Joseph Rowntree Foundation CEO to lead Nacro

Written by Joe Lepper

Crime reduction charity Nacro has appointed Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) boss Campbell Robb as its chief executive.

Robb will takeover from outgoing Nacro chief executive Jacob Tas in July, after two and a half years leading the York based JRF and Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust (JRHT).

His new role at Nacro will be based in London, where Robb lives with this family.

Robb said he had made the move to take on a new challenge and to work closer to his home.

“I am delighted to be joining Nacro at such an important time in its history. Since Nacro was founded more than 50 years ago, it has evolved to respond to the multiple and often complex needs of people who come through its doors,” said Robb.

“At a time of considerable social injustice, Nacro’s work providing education and skills; relieving homelessness; and supporting people with substance misuse problems and those coming out of prison is needed more than ever.”

Prior to leading JRF and JRHT Robb was chief executive of housing charity Shelter and was also director general of the Office of the Third Sector and Social Exclusion in the Cabinet Office.

“We are delighted to welcome Campbell to Nacro,” said Nacro chair of trustees Nigel Chapman.

“His extensive experience and track record of success leading Shelter, JRF and in government will help the organisation continue to grow the support we deliver to disadvantaged young people and adults. Campbell’s ability to influence policy at all levels will improve the quality of the services for the people we support.

“His passion and commitment to social justice was evident throughout the recruitment process and has been demonstrated consistently throughout his career. Campbell will build on the strong legacy left by our outgoing CEO, Jacob Tas.”

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