St Mungo's chief executive Howard Sinclair to leave next year

He has been with the homelessness charity since 2014 and intends to take a 'gap year'

Howard Sinclair
Howard Sinclair

Howard Sinclair, chief executive of the homelessness charity St Mungo’s, will leave the charity next year.

Sinclair, who has led St Mungo’s since 2014, will leave in the autumn of 2020 before the charity embarks on its next five-year strategy.

Before joining St Mungo’s, Sinclair was chief executive of Broadway Homelessness and Support for 12 years prior to the charity’s merger with St Mungo’s.

Sinclair, who also had a variety of roles in health, social care and housing before joining Broadway, said he would take a "gap year" before deciding on his next role.

The charity has been caught up in a number of controversies in recent years, particularly over its working arrangements with the Home Office.

It was forced to apologise earlier this month after one of the charity’s outreach teams shared information with the Home Office about EU citizens for more than six months without the individuals’ consent despite the charity having banned the practice.

St Mungo’s also narrowly avoided industrial action in September when a strike ballot failed by one vote to reach the minimum number of voters that would have made the ballot legally valid.

Sinclair said in a statement about his departure: "St Mungo’s is starting to plan ahead to 2026. It’s a personal decision to step down, the time is right and I wanted to give as much notice as possible to enable the board to appoint a successor and ensure a smooth transition.

"There are many things I want to achieve before leaving next autumn, not least influencing the new government to take action to end homelessness.

"Then I plan to take the ‘gap year’ I’ve been promising myself for 25 years before deciding what I do next.

"It has been an enormous privilege to have worked with so many inspiring and dedicated colleagues at St Mungo’s."

Robert Napier, chair of St Mungo’s, said: "Howard has demonstrated great service and commitment to St Mungo’s, helping it grow and develop. We will have a lot to thank him for when he steps down next year.

"In the meantime, Howard will continue to lead the organisation in accordance with the current five-year strategy. The board has commenced the process to identify and appoint a worthy successor, recognising that this will take us well into next year."

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