Shelter hires Sam Younger as interim chief executive

Former British Red Cross director takes over next month

Housing charity Shelter has appointed an interim chief executive and chair.

Sam Younger will take up the reins from current chief executive Adam Sampson on 2 April. Tony Crook, a Shelter trustee for the past five years and former pro-vice chancellor of the University of Sheffield, will take over from acting chair Hugh Norton on 1 May.

Younger was chair of the Electoral Commission until the end of 2008, and is a former director-general of the British Red Cross and managing director of the BBC World Service.

Sampson is leaving to head the new Office for Legal Complaints, having spent more than six years at the charity.

Shelter said it intended to have a permanent chief executive in place by the end of the year.

A Shelter spokesman said the organisation did not want to leave the position vacant at an important time for the charity, and employing someone on a short-term basis would ensure a "seamless transition".

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