National Grid Chief Executive joins Crisis as new chairman

5 March 2012

Crisis, the national charity for single homeless people, has appointed a new chairman and a number of new trustees to its Board.

Steve Holliday, Chief Executive of National Grid plc, has been appointed as the new chairman. He takes over from Sir David Bell who was Crisis chairman for the past ten years.

Steve is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineers and a chartered member of the Institute of Gas Engineering and Managers. He volunteers his time to lead a number of skills, STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) and sustainable energy related activities for Business in the Community and chairs the UK Business Council for Sustainable Energy.

Speaking about his appointment Steve said:

"I am taking on the role of chairman of Crisis at a critical time for the charity, as its services and campaigns are needed more than ever. Numbers of people becoming homeless are rising and Crisis' role as the independent and robust champion of single homeless people is crucial. Sir David Bell has done an outstanding job during his time there and leaves a great legacy. I hope to build on that record, working closely with everyone involved with the charity".

Leslie Morphy, Crisis Chief Executive said:

"Sir David Bell made an exceptional contribution during his decade at Crisis.  He believes passionately in our aim to transform people's lives and he has helped steer the charity through a period of rapid growth with foresight and dedication.  We are delighted to welcome Steve Holliday as the new Chairman.  He will bring new ideas and a new leadership style to support Crisis's aim to transform the lives of homeless people." 

A number of other new trustees will join the Board between now and April. They are:

Terrie Alafat, Director of Housing Growth and Affordable Housing at the Department of Communities and Local Government.  Terrie has worked in local and central government for 25 years covering various housing policies including homelessness, Supporting People, affordable housing and housing supply.

Nicholas Hilliard QC, a barrister who specialises in criminal law and inquests. He is a past Chair of the Criminal Bar Association and is a trustee of the Ben Kinsella Trust which aims to promote awareness of the effects of knife crime.

Richard Murley, Vice Chairman of  Rothschild and Chairman of University College Hospital Trust and is a long term supporter of Crisis. Richard has worked in the City for more than 30 years.

Emma Foulds, a marketing consultant, advising global companies in many different sectors from FMCG to pharmaceuticals. Formerly a fundraising manager for The Children's Society and then spent over 11 years in Marketing at Procter and Gamble.

Gareth Williams, an independent brand and communications advisor, working with global and national companies as well as UK government and non-profit organisations. He was with the WPP group for 11 years, as a director of two branding agencies and Global Marketing Director for a global media agency. 

Pete Redfern, Chief Executive of Taylor Wimpey plc. Pete was appointed as a Director and to the post of Group Chief Executive in July 2007, following the merger between George Wimpey Plc and Taylor Woodrow plc. Pete was Group Chief Executive of George Wimpey Plc and before that, successively held the posts of Finance Director and Chief Executive of George Wimpey's UK Housing business.


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Notes to editors:

Crisis is the national charity for single homeless people. We are dedicated to ending homelessness by delivering life-changing services and campaigning for change.

Our innovative education, employment, housing and well-being services address individual needs and help people to transform their lives.

We are determined campaigners, working to prevent people from becoming homeless and advocating solutions informed by research and our direct experience.

Crisis also runs Crisis Skylight services in six areas across the UK in Birmingham, Edinburgh, London, Merseyside, Newcastle and Oxford.



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