At the heart of The Haven + London beats a wealth of experience.

Everyone working for The Haven + London does it because we love the creative community and what creatives bring to our world. Across our leadership, staff, volunteers and ambassadors there is a wealth of experience, expertise and empathy for the creative life and challenges therein.

Staff

Rev Peterson Feital
Rev Peterson FeitalChief Executive
I was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and now live in London with my beautiful wife and two amazing daughters. After setting up the first Anglican Centre for Pioneering Learning and receiving the John Wesley Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Spirit, I became the founder and Chief Executive of The Haven + London. I’ve always been passionate about creativity and the arts, and this led me to becoming the first Missioner to the Creative Industries for the Church of England. My work has always been rooted in helping the thinkers, shapers and makers of the world find their path in life. Nothing gives me greater joy than working closely with my fellow creatives; from fashion to film, oil paints to graffiti. Our charity was founded as a safe space and welcoming community for all creatives whatever their background or belief. As Chief Executive I believe strongly in leading by example and I personally deliver many of the one to one sessions that help our creatives to address the challenges in their lives. The need is great for this community and the work we do vital.
Lucy Aldis
Lucy AldisSenior Administrator
I have worked in the creative industries as well as wellness & holistic health for the last 15 years. The Haven + London lies close to my heart having lived in Soho and developed a love for the amazing community who reside and work there. I know London to be an intrinsically creative and special place and, although not without its challenges, the energy is uniquely inspiring. I have worked with actors in training, magazines, radio, dancers, musicians and a whole host of other professions and backgrounds. I support The Haven + London in a practical capacity providing administrative support across all functions and am a key point of contact for our fantastic Charity.

Chaplaincy team

Dr Robin Lawrence
Dr Robin LawrenceMB CHB (1980), MRCP (1983), MRCPSYCH (1986) GENERAL ADULT PSYCHIATRY
In addition to being a Chaplain for The Haven + London, Robin Lawrence is a Consultant Psychiatrist with decades of experience in the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders, and has practised for many years from his clinic at 96 Harley Street. An authoritative and respected voice in general adult psychiatry, his special interests include depression, anxiety, bipolar affective disorder, adult attention deficit disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, addictive disorder and the full range of recognised mental health conditions. Robin’s Chaplaincy work reflects his commitment to and love for the creative community.
Sarah Carr
Sarah Carr
Sarah offers an open and inclusive approach to spirituality and works with people of all faiths and none to explore this aspect of their lives. She has an MA in theology and biblical studies, and a professional background in fundraising, project development, exhibition and voluntary sector management. Sarah is also part of the University College Hospital chaplaincy, where she supports people at all stages of their wellbeing and life journeys.

Counselling Team

Kay Lawrence
Kay Lawrence
Kay Lawrence is an Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). Kay runs a private practice in Harley St, where she runs a general practice for a variety of concerns, specialising in working with Toxic Shame and adult survivors of childhood trauma.

As a Clinical Supervisor, Kay provides organisational consultancy for charities that work with those disenfranchised in society, as well as corporates.

Kay has set up and rolled-out counselling programmes in London for people who do not have access to private services. She is a public speaker both nationally and internationally, and lectures on accredited training programmes.

Caroline Brookes
Caroline Brookes
Caroline Brookes is an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Caroline works in primary and secondary schools supporting children and young people through a wide range of challenges including bereavement, abuse, and absent parents. Caroline also has a private practice where she works with adults and young people with whatever concerns they bring.

Caroline has particular experience in working for a variety of voluntary sector organisations with clients who would otherwise not have access to counselling. She has a special concern for working with those who feel marginalised.

