Fiona Colley joins Homeless Link as Director of Social Change
Covid-19 has brought about unprecedented changes to the nature of the national and local response to homelessness, and a profound shift in how the issue itself is perceived and understood.
As the membership body for homelessness charities, we feel it is important that Homeless Link is ready to build on this momentum and seize the opportunity to drive and influence positive change, providing thought leadership and speaking up on behalf of the sector when needed.
As Director of Social Change, Fiona Colley will lead Homeless Link’s campaigning and thought leadership activities within the homelessness sector and beyond, with responsibility for our policy, research, communications and digital functions.
She will provide a powerful voice for people experiencing homelessness and our member organisations working to support them, in order to help end homelessness for good.
Fiona will also play a key role in the strategic direction of Homeless Link as a member of the Senior Leadership Team.
Fiona joins us from Lewisham Council, where, as Director of Strategy and Communications, she was responsible for its communications, corporate strategy and strategic partnerships, and was part of the Senior Leadership Team.
Previously, Fiona was a Cabinet Member at Southwark Council, providing political leadership and responsibility for strategy, policy, communications, stakeholder engagement and public affairs. For sixteen years, until 2018, Fiona was a councillor in Peckham, working directly with constituents in housing need and drawing on those experiences to champion change at a greater scale.
Fiona has the following message for Homeless Link’s members and staff: “I’m excited to be joining you all at this key moment in our mission to end homelessness – a time when the only certainty is change. Our challenge is to seize this moment and ensure this is change for the better, for people experiencing homelessness and for you, the frontline organisations who support them.
“I’m looking forward to bringing my passion for social justice and experience in politics, campaigning and government to lead bold, powerful and effective campaigns with and on behalf of our members. These will focus on influencing policy makers and decision takers across central, regional and local government to take the action we need to see.”