Homeless Link appoints new CEO
Published by Julien Tremblin for 24dash.com in Housing
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The UK's umbrella body for homelessness charities has appointed a new chief executive following the departure of Jenny Edwards in December.
Rick Henderson - currently chief executive of Action for Advocacy - has been chosen for the role.
Rick has more than 20 years’ experience gained at a senior level within the voluntary and community sectors and has also published widely on advocacy matters and operated as a national policy advisor.
Commenting on the appointment, Ann Skinner, Chair of Homeless Link, said: “Despite rising homelessness and cuts to services, our members are making real progress towards ensuring that no one lives on our streets and the right support is in place to help individuals rebuild their lives.
“I’m delighted to announce the appointment of Rick Henderson as our new Chief Executive. Rick’s background, commitment and experience will offer a great deal to Homeless Link. As a seasoned campaigner, with a real passion for social justice, he will play an invaluable role in helping to take forward our sectors ambition of ending homelessness.”
Commenting, Rick Henderson said: "I’m overjoyed to be joining Homeless Link at this key stage in its development, especially in this Olympic year when the world's eyes will be on Britain.
"It is time for a concerted effort to reach out to those affected by homelessness and to take steps to ensure nobody has to spend time on the streets.
"I look forward to working with Homeless Link colleagues and the wider homelessness community to achieve these aims.”
Rick is expected to take up the role full-time in July.