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Chris Holmes will be leaving his job as the director of Shelter at the end of the month. ...
Chris Holmes will be leaving his job as the director of Shelter at the end of the month.

Peter Robson, chairman of Shelter's board of trustees said: 'Chris has been the director for over seven years and has made an outstanding contribution to Shelter over this period. Shelter has had a significant influence on the government's housing policies, especially on its overall approach to homelessness and the new Homelessness Act. Under Chris' leadership, Shelter has expanded its work in many directions including a growth in income of almost threefold to an annual turnover of£30m and developments in the quality and range of its practical housing services. All of the trustees are very sorry to see him go, but wish him well. We look forward to continuing working with him in the sector, where he has so much to contribute.'

Chris Holmes said: 'I have greatly enjoyed my time at Shelter, witnessing the way in which all staff have been able to influence policy, and to make a real difference to people's lives. I wish Shelter continued success in carrying out its worthwhile work. I am grateful for the support that I have received.'

Chris intends to continue his work on housing, homelessness and social policy issues, especially on the need for more affordable housing and new ways of tackling homelessness.

In close liaison with the board, Shelter's senior management team have now assumed overall responsibility for management of the organisation. An interim director will be appointed shortly while a new director is being recruited.

Ben Jackson, director of external affairs said: 'Chris has made a huge contribution to Shelter and his departure will be a great loss. After years of campaigning for the passing of the groundbreaking Homelessness Act, Shelter is now gearing up for an important new phase in our work. Our energies are concentrated on ensuring the Act is implemented effectively across the country to ensure maximum positive change for homeless and badly housed people. Shelter is taking forward a major national and regional campaign as the Act comes into force in July this year.'

* Shelter is a campaigning charity organisation that every year works with over 100,000 homeless or badly housed people.

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