Chief Executive Polly Neate to leave Women’s Aid for new role at Shelter

Tuesday 21st February 2017

Polly Neate, the Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, is leaving the organisation to take up the role of Chief Executive of Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity. It is expected that she will take over at Shelter in the summer.

She said:

“It has been a huge privilege to head up Women’s Aid for the past four years. I am so proud of what we have achieved. Most of all, I am proud of the talented team here, and the incredible survivors and services that are at the heart of our work.

“The values which I came to Women’s Aid with have been nurtured by the organisation, and they will continue to inform everything that I do in my new role.”

Neate joined Women’s Aid in February 2013, and has led on many major successes during her time. These include securing legislation to criminalise coercive and controlling behaviour; winning a total of £33 million in new Government funding for refuges; launching the Safer Futures project; increasing the capacity-building support offered to local domestic abuse services; and getting the issue of abuse in the family courts onto the public and political agenda with the Child First campaign – most recently securing legislation to prevent survivors of domestic abuse being cross-examined by their abusive ex-partners in the family courts. She has been a powerful advocate for change, overseeing the launch of Change that Lasts, Women’s Aid’s vision for the future which places the survivor at the heart of the response to domestic abuse.

Beverley Pass, Co-Chair of Women’s Aid, said:

“Polly has done a fantastic job over the past four years, representing our members and women with great passion and to great effect. We wish her all the best at Shelter. We now look forward to the next exciting phase for Women’s Aid, and begin our search for a woman who can help us on our journey to ensure that all women and children are safe”.

The recruitment process for a new Women’s Aid Chief Executive will begin soon. Women’s Aid continues to operate as usual during this transitional period.


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