Homelessness charity promotes policy director to CEO

Homelessness charity Crisis has promoted its director of policy and external affairs Matt Downie to chief executive.

He takes up the role on January 1 replacing Jon Sparkes, who has been appointed chief executive of Unicef UK.

Downie leads Crisis having spent seven years overseeing its external affairs and policy work.

This has included lobbying around the Homelessness Reduction Act and in 2019 Downie was awarded an MBE for services to tackle homelessness. He has previously held roles at Action for Children, the National Autistic Society and Shelter.

“Matt’s deep commitment to, and vision for, Crisis and for ending homelessness shone throughout the process and I am very much looking forward to working with him to achieve Crisis’ mission,” said Crisis chair Tristia Harrison.

Downie added: “It will be an absolute privilege to lead the team, and to make sure that people facing homelessness are listened to by those in power and offered the best possible services.”

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