New partnership to address urgent need for evidence based leadership in homelessness sector



Ligia Teixeira

Clore Social Leadership and the Centre for Homelessness Impact have announced details of a new partnership in response to the increasing crisis in housing and homelessness and the need for stronger, evidence based approach to leadership within the sector.

Supported with funding from the National Housing Federation, Health Foundation and the Oak Foundation, this new partnership will see sixteen dynamic leaders working within housing, homelessness and health organisations across the UK benefit from intensive leadership training and development. The programme will build a community of third sector leaders committed to driving large-scale systemic reform within the sector.

Shaks Ghosh, chief executive of Clore Social Leadership, said: “We are delighted to announce our new partnership with the Centre for Homelessness Impact that will support a pipeline of sector leaders who are able to deploy strong leadership that mobilises evidence of what works to accelerate efforts towards a future without homelessness. As the sector continues to develop its strategy to tackle this growing crisis, the need for strong and sustained leadership that can respond, engage and represent those affected by homelessness is greater than ever.”

Ligia Teixeira, director of the Centre for Homelessness Impact, welcomed the new partnership: “Every day, these dynamic professionals, and the organisations they work in are using evidence to improve the lives of people experiencing homelessness, open opportunities and tackle one of society’s most pressing challenges.

“The programme will support leaders in these fields to harness their collective experiences, insights and support them to advance evidence-based solutions to achieve even better results in the important work they do in cities across the country. We are delighted to have these leaders join the programme.”

The Emerging Leaders include:

  • Francesca Albanese, Crisis
  • James Boultbee, Wycombe Homeless Connection
  • Hilary Burkitt, Shelter
  • Nicola Harwood, Depaul UK
  • Tricia Imrie, Simon Community Scotland
  • Matthieu Lambert, Hope into Action: Black Country
  • Kate McCauley, Housing Rights
  • Kirsty McKechnie, Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland
  • Melissa Mean, Knowle West Media Centre
  • David Parker-Radford, The Queen’s Nursing Institute
  • Meghan Roach, New Horizon Youth Centre
  • Brian Robson, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
  • Rachael Smart, Paragon Asra Housing Ltd
  • Charlotte Turner, Social Bite
  • Tassie Weaver, Making Every Adult Matter (Homeless Link)
  • Dionne Charlotte Williams, Single Homeless Prevention Service

The Centre for Homelessness Impact was created in response to the need for an independent voice that can focus on ensuring that policy and practice is informed by reliable evidence. Working collaboratively with others it hopes to help accelerate efforts to end homelessness. Clore Social Leadership develops leaders with a social purpose so that they can transform their communities, organisations and the world around them.



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