Author and entrepreneur

Katharine Hibbert’s first book, FREE: Adventures on the Margins of a Wasteful Society, explored the experience of those who live virtually without money by squatting and scavenging. It was published by Ebury Press in January 2010. Since then, she has set up Dot Dot Dot, a social enterprise which works with property owners to use buildings that would otherwise be empty to house people who do outstanding voluntary work. Dot Dot Dot now houses hundreds of people across the UK, employing a team of 15 in east London. 

Katharine was named 'UK Social Entrepreneur of the Year' by Ben and Jerry’s and Ashoka in 2015, and is currently setting up a new social enterprise to create longer term homes for those failed by the current housing market. Katharine writes on a voluntary basis for The Pavement, a magazine for homeless people, and is a trustee of Headway East London, a charity that supports survivors of brain injury.