Derek Myers to head Shelter’s Board of Trustees

2 October 2013

Derek Myers

Derek Myers, the first person in the UK to lead two unitary local authorities at the same time, will join Shelter on 30 November 2013 as the new Chair of its Board of Trustees.

Mr Myers joins the charity from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and neighbouring Hammersmith and Fulham, where he was chief executive of both authorities. He has degrees in economics and law and is a qualified social worker, and was director of social services at the London Borough of Hounslow.

Campbell Robb, Shelter’s chief executive, said: ‘We are delighted that Derek is joining us. With his wealth of experience and knowledge he will be a huge asset to Shelter and we look forward to welcoming him.’

He also thanked outgoing Chair Professor Tony Crook, who he said ‘has made a real and lasting contribution to Shelter’s work.’

Professor Crook, the respected housing researcher and former Pro-Vice Chancellor of The University of Sheffield, has been Chair of the Board since May 2009. He will continue to be active in housing policy and practice as a non-executive member of several housing and regeneration organisations.

Professor Crook said he was ‘absolutely delighted’ by the appointment. He added: ‘In the last four years we have built a very high performing Trustee board, providing strong support and challenge to the CEO and his senior team.

‘Derek's background and experience will ensure these foundations are built on and help to ensure that Shelter continues to make the case for more housing for all and to help some of the most vulnerable in our society who suffer from the lack of affordable and decent homes.'