Board of Trustees

Ian Whitehead
Ian WhiteheadTrstee responsible for Governance
For over 25 years I’ve been the non-executive director of the Habitat For Humanity Great Britain and 5 years ago I was honoured to become the Director of Finance for Blind Veterans UK. I’ve also served as a Special Advisor to the Prime Ministers Policy Unit and now, I’m proud to say that I’m the Chairman of The Haven + London. The Haven + London follows in the footsteps of Amnesty International, The Samaritans, Barnardo’s and the RSPCA who happened to be founded by Christians who wanted to make a practical, lasting difference in the world. Our team comprises of all faiths and none. Whilst we are not a Christian charity per se we are governed by core Christian values of love and acceptance for all regardless of race, religion, sexuality or gender. Without the creative community our entire world would be a much poorer place. The reality is that an unacceptable amount of creatives are suffering mentally, socially and economically. But it isn’t always easy to meet their needs with limited resources. I’m looking forward to supporting our inspirational team in meeting that challenge. Together we are building relationships and partnerships towards changing the depressing headlines we read every day on creatives who reached crisis point.
Phil Hogan
Phil HoganTreasurer
Having enjoyed a 30-year career working across the globe as a management consultant and company director in a variety of business to business services, I was fortunate enough to be able to ‘retire’ at an early age and focus my energies and attention on things that support the communities we live in rather than financial return alone. As a result, I now sit on the Board of a growing Multi Academy Trust dedicated to providing exceptional education to all the young people in our schools; and my local Clinical Commissioning Group as it strives to improve health outcomes for one of the most varied (and deprived) populations within London whilst juggling the financial challenge of increasing and unlimited demand with scarce resources. Having observed the challenges and personalities of the world my photographer brother, Dave, has occupied since the early 1980’s, it was a pleasure to be asked to bring my skills and experience to the Haven + London. Having had the privilege of Rev Peterson in my life, I look forward to enabling the vision and mission of the Haven to reach and support more creatives.
Emma Courtney
Emma CourtneyVice Chair
Having spent the last decade heading up a consultancy dedicated to the cultural and creative sectors it has been my privilege to witness, research, strategize and evaluate the enormous impact and outcomes of the creative community. On a personal note, like everyone else in the world, I have films that move me to tears, laughter or action, songs that take me back lifetimes ago, art, books and poetry that make me stop and think about life in different ways and clothes and design led things that express who I am. Without creative people these precious things we take for granted would be gone forever. Yet creatives themselves are an endangered species. Rates of anxiety and eating disorders, depression, addiction and suicide are unacceptably high in the creative sector. I became a Trustee of The Haven + London because it’s a mission that I care about profoundly on both a personal and professional level. Faith, hope, love, peace and practical support are surely food for the creative soul. Until Rev Peterson had the vision to set up The Haven the creative community did not have a dedicated place where their complete spiritual, emotional and mental wellbeing could be nurtured. The time is now and I’m hugely excited to be part of it!
Simon Puleston Jones
Simon Puleston JonesLegal
As a lobbyist in the global financial services industry, my day job is all about building relationships. As trustee to The Haven + London and a solicitor of nearly 20 years’ experience, I’m honoured to be able to use my wide network of relationships and my legal experience to promote the excellent work of the charity. Two of my greatest passions are culture and positive mental health, which combine perfectly through the work of The Haven + London’s support to London’s creatives.
Dr Jonathan Gander
Dr Jonathan GanderChair
I study the practice and organisation of creative enterprises, publishing and lecturing on how ideas are transformed into the music, plays, films, images, games and books that help make life meaningful and joyful. I have taught in universities in London and Moscow, Cologne and Shanghai and at each, I hugely enjoy spending time with students as they battle with the ideas and concepts that attempt to explain our shared experience. I believe in the importance of ideas, but know well how fragile they are. Even powerful ideas once struggled to win attention. I think the idea behind The Haven + London is a beautiful one and I am delighted to be part of a team working to make it stronger and reach more people.
Janice Sutherland
Janice SutherlandMedia and Broadcast engagement
I’ve always been a people person. So much so that I’ve dedicated my career as a filmmaker to telling human stories told from the heart. Over the years I’ve made several feature length documentaries for all the major British and International broadcasters, from the BAFTA nominated Tsunami, The Children for 9/11 and WW1: Finding The Lost Battalions to the three-hour rollocking inside story of Live Aid. I currently call London my home, but being a Scot I love nothing more than escaping to the countryside whenever I can – mostly with my very opinionated daughter. Bless her. As we all know, creativity is the lifeblood of our Capital, but being a creative in the city brings with it all types of stresses, strains and pressures. We all need a little peace, an inner sanctum, a place we can get help with our troubles. And that’s why we need The Haven + London and why I’m so excited to be a part of it.
Andy Smith
Andy SmithCreative Director
For as far back as I can remember I’ve been obsessed with the creative product and the brave souls who create it. This led me to a career as a Creative Director, which has seen me recognised across the world as a screen content and creative ideas heavyweight. For 20 years, I’ve been at the forefront of audiovisual digital innovation, earning me and my team numerous international awards in film, video, virals, augmented reality, mobile apps, projection mapping, outdoor digital and live event streaming. In going on this journey with The Haven + London I quickly realised how strong the connection was between the Church and the creative and I am looking forward to further strengthening that bond in my work with the extremely talented team.
Ben Thompson
Ben ThompsonDirector of Communications, PR and Partnership
Ben has had senior roles at Mars, Disney and Merlin Entertainment over a career in marketing and sales spanning nearly 20 years. He is a dynamic and passionate advocate of The Haven+London and has been involved in helping the charity for the last two years. Ben joined the board in February 2018 to take on the role of Partnerships director, and is expanding his role to cover Communications and PR.
Navpreet Atwal
Navpreet AtwalLegal
Nav is Legal Director at eminent London legal firm Black Morgan LLP having been a senior associate at Dechert LLP for six years prior to that. Nav is also an NED at Equal Education Ltd. Nav will be helping The Haven+London with all of our legal issues, particulary as we look towards a building project in the near future.

