Future for the sector: Raab or Dubarry

Homeless charity gets a new chief executive on the day the sector has another new housing minister


As Dominic Raab was announced as housing minister, homeless charity Caritas Anchor House confirmed Amanda Dubarry as its new chief executive.

There’s no symmetry.

Dubarry has ‘been there and done it’.

Raab will be around until something else comes along.

The sector rightly bemoans the short-term tenure of successive housing ministers, but it can still boast its “Dubarrys”  working beyond the passing phases of politics.

And from them the likes of Raab have much to learn.

For the record, then Caritas Anchor House (CAH), based in the London Borough of Newham, provides a highly regarded accommodation and support service to over 250 single homeless adults each year, as well as thousands of community members accessing its services.

The charity’s driving mission is to ensure that those who walk through their doors grow in confidence and move towards leading independent, fulfilling lives by providing education and guidance.

And Newham has the highest homelessness population than anywhere else in the country – with one in every 25 people without a home.

Dubarry joins CAH after 22 years at Step by Step, where, as Chief Executive, she was largely responsible for the diversification and growth of the charity that works with young people who are facing adversity, including homelessness, to realise their aspirations and reach their full potential.

She is also a member of the Board of Homeless Link and sits on their National Advisory Panel, and is a Trustee of charity and social enterprise Rushmoor Healthy Living.

Due to take up her new job in March, Dubarry says she’s achieved her ambitions for Step-by-Step and now was the right time to take on a  new opportunity.

At CAH she’s looking forward to “working with the team to consolidate and scale up its offering to its residents and the wider community.”

CAH has a new Chair of Trustees too.

One of the first official tasks for Simon Hall MBE – who succeeds Monsignor John Armitage after over 20 years with the charity – was to announce Dubarry’s appointment.

“We are delighted to welcome Amanda to her new role as our Chief Executive.

“She has a wealth of experience and skills, and shares our vision of creating opportunities for all to meet their aspirations, regardless of their background or life experiences.

“This is an exciting time for Caritas Anchor House as we look to develop our services, to respond to existing and future challenges for the sector and area in which we work,” he said.