Our Staff

There are over 40 members of staff at St Petrocs working across different teams to help end homelessness in Cornwall

St Petrocs Staff

St Petrocs‘ Staff

There are over 40 members of staff at St Petrocs, with teams covering Outreach service, Resettlement services, Residential services, Freshfield Counselling, Nos Da Kernow, Communications and Fundraising, and Admin and Finance.

This work is supplemented with volunteers who, between April 2017 and March 2018, gave over 10,000 volunteer hours.

St Petrocs holds the Investors in People accreditation, and in their recent survey 97% of staff felt that St Petrocs achieves positive outcomes because it takes the time to train, support and invest in its people.

Senior Staff Profiles

Chief Executive
Steve Ellis

Steve was educated at Liverpool University and has more than 30 years’ experience of local government housing and homelessness. He was a key part of his home city’s urban regeneration programme in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. After a spell in the private sector, Steve joined St Petrocs in 1999, overseeing the continued development of its service provision.

Steve is proud of St Petrocs’ continued links within the Cornish community, particularly the schools and churches, which he believes are the bedrock of St Petrocs work.

Steve is married with four children and two dogs. He is a qualified football coach and has for many years supported youth football in Cornwall.

Director of Finance
Judith Dumbrell

Judith qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant whilst working in an accountancy practice in Somerset in 1995. After moving to Cornwall in 1999, she changed direction to management accounting, getting more involved in the day to day accounting and finance requirements of local businesses and charities.

Having been involved with St Petroc’s financial accounting over a number of years, Judith joined the staff team in 2013 as Director of Finance, managing the Admin and Finance and team and the variety of duties that this encompasses.

In her spare time Judith enjoys attending steam and vintage rallies as well as walking and kayaking around the Cornish coast and rivers.

Legal Director
Justin Day

Justin grew up in Looe, East Cornwall and read Archaeology at UCL before qualifying as a Solicitor. He then became a partner in what is now Trowers & Hamlins before moving to Foot Anstey. Justin also sat as a deputy district judge on the western circuit sitting in the County Court where he dealt with a variety of cases including homelessness and housing disputes. He was also appointed Chair of a Social Security Appeal Tribunal by the Lord Chancellor.

A change of direction saw Justin return to university and qualify as a clinical audiologist working with the hearing impaired in Hampshire where he was invited to represent the NHS and present a paper at British Columbia University on collaborative working between professionals. He subsequently moved to the Chief Executive’s department at the University Southampton Hospital NHS Foundation Trust before taking up the post of Company Secretary and Commercial Legal Adviser at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital.

In 2012 Justin returned to Cornwall as Senior Legal Adviser at Cornwall Council where he worked almost exclusively on a joint venture between the Council, health colleagues and private industry. Following the completion of the joint venture he moved to the not for profit sector and took up the role of Legal Director and Company Secretary at Peninsula Community Health.

Outside work Justin is a trustee of a national charity called ACAT where he also is a tutor and lecturer in Charity Law and Governance. Justin is married with four children, a grandson and two golden retrievers.