Ambassadors

We are hugely honoured to have the support of a number of high profile ambassadors who have experienced first-hand why the work The Haven + London does is so important.

Morris Pleasure
Morris PleasureSongwriter / Producer / Musician
Known affectionately as Mo Pleasure, this renowned multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer, began playing acoustic piano at the age of four and by his early teens already mastered several instruments including bass, trumpet, guitar, drums and violin.

Upon receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from University of Connecticut, Mo began his professional music career playing bass with Ray Charles. He has backed some of the most accomplished talents in Jazz ,R&B and pop including George Duke, Natalie Cole, Dianne Reeves, Christina Aguilera, Jonathan Butler, Rachelle Ferrell, Brian Culbertson, Michael McDonald, Oleta Adams, Chaka Khan, Roberta Flack, Marcus Miller, Mary J. Blige, and Frankie Beverly and Maze, to name a few.

In 1993, Mo became a member of the legendary group Earth, Wind & Fire, and ascended to become the band’s musical director from 1994-2001. As a principal member of the group Devoted Spirits he was featured playing keyboards for Jimi Hendrix’s 60th Birthday Celebration and the 2004 Power of Soul: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix tour. Mo was a keyboardist in Michael Jackson’s final touring band that was scheduled to perform in the late superstar’s historic 2009, comeback tour at London’s O2 Arena.

Mo is a Yamaha Artist and also endorses Schecter and Bossa Basses, Epiphone Guitars, AMT instrument microphones, Editors Keys Studio Series Portable Vocal Booth, Danley Sound Labs speakers, Reunion Blues instrument bags, among others.

Dave Hogan
Dave HoganPhotographer
Celebrity photographer Dave Hogan or ‘Hogie’, as he’s affectionately known amongst his peers, is a stalwart of the glamorous red carpet, concerts and A-list party scene, in the UK and all over the world. Thirty years experience in the business has ensured him the utmost respect from media and celebrities alike and in turn exclusive AAA behind the scenes access to the most sought after photographic events. Hogie was the official photographer for the Rolling Stones at Glastonbury 2013 and Hyde Park 2013. He has also worked with Madonna, U2, Tom Cruise, David Bowie, Girls Aloud (he shot their final tour this year), Cheryl Cole, Take That, and MTV.