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Homelessness charity Crisis welcomes new Trustees

National homelessness charity Crisis today announces the appointment of two new trustees to guide and support the organisation’s work. 

Alastair Wilson joins the board this month and brings a wealth of experience to the organisation. Having been CEO at the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) since 2004, Alastair has helped support thousands of social entrepreneurs with learning programmes and “match trading” grants. Acting both as chair of the Foyer Federation and co-founder and director of Tonic Housing, the UK's first LGBTQ+ elder care facility, he also brings a strong interest in ending homelessness.  

Geeta Nanda OBE, Chief Executive of Metropolitan Thames Valley housing association, will join Crisis’ board on 1 September. Sitting on the advisory board for Homewards, the Prince of Wales’ initiative to tackle homelessness, as well as the Government’s Older People’s Housing Taskforce, Geeta brings years of experience around tackling homelessness.  

A former board member of the National Housing Federation and chair of the G15 group of London housing associations, Geeta was awarded an OBE for achievements in social housing in 2013. She is also non-executive director of Redrow plc and PRS REIT plc. 

The two new Trustees will help guide the charity through a crucial period as the number of people experiencing the worst forms of homelessness continues to rise. This includes sleeping on the streets, on friends and families' sofas, or in unsuitable temporary accommodation, such as nightly paid B&Bs. 

Following these appointments, Crisis is now opening recruitment for two further trustees to join the board later this year: 

Alastair Wilson said: “With a new Government set to form, it’s more important than ever that we increase our efforts and demand that homelessness is ended for good. It is vital that everyone can enjoy a safe and secure home and I’m looking forward to supporting Crisis’ work.” 

Geeta Nanda OBE said: “I am delighted to be joining Crisis as one of their new Trustees. Having worked in housing and homelessness for over 35 years, I understand first-hand the multiple factors that can lead to someone losing their home. I am excited to bring my expertise to Crisis and play a part in making a positive difference to people’s lives.” 

Dame Tristia Harrison DBE, Chair of Trustees at Crisis, said: “I am delighted to be welcoming Geeta and Alastair to the board of Trustees here at Crisis. They both bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise in housing and homelessness at such a critical time and will play a huge part in helping us to end homelessness for good.” 

Matt Downie MBE, Chief Executive of Crisis, said: “It’s fantastic to welcome Geeta and Alastair to our Board of Trustees. With homelessness continuing to rise across the country, and with a general election fast approaching, it has never been a more crucial time for Crisis. They both bring a breadth of experience to our organisation, and I look forward to working with them as we look to create a future free from homelessness.”