Polly Neate appointed chief executive of Shelter

Currently in the same role at the domestic violence charity Women's Aid, she will join the homelessness charity in August

Polly Neate
Polly Neate

Polly Neate, chief executive of the domestic violence charity Women’s Aid, has been appointed chief executive of the homelessness charity Shelter.

Neate, who has been at Women’s Aid for the past four years, replaces Campbell Robb, who joined the Joseph Rowntree Foundation as chief executive last month.

Before joining Women’s Aid, Neate was executive director of external relations and communications at Action for Children, where she worked for seven years. She previously worked as a journalist.

"It’s an honour to join a pioneering organisation that I’ve long admired to help take its work to the next level," said Neate.

Sir Derek Myers, chair of Shelter, said Neate’s "impressive expertise and fresh thinking will help the organisation develop and implement a range of exciting services and ground-breaking campaigns".

Beverley Pass, co-chair of Women’s Aid, said Neate had done a "fantastic job" for the charity over the past four years.

Neate will be paid £122,500 a year for her new role, which a Shelter spokeswoman said was at the start of the charity’s chief executive pay scale.

Robb was paid £133,843 a year, according to the charity’s annual report covering the year to the end of March 2016.

Graeme Brown, chief executive of Shelter Scotland, who has been interim chief executive of Shelter since Robb’s departure, will continue in the role until Neate takes up the job on 14 August.

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