Our Chief Executive
Jon Sparkes has been the Chief Executive of Crisis, the national homelessness organisation, since September 2014.
Crisis works primarily with single homeless people and operates from nine Skylight centres across England and Scotland, growing to 11 centres by the end of 2016 with additional teams in South Wales and Brent in north London.
The charity is also the leading source of research, knowledge and evaluation of the causes and solutions of homelessness, including the publication of the Homelessness Monitor, which provides a regular comprehensive update on homelessness across the UK.
Prior to joining Crisis, Jon was the Chief Operating Officer of UNICEF UK, and before that the Chief Executive of SCOPE, the national disability charity. At UNICEF, Jon’s role focused on the day to day running of the UK office, fundraising to support refugees from the Syrian crisis, and leading the partnership between UNICEF and the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. As Chief Executive of SCOPE, Jon led the organisation through a period of significant change to provide innovative services for disabled people of all ages with complex support needs, and worked to create a strong alliance between disability charities and grass-roots disabled people’s organisations led by disabled people.
Jon also had a successful career as a Human Resources Director in the commercial and public sectors, including with the UK-based international technology firm, The Generics Group. During this time he was also a Vice President of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. He is a Trustee of ACEVO (the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations) and SeeAbility, a charity supporting disabled people who are also blind or sight-impaired. He has a degree in Management Sciences from Loughborough University.