Friday, 31 October 2014

Homelessness charity head to step down after nearly 20 years

The chief executive of a South homelessness charity will step down next year.

Charles Fraser, chief executive of St Mungo’s, announced yesterday he will leave in April 2014. No replacement has yet been announced.

Mr Fraser worked his way up to chief executive after joining as a hostel worker in 1980, holding his current position since 1994. In 2007 he was appointed CBE for services to homeless people in London.

Mr Fraser said: ‘When I joined St Mungo’s as a hostel worker, I assumed it was a temporary job. I certainly never expected that, more than 30 years later, I would find myself looking back on a career.

‘Running a homelessness charity as wide-ranging as St Mungo’s is complicated, and sometimes frustrating as one tries to get homelessness taken seriously but, overall, it has been an enormous privilege to have led an organisation which, I like to believe, has made a real difference to the lives of so many extremely disadvantaged people.’

He said he planned to take some time off before considering his next steps.

Paul Doe, chair of St Mungo’s Board, said: ‘Charles has dedicated his career to being a forthright advocate for people who are destitute, and has been a key player in St Mungo’s ground-breaking new services which have helped tens of thousands of people over the last 30 years.’

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