Adebowale, whose appointment was announced at SEUK’s annual general meeting last night, succeeds the former Charity Commission board member Claire Dove, who served the maximum duration of three terms of three years and has been appointed a patron of SEUK.
Adebowale, who has been appointed for an initial three-year term, was chief executive of the youth homelessness charity Centrepoint before joining Turning Point in 2001.
He was until recently chair of the London Fairness Commission, which focuses on inequality within the capital.
Adebowale was appointed CBE in 2000 for services to the unemployed and to youth homelessness and joined the House of Lords as crossbench peer in 2001.
He said he was honoured to be appointed chair of SEUK. "Recent domestic and world events mean that the social enterprise model of doing business has never been more needed if we are to create the ‘inclusive economy’," he said.
Peter Holbrook, chief executive of Social Enterprise UK, said: "Victor will be joining us at what is a hugely exciting time for the social enterprise movement and for SEUK. Social enterprises are providing answers to the most pressing issues we’re facing, from the crisis in social care to the building of a more equal economy that really works for everyone."