Crisis Director awarded MBE for services to tacking homelessness

Crisis is incredibly proud to announce that Matt Downie, our Director of Policy and External Affairs, has been awarded an MBE for his services to tackling homelessness. MBEs recognise the achievements of a wide range of extraordinary people across the United Kingdom.

Matt, who joined Crisis in 2014, played a leading role in the introduction of the Homelessness Reduction Act – one of the biggest reforms to homelessness legislation in England in a generation – as well as the publication of ‘Everybody In: How to end homelessness in Great Britain’, a landmark body of work showing how homelessness can be ended for good. 

These ground-breaking achievements will have an impact on homelessness for years to come.

Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive of Crisis, said: "I am delighted that Matt Downie has been awarded an MBE. Matt will be the first to say that the work he has lead on has been the result of a team effort across the organisation, along with support from sector experts, politicians, and our incredible supporters – all of whom are fighting for an end to homelessness once and for all.

"But this is also a well-deserved recognition of Matt’s expertise, determination, and drive that are at the heart of these landmark achievements.

"Along with our board of trustees, I am delighted for Matt and his family, and hugely grateful for his contributions. His hard work and dedication – as well as that of every single one of our employees – makes me proud to be part of Crisis every day."

Matthew Downie, Director of Policy and External Affairs, said: "I am truly honoured to receive an MBE for services to tackling homelessness. Achieving an end to homelessness is a deeply held and shared vision across staff teams, volunteers and supporters at Crisis. I am pleased to have played a part in the successes we have achieved in recent years, but would like to recognise the passion, dedication and hard work of the whole team in receiving this award."

Before joining Crisis, Matt has worked at Action for Children, the National Autistic Society and Shelter.