Antonia’s loss will be felt deeply by all who knew and worked with her over her many years of involvement within the sector of homelessness services.
Her legacy will be the many innovative projects The Wallich have developed during her time with the organisation, that will support and enrich so many people's lives.
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My thoughts are with Antoina's family and friends and all at the Wallich during this very sad time - Antonia has truly had an impact on improving the lives of others during her time and she will be very much missed.
Antonia enriched the lives of everyone at The Wallich very deeply and those closest to her have spoken with enormous admiration for her tenacity, determination and dedication to the organisation, particularly during her final months.. We all are very fortunate to have had Antonia in our lives, despite being this time being cut so terribly short. May you rest in peace and be assured that your legacy will live on forever at The Wallich.
That was about 7 years ago and she has done so much during that time that has made such a real, positive difference to the workforce and service users. Undoubtedly, she has shaped The Wallich in it's development and growth and her influences will continue to drive forward those positive changes. She made such an impact on so many people and she will be missed.
I remember her as a fun, dynamic, inspirational woman; very focused and caring. She always had time to speak to people and always managed to get the job done in a respectful way. A great leader, listener and dog lover. It was great to see her love for Monty when she brought him in the office.
I still cant believe that Antonia has passed away and my heart goes out to her friends and family.
Antonia will be a really tough act to follow and I was truly in awe of her commitment and passion for the organisation which continued even despite her terrible illness. I think of Antonia every day with sadness for a loss at such a young age, but also with determination that we will continue on the good work she so passionately believed in.
The Bridge HA model was among one of the first to empower service users to run services, and Antonia played a leading role developing this.
Antonia went on to steer housing associations to deepen their impact as a member of the Committee for the g320. The g320 represents London's Small Housing Associations, and while at Hornsey Housing Trust, Antonia played her part in leading the housing sector to be the best it could.
I learned a lot from Antonia, I am thankful for knowing her and for working alongside her. I send my condolences to her family, friends and colleagues.
I worked with her in London when she was still in her 20s. As Area Manager for Bridge Housing Association she was responsible for some of the toughest large homelessness hostels in London. She oversaw their transition from large institutional hostels where people were treated like numbers to safe homes providing life changing services. We were amongst the first in the country to employ our residents as colleagues and to focus on employability & empowerment.
She told me that she landed her dream job at the Wallich. She had very committed teams, the organisation was innovative and responded well to her combination of flair & solid business sense. Her leadership team & wider staff team were a great support to her especially during her illness.
My thoughts are with you all . Her legacy is that we will all carry forward her work inspired by her passion, determination & sense of humour.
I worked with Antonia when I was the Director of Cymorth and Antonia was an active member of the Board. From a professional perspective I greatly valued her no-nonsense, get on with it kind of approach, her rigorous focus on what really mattered and her cards on the table openness about her values and how they drove her work. Antonia's vision, integrity, drive and constructive challenge stand out for me. I enjoyed working with her very much indeed, rated her opinion highly and learned a great deal about the sector's challenges and policy nuances from her. I shall miss catching her eye in a meeting and mirroring raised eyebrows at some whopping clanger.
From a personal perspective Antonia was warm, kind and she had a sharply wicked sense of humour. She was supportive in a lovely, straightforward way and it was always good to have her in your corner.
Antonia has been prayed for every week now for a while in Llandaff in our family service there. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and many friends now. I shall look forward to celebrating her life at her memorial service - she will be celebrated and remembered for a long time to come, and rightly so. I know she will continue to inspire many of us.
Antonia had a great ‘business head’ and brought much needed skills to not only steady the charity in austere uncertain times, but to also extend our reach and build resilience, which in turn enabled us to provide quality front line services to vulnerable people.
Antonia was a great enabler and visionary, she saw the potential in people and gave them the space to develop and grow. Her example of inclusion for all, allowed us to grow into the organisation that we are now, involving service users as equal partners in the development and delivery of services.
Antonia believed in our values and wasn’t afraid to be challenged or accept responsibility when things went wrong. Her approach was always to learn from our mistakes and move on.
Antonia continued to be supportive even through her own illness, which demonstrated her selflessness and general approach to life. She was an example to us all.
I will miss our one to one sessions (especially those with Monty Dog), Antonia’s wonderful ‘out of the box’ way of thinking, her zest for life (in and out of work) and even her look of displeasure when she was cross….it never lasted long. We as an organisation, and I personally, learnt a great deal from Antonia - her legacy goes on and we will never forget her.
I think of Megan and Monty, the family and Antonia’s army of friends every day.
Antonia was an excellent leader. Her vision of where to explore next was always intriguing, sometimes leaving me somewhat bewildered of how certain ventures might pan out, but I was always pleasantly surprised. Yet despite this, she was never the one to take credit, but more so, leave it for others, or simply the wider organisation to reflect on its achievements.
Despite her position and authority, Antonia was always humble, modest and approachable by all, and never portrayed herself as being more important than anyone else. Being so down to earth, she was easy to get on with, and never took life too seriously. I’ll always remember how she brightened up head office, with her obvious delight to bring Monty into work, and her jovial manner when he’d go missing……in search of someone’s lunch!
Antonia achieved so much in such a short period of time, I feel a great privilege to have known and worked with her, she’ll never be forgotten. My thoughts are with her family, friends and Monty.
Antonia was always supportive, encouraging, and promoted the best in each and every person she worked with. The drive and passion for homelessness services was always at the core of The Wallich with Antonia as the CEO, and that legacy will continue as a fitting tribute to the organisation she has moulded.
I will miss our one to one meetings, that used to stray off into areas where we tried to solve all the issues of the world, and our discussions over the rugby (I did try to convert Antonia to the Welsh colours but she stayed true to England!!), and most of all her leadership and friendship.
We were truly blessed to have known Antonia.
My thoughts are with Megan and her family at this time.