Trustees and Key Staff


  • Dennis Danter  - Chair
  • Colin Atkinson  - Secretary
  • Vida Slater
  • Carl McCann
  • Ian Johnson
  • Linda Mills
  • Sheila Halsall - Founder & Honorary member

Key Staff

David Lackner-Smith - Director CEO

After studying retail and wholesale distribution David was the youngest relief store manager for a large newsagent retailer and went on to open and run many businesses in retail and catering. As a founding member of The Sanctuary Trust, David's passion to help homeless people is an inspiration to all. David continues to push The Sanctuary Trust to higher levels in order to achieve above and beyond for the individuals who benefit from Sanctuary's work.

Richard Shaw - Director Finance

A key part of the Senior Management Team, Richard works with David. Richard is involved in looking for new opportunities, decision making for the organisation and also oversees all of The Sanctuary Trust's financial administration.



Service Delivery Policy & Procedure

Sanctuary Trust works with homelessness and homeless related poverty and emergency homeless issues. God's Sanctuary was the vision of Sheila Halsall after seeing the level of homelessness Rochdale and later the homelessness Conwy and the substance misuse such as Drugs and Alcohol. By Providing emergency shelter for the homeless in supported housing services funded mainly through Supporting People we assist other providers such as Shelter homelessness, Petrus and Stepping Stones who are also supporting people through women's and men's hostels and floating support. We also have STEP Emergency overnight provision. With our work in Wales we partner with Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) as they provide financial help for homeless through emergency shelter and their Supporting People funds. There are different kinds of accommodation available but what is needed is good quality supported accommodation with a strong business and development plan. We have also provided consultancy service to help others move closer to an answer to homelessness. Our social enterprise company, Sanctuary Trust Enterprises runs Noah's Ark Play Centre, The Storehouse Charity Shop.