carry out 1-to-1 engagement and tailored support to those we serve, to ensure everyone reaches their potential. They also support the prevention of future homelessness by working with patrons and volunteers.


Our handyman service ensures our property is in excellent condition and fit for purpose by carrying out cyclical maintenance, rotational renewal and replacement while ensuring reported repairs are carried out in a timely fashion with minimal hindrance to our customers.


Ensures our property is in excellent condition and fit for purpose by carrying out daily cleaning of the communal and surrounding areas of the property providing a homely feel for the property at all times.

All trustees have long term commitments to supporting Reconnected and were pivotal in starting the charity. With a total of more than 50 years in business and property they bring tangible strength and direction giving more than cash donations, their expertise, compassion and network are invaluable.

James Ackrill

Trustee and Chair since 2013 (also chairman of Centrick – a gold award winner in 2015), James is a successful, prominent entrepreneur and philanthropist. He specialises in residential and commercial management, build-to-rent (PRS), ground rent disposals, development and investment opportunities as well as sales and lettings agency and valuation)

Carina Ackrill

Trustee of Reconnected since 2013 and Director of Centrick Property. Carina is one of the driving figures behind Centrick’s growing success and plays an integral part in the continued expansion and growth of the business.  With over 15 years of experience in the property industry, Carina also has vast experience within the PR industry and helps to drive brand awareness of Centrick and Reconnected, along with building trusted relationships with both clients and partners. Carina is passionate about the city and making a change by providing opportunities.

Shane Bland

Trustee since 2013. With nearly 20 years’ experience in the property sector, specialising in bespoke property maintenance, COVID-19 Fogging, Property cleaning services, Caretaker Services, Grounds maintenance & Landscaping and Refurbishment works.

Fred Duncan

Trustee Since 2013. Fred is a prominent Homelessness and Social Housing advocate with over 18 years of sector experience. An experienced Housing and Homelessness Practitioner, Fred devises innovative systems that seek to prevent homelessness while addressing its root cause. Other specialisms include Contract Mobilisation, Capacity Building, Stakeholder Engagement and Service Improvement.

Tim Andrews MBE
Trustee since 2022. Tim has forged a successful career and business in Birmingham with various organisations. He founded Hollywood Monster in 1991 and acts as Chairman today. Hollywood Monster, a graphics firm has become one of the largest in its sector, with 70 employees and a £10m turnover with many blue chip companies. In late 2020, Tim became a Non-Executive Director for digital agency Lightbox and joined start-up tech firm Work From Here as a shareholder. Tim co-Founded LoveBrum in 2015 which unearths hidden gem volunteer-led organisations in the City and helps with funding and a platform to promote and build. Tim was awarded an MBE within the Queens Birthday list in 2001 for his services to charity and Birmingham.
Is this you?

We are always looking for new trustees with the experience and know-how to help move our charity forward. The role is voluntary, lasts 3 years and any trustee is expected to be available for six 2-hour meetings a year.

Please help us

If you want to get involved and want to donate money, time, expertise, awareness or even property to really make the difference in Birmingham we want to hear from you.

There is more than we can do and we need to do it together.

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What we do

Since we launched the charity in 2013, we have helped some of the most incredible people to rebuild their lives and move into long term accommodation.

Please help us make the change we all want to see.

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Our Values.

Proactive – We are proactive in finding and providing holistic remedies to homelessness and the resulting affects of it.

Transformative – We explore innovative ideas and ways to find speedy and effective remedies to homelessness in our community. 

Empathy –This is always at the front, back and centre of the service we provide to people affected by homelessness.

Do you share the same values and would like to help?

Hear from our Founders below.