Shelter has announced that Polly Neate, who is currently chief executive of Women’s Aid, will become its new chief executive. Neate will join Shelter on 14 August after four years at Women’s Aid.
Prior to that she was executive director of external relations and communications at Action for Children. Campbell Robb left Shelter last year to become chief executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Graeme Brown, director of Shelter Scotland, has been interim chief executive since January.
Neate said: “The sad truth is that homelessness is a growing problem in this country. Almost quarter of a million people are homeless in the UK right now, and shockingly half of these are children. This simply isn’t good enough. “That’s why I’m so thrilled to be joining Shelter at such an important time, to work with its world class staff to make its mission of ending bad housing and homelessness a reality. It’s an honour to join such a pioneering organisation that I’ve long admired to help take its work to the next level.”
Sir Derek Myers, chair, said: “We’re delighted to be welcoming Polly to Shelter. Her impressive expertise and fresh thinking will help the organisation develop and implement a range of exciting services and groundbreaking campaigns.”