New Chair and interim CEO

31 March 2009

Sam Younger

Shelter has appointed a new interim CEO and a new Chair of its Board of Trustees.

Former chair of The Electoral Commission Sam Younger (pictured) will join us on 2 April as interim Chief Executive.

Mr Younger’s previous roles include Director General of the British Red Cross and Managing Director of the BBC World Service.

He will carry out an interim role, and will replace former CEO Adam Sampson who joins the Office for Legal Complaints after more than six years at Shelter.

Professor Tony Crook has been appointed Chair of our Board of Trustees with effect from 1 May.

Professor Crook is former Pro-Vice Chancellor of The University of Sheffield where he was responsible for academic planning, and has been a Shelter Trustee for the last five years.

He has a long and distinguished career within housing, including significant contributions to housing research, and is currently the Professor of Town & Regional Planning at the University of Sheffield. He is also an elected academician of the Academy of Social Sciences and a Fellow of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

Shelter Acting Chair Hugh Norton said: 'We are delighted to have made both these appointments. Tony knows Shelter well and brings huge depth of expertise to issues on housing, and Sam has a strong track record leading a diverse range of organisations.

'These appointments will ensure a smooth management transition and ensure Shelter’s vital work will be continued at this critical time for housing. We are extremely fortunate to have such strong individuals to lead the organisation in the future.'

The Board is also launching a recruitment process for a permanent Chief Executive, and aims to have someone in post by the end of the year.