Evolve Housing + Support, one of London’s leading homelessness organisations, has announced the appointment of Carmen White as its new Chief Executive.
Carmen, currently Chief Executive at Chisel Housing Association in south east London, will be taking over from Jeremy Gray, who has led the organisation since June 2008.
Paul Perkin, Chair of the Board, said: “Carmen brings a wealth of experience, with a social housing career that began as a support worker in the 80’s. She has 15 years’ executive experience working for a diverse range of providers and has substantial supported housing experience.
Carmen shares our commitment to enabling all homeless people to build upon their unique strengths, aspirations and goals to leave homelessness and achieve independence for good.
At the same time, the Board would like to thank Jeremy Gray for his formidable leadership of Evolve over the last 15 years, as well as his unwavering commitment to improving the lives of those we support. Jeremy’s legacy will be one of having shaped a strong and values-led organisation for all its current and future beneficiaries.”
Carmen White said: “Evolve has a strong history and reputation for delivering inclusive services to some of the most vulnerable and marginalised groups. With the scarcity of resources and opportunities for the most vulnerable in our society, I am committed to collaborating with a wide range of commissioners, partners, and stakeholders to provide appropriate responses in these challenging times.”
Carmen will be joining the organisation at a time when demand for supported housing is rising. Recent figures show a significant increase in rough sleeping and temporary accommodation use across the capital. Organisations like Evolve are responding by providing specialist accommodation and tailored support for those impacted by homelessness and rough sleeping.
Carmen will be taking up her new role at the start of October for a handover from Jeremy before he leaves at the end of that month.