Guy  first became involved in homelessness as a volunteer at the Boot Nightshelter in Birmingham in 1983. This was a project providing emergency housing for up to eighteen homeless young men in a single dormitory. This work sparked a passion that has been held ever since, a realization of the vital importance of housing in people’s lives, and the impact that homelessness has.

Subsequently Guy was appointed as Senior Worker at the Boot Nightshelter and was very involved in the move from a traditional nightshelter to a purpose built hostel with 21 individual bedrooms. Guy has also managed a longer stay hostel for homeless young men.

In 1991 Guy moved on from hostels to working in housing advice, initially for Shelter in Gloucestershire under the National Homelessness Advise Service initiative developing a service providing training and consultancy support on all issues of homelessness and housing law to Citizens Advice Bureaux in Gloucestershire, Avon (as was) and Wiltshire.

In 1993 he became manager of Birmingham Housing Aid Service, a housing aid and advice project operated by Focus Housing Association. He was actively involved in arranging the merger of this service with the Shelter West Midlands Housing Aid Centre under Shelter’s ownership and management. From 1995 to 2000 he was manager of the Shelter West Midlands Housing Aid Centre. In addition to managing 8 full-time and 7 part-time staff providing a quality advice service to members of the public and support to other agencies, particularly Citizens Advice Bureaux, Guy was actively involved in working in partnership with other voluntary and statutory agencies to tackle issues of homelessness in the West Midlands.

In 1997 Guy was temporarily seconded by Shelter to carry out initial development work for three “Homeless to Home” Projects in Birmingham, Bristol and Sheffield. Shelter had been awarded the largest grant so far made by the National Lottery Charities Board to a single charity, to set up three projects providing resettlement support to homeless families after they were re-housed. He was appointed to carry out initial development work to establish the three projects, this included preparing project briefs, drafting partnership agreements with partner agencies, securing suitable premises and recruiting staff.

Since June 2000 Guy has worked full-time as an independent consultant and trainer.

In addition to the above Guy was involved in setting up Birmingham Bond Scheme Ltd in 1994, a small registered charity helping single homeless people secure private rented housing. He remained director and became chair of the Board of Directors, until the project had to close due to loss of funding.

From 1996 – 2001 he was chair of the Board of Directors of the Homefinder Ltd, another small charity providing advice, assistance and resettlement support to homeless single people and childless couples.

From 1993 to 2008 he was a member of the steering committee of the West Midlands Housing Law Group.