We are delighted to announce the appointment of Lindsay Cordery-Bruce, as our new chief executive.

Mrs Cordery-Bruce, who experienced homelessness as a teenager, moves from NewLink Wales where she was CEO for six years.

The Wallich’s previous chief executive, Antonia Watson, sadly passed away in July 2017.  Joint-interim chief executives, Darren Pritchard, Director of Finance and IT, and Antony Kendall, Director of Operations, oversaw the organisation during the search for a new CEO.

Mrs Cordery-Bruce has more than 18 years’ experience in the substance misuse field.  She has previously advised commissioning groups, Welsh Government and managed a vast portfolio for the English Community Partnership including housing, domestic abuse and community policing.

She is co-author of a Substance Misuse Treatment Framework (SMTF), also known as the Recovery Framework for Wales, called Recovery Oriented Integrated Systems of Care, and is academically published on the subject of culturally-appropriate practice within the substance misuse sector.

At The Wallich, we operate under three core objectives: getting people off the streets; keeping people off the streets; and creating opportunities for people. Running more than 70 diverse projects, across 19 local authorities, The Wallich works with more than 5,000 people every year across Wales.

Mrs Cordery-Bruce’s appointment compliments The Wallich’s mission to diversify its workforce. To lead by example in employing people with different backgrounds, it made a pledge to employ 25% of its workforce as having lived experience of homelessness by the year 2020. This figure currently sits at 15.5%.

New chief executive, Mrs Cordery-Bruce, said, “I am really delighted to join The Wallich.  Having spent all my career trying to help disadvantaged people improve their life’s chances, I believe that the innovative work going on is incredibly important.

“For a period of time, as a vulnerable teenager, I did not have a roof over my own head and I understand deeply and personally how the services which our staff deliver, day in and day out, can make an enormous difference to people who have all but given up hope.”

Homelessness is increasing in Wales.  The Wallich’s Rough Sleepers’ Intervention Team made contact with 40 people in Cardiff on Christmas Day in 2017; its highest number since recording began in 2013.  The Wallich is working with local councils, the police and other agencies to deliver effective homelessness services.

Mrs Cordery-Bruce continued, “While we cannot predict the future, we can shape it.  One thing I am absolutely certain of, we will continue to build on the successes experienced under Antonia Watson’s leadership and achieve even more remarkable things to help vulnerable people in Wales.”

Find out more about homelessness in Wales, read our latest rough sleeping statistics.