Homelessness charity announces new CEO

Homelessness charity Launchpad has promoted its director of operations Sue Hamblyn as its next chief executive.

Hamblyn had been director of operations at the Reading based charity for six years before becoming acting CEO in October 2020. She replaces Ian Caren, who stepped down last year.

Prior to joining the charity she held management roles in the retail and housing association sectors.

“I am incredibly passionate about supporting vulnerable people to get back on their feet when life gets tough – and it is a real honour to be given the opportunity to continue leading the amazing work Launchpad’s staff, volunteers and trustees do to prevent homelessness in Reading,” says Hamblyn.

“After a particularly difficult year where there has been flux and uncertainty in the charity sector, I am looking forward to a positive future where we can continue to develop our services, support more people in need, and provide more safe and affordable homes.”

Launchpad chair Suzanne Stallard added: “Su brings a wealth of experience and knowledge, a collaborative approach, and her style of leadership is a huge asset to the organisation as we plan for the future.”

Launchpad provides support and information to people at risk of homelessness. It was founded as a soup kitchen by students at the University of Reading in 1979. It’s patrons include TV presenter Matt Allwright and former Reading football club chairman John Madejski.

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