Our Team

  It’s our pleasure to introduce you to the hard-working and dedicated team behind Learn to Hope. 

Sean Taylor

Founder, Analyst and Resident Trainer

Learn to Hope (LTH) was founded by Sean Taylor in May 2017. He has worked in the heart of the housing sector for almost 25 years and understands the needs of Social Landlords and the importance of delivering results. Specialising in income management and performance and data analysis, Sean works for a leading Housing Association and devotes his spare time to training residents. 

Neehara Wijeyesekera

Executive and Operational Director

Neehara has worked across social housing for over 25 years and was previously a Director of Housing delivering housing management and customer services for a portfolio of 32,000 properties and 250 staff.

With a Masters in Management Studies, Neehara excels at blending commercial enterprise and social interest, and is keen to provide real jobs for residents: 

“We want to create more opportunities for local residents who possess all the potential organisations need. Landlords often spend their resources on more traditional areas, and wonder why little changes. We’re ready to solve that problem.”     

Nehal Shah

Non-Executive Director and Resident Trainer

Nehal has extensive experience working within the public sector and heads up the income services for a London Council. He specialises in income recovery, strategic management planning, statistical analysis, performance management, leadership training, debt recovery and change management as well as project management.

With a Masters in Science Management and a Bachelors in Statistics, Nehal helps train residents, assists with planning and helps to provide our statistical analysis services.

Carly Allam

Customer Service Advisor and Team Assistant

Carly was our very first resident trainee and now works for Learn to Hope on a part-time basis.

In addition to her administrative role with us, Carly makes low-level arrears calls on behalf of clients and, although her hours are currently limited by ill-health and two young children, she is an exceptional Customer Service Advisor. 

Paul Lewis

Customer Service Officer and Resident Trainer

Paul Lewis is one of several very accomplished housing professionals that help deliver client services and train residents. He has nearly 20 years of social housing experience and was, until 2010, the Arrears Prevention & Financial Inclusion Manager for a large Merseyside Housing Association.

Unfortunately, Paul had a serious accident which severely restricts his mobility and he eventually had to stop working on the grounds of ill-health. However, working from home for Learn to Hope has totally restored his career. 

Phil Colldge

GDPR and Complaince

Phil is a philanthropist and manages Data Compliance and develops our Apps. He possesses an outstanding record of achievement with a wealth of experience in the management and delivery of multiple complex IT systems and projects.

As an expert in IT security and data analysis Phil lectures for both KPMG and CIPFA, has written many security courses for IBM and is a ISACA Board member. He recently delivered a project for Special Olympics and regularly advises NHS Trusts.