Posted 27 Mar 2018
Housing and homelessness charity Shelter welcomes new Chair of Trustees
Shelter’s Board of Trustees has appointed Helen Baker as Shelter’s new chair, alongside a new Chair of Audit, Risk and Finance, Goi Ashmore, and four further new trustees. Helen will take up her role from May 2018.
Helen originally trained as a social worker before developing a career in the voluntary and public sectors spanning social care, health, housing and education. She is passionate about the power and contribution of good governance. She chaired two NHS trusts in Oxfordshire, before becoming chair of the learning disability and mental health charity, Advance, in 2006 – and chair of learning disability and autism charity, Dimensions, in 2013.
The panel found the breadth of Helen’s experience – from directly working with vulnerable people, through to her senior non-executive roles for major organisations – unique and impressive.
Helen said: “I’m thrilled to have been selected as chair of Shelter – a vitally important organisation that stands up for those in need. With the national housing crisis worsening by the day and affecting more and more people, Shelter’s role in leading the fight to give a voice to the most excluded and marginalised has never been more important.
“In the years ahead, I hope Shelter will play a critical partnership role with organisations right across the housing, social care and health sectors in providing real solutions to the country’s deepening housing emergency."
Ros Micklem, former chair of Shelter Scotland, has been acting chair since August 2017 – and will continue as a trustee. Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Stonewall, has been on Shelter’s board since 2015 – and will continue as vice chair.
Shelter’s Chief Executive, Polly Neate, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Helen as our new chair, we’re very lucky to have someone with such a strong record in charity governance to guide the organisation as we embark on a new and exciting strategy to be published later this year.
“I’m extremely thankful to Ros Micklem for acting as an interim chair over the past months while we carried out a governance review and recruited a new cohort of trustees and a chair – her commitment and clear-sighted counsel has been hugely appreciated by everyone at Shelter.”
The board also selected Goi Ashmore as chair of the audit, risk and finance committee. He has been working for Barclays for more than ten years, most recently as Europe and Middle East regional treasurer.
Other new trustees include Manpreet Dillon, who has substantial experience in housing associations and is currently a director at Origin Housing, Laurice Ponting, chief executive of HouseMark, one of the UK housing sector’s largest membership organisations, Shaun Prime, who is an experienced chief executive with a background in leading large-scale property management and development businesses, and Philippe Lintern, who is currently volunteering for Shelter two days per week while on sabbatical from his role as global head of market and traded credit risk at Standard Chartered Bank.
Notes to editors
For full biographies of all our trustees, please visit: https://england.shelter.org.uk/what_we_do/our_people/board_of_trustees
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Helen Baker DL is a deputy lieutenant of Oxfordshire