Our Chief Executive

Leslie Morphy OBE

Leslie MorphyLeslie Morphy has been our Chief Executive since November 2006. Her career before coming to Crisis was largely in the not-for-profit sector, with a strong emphasis on social exclusion and expertise in learning and skills development.

She was a Director at The Prince's Trust for nearly 10 years, latterly as UK Director of Programmes and Policy delivering programmes to 40,000 young people a year. During her time there the reach of the Trust to young people through its programmes doubled.

Before working at The Prince's Trust, Leslie was Head of Research and Development at the Basic Skills Agency, whose work formed the bedrock of government policy on literacy and numeracy. She previously ran a social enterprise, Broadcasting Support Services, which connected television and radio audiences to information and services. 

Ambitious plans

Leslie has led Crisis through a period of ambitious growth and development. Her major achievements include the establishment of Crisis Skylight learning and advice services across the UK. Crisis now operates in Birmingham, Coventry & Warwickshire, Edinburgh, London (Bermondsey and Spitalfields), Merseyside, Newcastle, Oxford and South Yorkshire. Crisis is at the forefront of campaigning on behalf of homeless people and we run a private rented sector national advisory service working with partners across the UK to enhance access to the private rented sector for single homeless people. Leslie led the development of a new five year strategic plan, her second as Chief Executive, which was launched in July 2013. The new strategy will ensure Crisis continues its ambitious journey towards its goal to end homelessness. After nearly eight years Leslie will be leaving Crisis in the summer having overseen a doubling of income, significant increases in staff and volunteer numbers and critically a tripling of the numbers of homeless people given access to Crisis services. 

Leslie received her OBE in the 2010 Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to homeless people.

She has degrees from the London School of Economics and Birkbeck College, London University. She is Deputy Chair of the Board of Governors for Oxford Brookes University, a non-executive member of the Home Group Board and Chair of a small charity, Newborns Vietnam. Until recently she was a trustee of Bliss, the special care baby charity.

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