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Dear Candidate,

Thank you for your interest in the role of Chief Executive at Crisis, the national charity for people facing homelessness.

Across this site you will learn more about our history, our strategy, how we approach our work and the key priorities for this post. You will read about both Crisis more widely and the specific requirements set out within the job description.

Everything within these pages will help you to determine whether this role might be right for you. So I want to take this opportunity to focus on Crisis culture and the sort of person the Board of Trustees and I are looking to appoint.

We are values led, with talented and dedicated staff and volunteers. We celebrate diversity and we all fervently believe that homelessness in 21st century Britain is a moral injustice. We are passionate about addressing it.

Our mission is ‘Together we will end homelessness’ and this is reflected across all of our work. In 2018 we published the plan, ‘Everybody In: How to end homelessness in Great Britain’ and believe that homelessness is not inevitable and can and will be ended.

This organisation deserves an exceptional leader who shares our passion and is ready to put their skills and experience to work to end homelessness. And we’re in a strong position.

We’ve grown considerably in recent years and now have an annual turnover approaching £70m. Our size, but more importantly our reach and impact has grown too.

In return you will be working with a skilled and mature Board and a highly talented and expert senior management team.

Homelessness is devastating, dangerous and isolating. On average, people experiencing homelessness die at just 44 years old. It is unjust and unacceptable in a modern society.

People forced to sleep on our streets are almost 17 times more likely to be victims of violence. More than one in three people sleeping rough have been deliberately hit, kicked or experienced some other form of violence whilst homeless. But we know homelessness, in all its forms, can be tackled and ended.

Through our 11 Skylight Centres across England, Scotland and Wales we meet people experiencing all forms of homelessness where they are, and as the individuals they are. We work together to end their homelessness.

During the coronavirus pandemic, we have seen what can be achieved when governments, councils and charities pull together to get people into safe emergency accommodation, and homelessness has never had a higher profile. This is largely due to the scale of the problem, and especially the scale of the most visible form of the problem; rough sleeping. Politicians are competing to be seen to be acting – as one of our founders said, we have a ‘rivalry of ambition’. Funders, donors and supporters want to do something. It could be said there is a window of opportunity. If ever there were a time for Crisis to make a difference and ensure a new consensus to end homelessness for good rather than tinkering at the edges, then that time is now.

I hope you decide to apply and look forward to meeting you if so.

Best wishes

Tristia Harrison