BHT Sussex appoints new Chair

Here at BHT Sussex we are delighted to announce that we have appointed Kelvin MacDonald as our new Chair of Trustees. He will take over from long-standing Chair, Joan Mortimer, in December.

Kelvin is a Senior Fellow at the Department of Land Economy at Cambridge University and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. He is a Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Communities, Housing and Local Government Select Committee and a part-time Senior Lecturer at the School of Applied Sciences at the University of Brighton.

Kelvin was an Examining Inspector dealing with major infrastructure projects for the Planning Inspectorate and, previously, the Chief Policy Adviser to the Royal Town Planning Institute. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Shelter and a member of the Committee of Shelter Scotland. His hobby is running marathons.

Kelvin said:

To say that I am pleased and proud to be taking up this role is an understatement!

BHT Sussex is a unique organisation that demonstrates that the multiple and complex needs of people going through hardship can be addressed in a sensitive, comprehensive and seamless way. We see people journey from homelessness, addiction and poverty to work, safe and decent housing and a renewed sense of confidence in themselves. This is humbling.

One of my many aims for my period as Chair is to spread the word far and wide that this approach to working with people really works and needs to be replicated – as the work of BHT Sussex shows.

BHT Sussex has grown and developed enormously over the past few years whilst retaining its core values and its person-centred approach. It is on the threshold of further challenging but very exciting developments.

I am exhilarated to work at the heart of this wonderful organisation and to be able to help in some small way to guide its current and future work – if not a little trepidatious.

Joan Mortimer will be a hard act to follow. She has led the Board as its Chair since 2013, the longest tenure in the 53-year history of BHT Sussex. Personally, and on behalf of my fellow Board members, I would like to thank Joan for her expert leadership and dedication.

Joan Mortimer said:

In Kelvin MacDonald, the Board has chosen the right person to work with our chief executive, Andy Winter, and the management team to lead the organisation into the next exciting phase of our history.

Serving BHT Sussex as its Chair since 2013 and working with the BHT Sussex team has been an honour and a privilege. We give hope to people who society has ignored, we change the lives of people who have experienced trauma, we provide recovery, opportunities and homes. 2020/21, in spite of the pandemic, has been no exception. When there is nobody else to turn to, BHT Sussex is there, changing lives across Sussex.