Homelessness body appoints new chief executive
The UK’s homelessness umbrella organisation has appointed a new chief executive after the shock departure of former boss Jenny Edwards at the end of last year.
Rick Henderson, currently the chief executive of organisation Action for Advocacy, is expected to take up his new role from July.
Former head Jenny Edwards resigned from her post as Homeless Link’s chief executive in December. The organisation said she had left ‘to pursue new opportunities and challenges’.
In January, members of the organisation called for an independent inquiry into her departure.
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.’
Mr 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.’
Mr Henderson is the founder of Action for Advocacy, which develops effective advocacy services for vulnerable and disempowered people.
He has more than 20 years’ experience gained at a senior level within the voluntary and community sectors.
Matt Harrison, Homeless Link’s director of business and enterprise, has acted as interim chief executive since Ms Edwards’ departure.