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.


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.

Chaplaincy team

Our dedicated Chaplaincy team are recruited for their empathy with and love for the creative sector. They are trained to provide a safe and peaceful space for creatives to talk through anything and everything that is on their minds. These highly accessible and confidential sessions are the foundation stones of our work. They are founded on the principle of no judgement and each creative directs their own narrative for discussion.

We believe that being listened to with love
 is a powerful force for catalysing stress into serenity and transforming harmful thoughts and behaviours into resilience and positive action. Our ‘Space to Talk’ sessions are delivered in the peace and beauty of St Pancras church in Euston which is open to all faiths and none. We can also meet in other places if a creative needs us to.

Anyone wishing to schedule a session should contact our Director of Care, Dr Mark Beach, via

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

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.
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!
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.
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.
Ian Whitehead
Ian WhiteheadTrustee 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.
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.
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.


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.

Admin Team

Nicole Spaargaren
Nicole SpaargarenExecutive Officer (Operations)
To bring order, form, and structure to the creative thinker, to the visionary leader, to the entrepreneurial force. That is the strength I have been honing for the last 15 years in working across the globe with founders of social impact ventures, chiefs of corporate enterprise and leaders of local communities. To me, a sophisticated operation with good administration is one of the most valuable pillars supporting any success story. It’s the swan’s peddling legs beneath the surface, designed to make it glide gracefully, and swiftly. I bring this creativity also to my work as a Producer of film and media. Where it much resembles the notion of bringing order and form to the complexity of telling a story with simplicity and sophistication; only with the heart and soul leading.

I am pleased to bring my expertise to support the tribe who I admire and respect. To support the well-being of artists, who often live in a reality of constant tension between a relentless appreciation for the beauty which exists all around us, and, as Martha Graham put it, the persistent notion that “… No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.”

Ruben Spaargaren
Ruben SpaargarenExecutive Officer (Development)
In the past years, I have been working alongside small and medium-sized companies in various sectors globally, offering support in developing their business and products. In most recent years I turned my focus towards social impact ventures, combining my drive of bringing positive change together with my business and marketing acumen.

My creative portfolio is multifaceted between product and interior design, music and fine woodworking. As a designer, I see the world in shapes, as a musician, life is filled with melodies, as a person, I would like to be available to others when they need it.