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Meet the team

We are a local small charity making a BIG impact. We are helping hundreds of vulnerable, homeless people rebuild their lives, supporting them to live happy independent, fulfilled lives once more.

Julie Berti, CEO & Co Founder

Julie and her father, David Botterill, founded Hope HTS in in 2009.

Julie had a very successful career spanning 10 years as a Chartered Management Accountant for large PLC’s prior to setting up her own Accountancy Practice with two other partners in Bournemouth in 2001. After growing the practice and then merging with another, Julie decided it was time for something new.  Julie joined forces with her father, David Botterill, in 2009 and together they set up the charity in January 2009.

Julie has spent the last 10 years developing her skills in housing management and governance. Under her guidance, the charity has grown to its current size with a strategic plan that the board and CEO can carry forward to the future.

Julie lives in Bournemouth with her husband and two children and loves walking her dogs, enjoying good food and gardening.

When asked what motivates her at work, Julie said: “No day has ever been the same and working with our residents and my team are what inspires me every day to continue our work”.

Lisa Everett, Support Manager

Lisa heads up the Support Team at Hope, having been at Hope for ten years, supporting the homeless and vulnerable on a daily basis.

Lisa was a nursery nurse running her own day nursery for 18 years, before going to Southampton University to retrain as a qualified counsellor. Lisa is a highly experienced counsellor, working on a daily basis with those struggling with mental health and substance misuse issues. She is also qualified in bereavement and has worked for Cruse Counselling with bereaved clients. She also counselled in a local school for 5 years, working with children with learning and behaviour difficulties.

Lisa is a published author; her counselling experiences at Hope Housing and in school inspired her to create “The Repairables”, a collection of books for children, helping to understand their feelings. Lisa also provides affordable private counselling for children and adults in the community.

Lisa is a single mum of three and enjoys writing, walking and spending time with family and friends.

I love my job working with vulnerable people – no day is ever the same and I love meeting and supporting the varied, irreplaceable characters that I meet.

May Somerton, Finance Manager

May joined Hope Housing at the founding of the Charity 11 years ago and has been delighted to see the Charity grow in size and develop it services to clients over the years.

May is an AAT and is responsible for the day to day running of the accounts office. Previous roles include working for an Accountancy Practice, a Hotel group, a Yacht club and 16 years working at a Special Needs College, giving her a sound background in charity accounts.

May has two adult daughters and enjoys spending time with them, family and friends. Interest are gardening, long walks, the arts of all kinds, and eating out enjoying good food and company.

I love working in an environment full of interesting loveable characters and playing a small part in helping to turn people’s lives around.