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New head of Crisis

May 20 2009
Director of the Prince‘s Trust to replace Shaks Ghosh as CEO of homeless charity Crisis, the nationwide homelessness charity, has appointed a new chief executive, Leslie Morphy, after Shaks Ghosh announced her departure last month. Morphy will take up the post at the start of November. She has been a director at the Prince's Trust for nearly 10 years, latterly as UK director of programmes and policy. While she was serving as director, their reach to young people is said to have doubled. Prior to that, she worked for seven years at the Basic Skills Agency. There she drove the research and development team and was director of broadcasting support services. These provided educational referral and advice services following television and radio programmes. Shaks Ghosh, who has been chief executive since 1997, said: "I am delighted that Leslie is coming to Crisis. She has impeccable credentials and is the ideal person to take Crisis forward in developing our learning and skills agenda." Freshly-appointed Morphy replied: "I am absolutely delighted to take up the post at Crisis. I am a passionate believer in the power of learning to change people's lives and Crisis gives people opportunities to learn and put their lives back together. "I'm a great fan of Open Christmas and my family has been told not to hold their breath for their own Christmas dinners this year. Taking over from Shaks Ghosh will be a challenge, but a great challenge to have." However, despite Morphy's comments on Open Christmas, her first trial in post is likely to come from this quarter. The Pavement has heard rumours of cuts to the festive services. But, asking for comment on the possibility of changes planned to Crisis's Christmas activity, a spokesman told us "that we have no news on that [changes], as to whether there will or there won't be as yet." So, watch this space.