About us - Our senior team

Peter Little – Chief Executive Officer

Peter has a background in supported housing, learning disabilities, mental health and working with young offenders. He was the Senior Officer at Outward responsible for leading the charity into joining the Newlon Group in February 2001. This move has been a great success for Outward and for its customers, resulting in new opportunities and expansion into new geographical areas. It has also enabled Outward to develop new innovative services and solutions.

Peter is highly committed to ensuring that customers are at the heart of what Outward does and that they drive forward the quality agenda for the organisation. He also strongly believes that volunteering can change lives and build communities, and has succeeded in positioning Outward as a leader in the field of volunteering in social care. We are already seeing the positive outcomes this can achieve.

Nicky Boland - Head of Business Support & Development

Nicky has worked in adult social care for 25 years, starting out working in care homes for the elderly and volunteering at MENCAP’s holiday clubs for children with disabilities.

Nicky went on to manage care homes and supported housing for people with a learning disability before moving over to business development roles; she has been in her current role as Head of New Business for Outward since 2012. As well as overseeing business development activities, Nicky has overall responsibility for Outward’s volunteering and fundraising functions.

Deborah Hammond - Head of Housing

Deborah has worked in care and support services for over 30 years, starting out as a Supported Housing Officer before going on to manage services for a range of client groups including: young people, learning disability, older people, offenders, rough sleepers and mental health. Deborah joined Outward in 2007 as the manager of a Supported Living Service for people with learning disabilities, following which she became an Area Manager in the Care & Support department before being recently appointed as Outward's Head of Housing.

Deborah is committed to delivering high-quality housing and support services that sustain tenancies and enable Outward customers to increase their levels of independence. She is leading the Housing Team to deliver an excellent and efficient supported housing service.

Metz Acres - Head of Human Resources

Metz has over twelve years human resources experience with charities and organisations serving vulnerable people.

Metz started her career with Outward seven years ago as temporary Recruitment Officer before being promoted to HR Advisor and then eventually HR Manager. Metz has undertaken a Postgraduate Diploma in HRM during her time at Outward and is an associate member of the CIPD.

Following a period of time away to start a family, Metz has returned on a part-time basis and has been in her current role as Head of HR since September 2014.

Katie Gutheim - Head of Support & Care

Katie studied social pedagogy in Germany and has a background in education and children's services. Katie started out working in a care home as a student and has worked in learning disability services for the past 10 years in the UK, supporting directly as well as holding local, operational and senior management roles.

Katie has been in her current role as Head of Service, Support & Care since June 2016. She is the head of all learning disabilities services and the CQC nominated individual for Outward. Responsible for ensuring compliance, Katie is committed to bringing to life our mission to deliver high-quality personalised services for the people we support.