About Us


There are four directors in St Martins’ senior management team.

Chief Executive John Thompson MA, MSc, BA John has been the Chief Executive of St Martins since 2004. He has 25 years experience of developing and managing services in mental health substance misuse, criminal justice and housing. He was Director of Operations at ARP for 7 years, a London drug and alcohol agency. Prior to this, he worked in rough sleeping services in London for 6 years. He is the chair of Stuart Low Trust and a strong advocate of the Recovery Approach and service user involvement.
Director of Finance and Company Secretary Philip Bowles FCA Philip is a Chartered Accountant and worked in group finance for property development and investment companies, including listed property group Bilton plc before becoming Finance Director of an IT development group. He joined St Martins as Director of Finance & Resources in 2001 and is responsible for the Association's financial strategy, IT and corporate risk management. Philip recently completed a six year term sitting on the Audit & Risk Management Committee of the National Housing Federation.
Director of Operations Dr. Vimala Uttarkar BSc, MA, MPhil, Phd Vimala is a qualified social worker, with extensive experience of managing statutory mental health services having specialised in rehabilitation and forensic services for over 15 years before moving to St Martins in 2005. She is an expert mental health advisor with the Care Quality Commission, reviewer for the Journal of Social Work Practice, Chair of Aid A Woman and a Trustee with Camden Canals and Narrow Boats Association. She holds a doctorate from the University of East London and is a visiting lecturer for the Doctoral Programme at the Tavistock Centre, where she mentors and supervises research students.
Director of Development and Property Services Jon Mumford BSc, Dip.Arch Jon is a qualified architect who has worked for various local authorities, as an Associate in a private architectural practice and in retail development. Moving into the voluntary sector in 1991, he joined Providence Row HA as Development Director and during his 10 years at PRHA developed over 400 bedspaces for homeless people. In 2002 he moved on to Cara Irish HA, before joining St Martins in 2009. Jon is a Trustee of Providence Row Charity and a Board Member of Rickmansworth Churches HA.

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