We are excited to announce that Meghan Roach is stepping up to the role of Operations Director.
Meghan has been with New Horizon for nearly four years, previously holding the role of Services Manager, leading our youth work, advice and employment teams to deliver best practice for thousands of young Londoners with nowhere safe to go. During the pandemic, Meghan was instrumental in steering the organisation through safe and effective Covid working, quickly mobilising the team and services to adapt to a remote model. Most notably, Meghan led on the set up of our ground-breaking provision for young rough sleepers, Hotel 1824.
Before joining New Horizon, Meghan worked for over 6 years at The Prince’s Trust, delivering young people’s personal social development and employability programmes in both frontline and management roles. Prior to this she studied History at the University of Leeds alongside volunteering for a number of education and international development charities.
Commenting on the appointment, Phil Kerry, Chief Executive at New Horizon Youth Centre said: “I am delighted that Meghan will continue to help us deliver our mission, now in the capacity as our Director of Operations. She was the standout candidate from 53 applicants and is exactly what the organisation – and the young people we support – need to steer us through this next phase in our history”.
Meghan Roach shared: “I am thrilled to be taking the next step in my career here at New Horizon Youth Centre, working with an ambitious and dynamic team to deliver high-quality services for our young people. I look forward to the opportunity to embed the positive changes we have already made to delivery during the pandemic, to invest further in the care of our staff, and to increase visibility and awareness around the issue of youth homelessness.”
The services Meghan will be leading have never been more needed, with youth homelessness hitting new records in the wake of Covid-19. With government initiatives such as furlough, evictions and ‘Everyone In’; the project that moved England’s rough sleeping population into empty hotels virtually overnight, drawing to a close, more people than ever are facing homelessness. Government data showed that in the winter of 2020, with Covid-19 infections hitting record highs and temperatures plummeting, one in ten of those with no other option than sleeping on the streets of London was under the age of 25. Our own data showed a sharp 20% increase in need for our services and have continued to be high, with more requests for housing, job and mental health support flooding in.
We believe that the appointment of expert leaders will be a crucial factor in the homelessness sector during this period of recovery and learning and we're confident that our leadership choices will continue to creative innovative, cross-sector collaborations and setting best practice standards.
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