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July 10 2009
Shelter CEO Adam Sampson quits to head consumer watchdog The chief executive of homelessness charity Shelter has quit to become the head of a new consumer watchdog. Adam Sampson, who has led the charity for six years, will be the first chief ombudsman of the Office for Legal Complaints, which will monitor legal services. Mr Sampson, 49, took charge of Shelter just months after plans to merge with rival organisation Crisis collapsed. His departure comes as the charity struggles with the effects of the recession. As a result of a significant drop in the level of donations over the last 18 months, it has been forced to make job cuts, while also handling a rise in demand for its services, as more and more people lose their homes. Mr Sampson said: "The six or more years I have spent in Shelter have been some of the most satisfying - and challenging - of my life. "Shelter has been, and always will be, very important to me and I always knew that it would take a special job to tempt me away." Mr Sampson began his career as a probation officer, before becoming deputy director of the Prison Reform Trust. In 1994, he joined the Home Office as assistant prisons ombudsman before returning to the voluntary sector as chief executive of drugs charity RAPt. He will take up his new post on 1st July 2009.