How we are RUN


The people we support and our frontline staff at are the heart of everything we do. Our services are structured to deliver the best support and pioneer recovery.

Service Managers and Team Leaders oversee the day to day running of our services, whilst Recovery Workers and Employment Advisors provide frontline support for those accessing our services. They’re supported by other roles such as Community Link Workers, Peer Support Coordinators and Administrators to help deliver our services.

Our Area Managers have the responsibility for overseeing contracts, exploring new business opportunities, and connecting our services with local partners. Area Managers are supported by Deputy Directors of Operations to ensure our services are well maintained and frontline staff are given the necessary resources and training to aid their career and personal development.

Our Central services

Our central services teams have a wealth of experience in supporting our frontline services.

They are responsible for overseeing policies, HR, Finance, Property Maintenance, IT, Business Development and our corporate Communications and Marketing.


Richmond Fellowship is overseen by Our Group Leadership Team. They bring together expertise in working to help drive forward our objective of Making Recovery Reality.

Group Leadership TEAM

DEREK CAREN, Chief Executive

Derek’s career started in frontline social work within community based mental health teams and in clinical teams on acute admissions and rehabilitation wards of NHS hospitals.

As part of the ‘Care in the Community’ drive in the 1980s, he was heavily involved in the re-provision of outdated psychiatric hospitals into new community based alternatives, working with housing associations, local authorities, health authorities, service users and their relatives.

For the last 15 years he has held senior positions in large national organisations, providing diverse services to a range of people from those fleeing domestic violence and children leaving the care sector to ex-forces personnel.

TIM ANDERSON, Director of People and Organisational Development

Tim is responsible for leading on people issues to enable Richmond Fellowship to deliver on its strategy. This includes ensuring we recruit and retain skilled employees to deliver services across the Group as well as facilitating effective people management to a workforce of over 1,200 employees.

Prior to joining Richmond Fellowship, Tim’s extensive career in human resources had been in the public sector, primarily within local government, in a number of London boroughs. He has had responsibility for people strategy, recruitment, reward, shared services, talent management and employee relations.

Much of this work related to tackling people challenges in the context of financial pressures and increasing citizen expectations in the public sector.

JUNE RILEY, Group Director of Finance

June completed an accredited MBA with Manchester Business School to add value to her career as an Accountant.

She started by training in Accountancy by entering the NHS as a graduate trainee shortly after leaving University and has worked at a senior level in the housing sector for over 20 years with a wealth of experience operating at a strategic level in charitable organisations.

June’s served in a voluntary capacity on several Boards, including Newham Homes Ltd where they were managing over 27,000 homes before going back into Council control. She is currently serving as a Senior Independent Director (SID) on The Barnet Group (TBG) board and as a Non-Executive Director on the board of Islington and Shoreditch Housing Association (ISHA).

The provision of good, affordable social housing, and quality care and support is a key concern of June’s, and she uses her skills and experience to facilitate improvement and initiate change in this capacity where it’s needed.

ROBERT TEMPLETON, Director of Operations, Housing and Quality

Robert Templeton joined Recovery Focus in July 2019 as Director of Operations, covering Richmond Fellowship and its divisions My Time and DViP.

Robert has run his own health and social care consultancy, which included being the Independent Chair for Hampshire, Southampton and Portsmouth Safeguarding Adults Boards and he is the outgoing Chair of the National Network for Chairs of Safeguarding Adults Boards. He is also registrant non-executive council member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

His previous roles include Director of Health and Social Care Operations for the military charity SSAFA and Head of Transforming Adult Social Care at the Social Care Institute for Excellence.

Find out more