The Board of St Mungo’s has announced that Chief Executive Howard Sinclair has decided to step down in autumn 2020 after 18 years in the homelessness sector.
Sinclair, who became CEO of St Mungo’s in 2014, made the announcement as the charity begins work on its next five year organisational strategy.
He said: “St Mungo’s is starting to plan ahead to 2026. It’s a personal decision to step down, the time is right and I wanted to give as much notice as possible to enable the Board to appoint a successor and ensure a smooth transition.
“There are many things I want to achieve before leaving next autumn, not least influencing the new Government to take action to end homelessness. Then I plan to take the “gap year” I’ve been promising myself for 25 years before deciding what I do next.
“It has been an enormous privilege to have worked with so many inspiring and dedicated colleagues at St Mungo’s. I am very proud to have been part of its ongoing history, in this its 50th anniversary year.”
On behalf of the Trustees, Robert Napier, Chair of St Mungo’s Board, said: “Howard has demonstrated great service and commitment to St Mungo’s, helping it grow and develop. We will have a lot to thank him for when he steps down next year. In the meantime, Howard will continue to lead the organisation in accordance with the current five year strategy. The Board has commenced the process to identify and appoint a worthy successor, recognising this will take us well into next year.
“The challenges remain, with more than 4,000 people currently sleeping rough on the streets of England each night and homelessness increasing. St Mungo’s has been at the forefront of preventing homelessness and helping people to recover from being homeless and that will continue to be our goal.”
“The organisation’s latest Annual Review shows that it worked with almost 30,000 people during 2018-19. In a feedback survey 92% of clients said they believed the charity helped them make positive changes in their lives.”