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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Rick Henderson Homeless Link wrote on October 5, 2017:
I met Antonia twice: once in her office and once at the Museum of Homelessness launch event in London where we shared a platform. Both times we spoke like old friends, laughed a lot and of course put the world to rights. A wonderful, insightful, caring person who will be dearly missed. From all of us at Homeless Link
Pat & Mike Marshall, 17 Llanfair Road, Cardiff wrote on October 4, 2017:
We knew Antonia to be a lovely, helpful, modest person but we have been totally amazed to find that she was so much more than that, and are so sorry that we did not have the time to get to know her, Megan & Monty better. So loved, our loss!
Harry McKeown wrote on September 27, 2017:
I only had the privilege of meeting Antonia a handful of times during my time at The Wallich.. Despite being few in number; I remember each time distinctly; she had a memorable way of being warm, insightful and concise simultaneously.. I hugely admired her "get on and do it" approach that echoes throughout the organisation. The first conversation we had was about how we shared stomping grounds (Reading's homelessness services) in the formative years of our careers.. If I achieve even half of the things and touch the lives of half the people Antonia did during her career; I will be incredibly proud.
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.
Patrick King wrote on September 21, 2017:
I had the privilege of being mentored and supported by Antonia from trainee project worker in a hostel, where I had also been a resident, to a senior manager at Irish Centre Housing. Antonia's trust, belief and encouragement to face challenges have made a huge difference to me professionally and personally and to countless people who needed to access services Antonia influenced. My condolences to her family and friends.
Sarah Jones wrote on September 20, 2017:
I met Antonia when I started in the Bridgend office and Antonia had recently started with The Wallich and was part of the Organisational Induction.
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.
Sophie Haworth-Booth wrote on August 26, 2017:
Having worked for The Wallich 2010-13, I returned last year for what will hopefully be a long time to come. Part of what made me return is the way The Wallich makes me feel as a member of staff, which is attributable to Antonia's leadership over the last 6 years. The Wallich has grown so much under Antonia's leadership but has retained a down to earth 'family' feel to the organisation where staff, service users and volunteers are all held in high regard and respected as individuals.
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.
Clare Norton, Chair g320 & CEO Peter Bedford Housing Association wrote on August 23, 2017:
I knew Antonia from Bridge Housing Association 20 years ago. As our regional manager in a growing, innovative and developing organisation, she steered us to help so many people out of homelessness. Antonia helped us build a strong team, a team of kind, devoted people who believed in empowering service users to lead and own their services.

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.
Maria Nicolaou wrote on August 23, 2017:
I had the pleasure to work with Antonia when she joined Hornsey Housing Trust. HHT was going through some very challenging times when Antonia joined. Antonia brought a sense of stability and was respected by all the staff. Her openness, honesty and fairness was a great asset. She had great knowledge in her field and was happy to share that knowledge. Her move to The Wallich was a huge loss but that was where her passion lied. As a friend she will be greatly missed, Antonia always had time for everyone and I will miss our chats and laughter. Antonia achieved so much in such a short time. May she rest in peace.
Fiona Humphrey wrote on August 20, 2017:
As well as being a very close friend, Antonia was one of the most talented people I have worked with. She was passionately committed to her work. She believed in the potential of everyone to change their lives for the better. This showed through and both colleagues and residents responded to her genuine warmth, compassion, practicality & determination. Throughout her career she touched the lives of hundreds of people.

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.
Auriol Miller wrote on August 18, 2017:
I was - and am - so very sorry to hear of Antonia's death and have often thought about her in the months since I learned of her awful illness and we no longer worked together and were less regularly in touch.

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.
Jan Balsdon wrote on August 16, 2017:
I have known and worked with Antonia for the last 7 years, since she joined The Wallich. I had the great pleasure of seeing and being part of the transformation of our charity under Antonia’s leadership.
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.
Antony Kendall wrote on August 16, 2017:
Having worked closely with Antonia for a number of years, her guidance, support and confident outlook will be sorely missed. The Wallich is a strange place without her, but she most certainly leaves behind her legacy of leading The Wallich in becoming a stronger, more professional, creative and inclusive organisation.
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.
Darren Pritchard wrote on August 16, 2017:
I have known and worked with Antonia for almost 4 years, and it has been a privilege and honour to work for a person who demonstrated so much professionalism, intelligence and most of all the values of the organisation she represented.
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.
Dave Mason wrote on August 14, 2017:
We were so sorry to learn of Antonia's untimely death. Having worked recently with several people from the Wallich, it was clear to see that the passion, energy and innovation in the way the organisation helped people, was driven from the top, via a great leader. I only regret that I was unable to meet and work with Antonia, but I'm sure her legacy will permeate The Wallich's incredible ongoing work.
Pam and Paul Watson wrote on August 12, 2017:
We as Antonia's parents would like to thank all her work colleagues and friends who have posted such kind and loving words of condolence about her, We hope that her legacy will carry on in helping the homeless, particularly the projects supported by the Wallich.
Jerry Kivlehan -Dublin wrote on August 9, 2017:
During my working life I was fortunate to work with some wonderful people. Among those Antonia was exceptional and unique. I so admired her sense of justice,equality and a deep concern for those on the margins of society and in particular those who were homeless. I treasure the memories of our years of working together at Irish Centre Housing. My thoughts are with her family and friends
Hollie Allen wrote on August 9, 2017:
I worked with Antonia for just over 2 years. She will be sadly missed and I would like to send my warmest condolences and let Meg, Monty and Antonia's' family know that my thoughts are with them at this difficult time. Antonia was a lovely lady and was a pleasure to work with.
Andrew Jenkins (CEO Cardiff YMCA Housing Association) wrote on August 7, 2017:
I was saddened at the news of Antonia's death, and shocked as we all were I am sure despite knowing of her long illness. She and I met together with other CEOs for homeless hostel services in Cardiff over the years - a group which had only just recently started to meet again. She was a wise, thoughtful and diplomatic leader who will be sadly missed and someone who so much more to give. My condolences and those from the YMCA go to her family and to her team at The Wallich.
Anna Teesdale wrote on August 7, 2017:
Antonia was committed to her role and to The Wallich. I remember thanking her for her presence at last years long service awards, which she attended despite her ill health. This to me, showed how much she cared about staff and their contribution to The Wallich over the years.
She believed in our values and helped to steer us and shape us as an organisation.

She will be sadly missed.
Andrea wrote on August 6, 2017:
Antonia had so much more to give, its a great loss that she leaves us so young. Antonia was always full of energy and determination, ready to go to the next level to improve services. As a visionary leader, Antonia led the Wallich with vigour, showing good humour even with difficult issues and made people feel valued and welcome.

Although I only knew Antonia in a work capacity there were always glimpses of her spirit, lust for life and quirks, that have clearly made her very loved by all.