Dame Louise Casey, the government’s former homelessness tsar, has announced plans to leave the civil service to return to her roots in the charity sector.
In a statement on the Department for Communities and Local Government website, Casey said she would be leaving government in the summer to take up "new opportunities in the voluntary sector and academia", but did not say where.
"While I am leaving the civil service, I am not leaving public service and will be pursuing a number of issues close to my heart," she said in her statement.
Casey has gained a reputation in the media as a straight-talking, common-sense civil servant during her time working in government.
Before joining the civil service in 1999, Casey served seven years as deputy director of the housing charity Shelter, having previously been director of the Homeless Network, which coordinates services for rough sleepers in central London.
During her 18 years in the civil service, Casey was director of the rough sleepers unit, director general of the Home Office’s Neighbourhood Crime and Justice Group and later of its anti-social behaviour unit, and also led the government’s cross-department anti-social behaviour Respect Taskforce.
She has also served as director general of the Troubled Families Team at the DCLG after the 2011 London riots, and in 2015 led an independent inspection of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council in the wake of the child sexual exploitation scandals.
More recently, she conducted the Casey Review of social integration and opportunity, published in December 2016.
In the statement announcing her departure, she said: "It has been an incredible privilege to work at the heart of government on some of the most challenging and important areas of social policy, including homelessness, poverty, protecting communities from crime and anti-social behaviour, child sexual exploitation, troubled families and social integration and exclusion.
"I would like to thank everybody who I have worked with in this time for what we have achieved together in helping those less fortunate than ourselves."