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Chief executive of Canning Town homelessness charity steps down after 12 years

PUBLISHED: 13:53 20 April 2017 | UPDATED: 14:07 20 April 2017

Keith Fernett is standing down as chief executive of Caritas Anchor House. Picture by Ellie Hoskins

Keith Fernett is standing down as chief executive of Caritas Anchor House. Picture by Ellie Hoskins

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Keith Fernett, the chief executive of Caritas Anchor House, has left the homelessness charity after 12 years.

Caritas Anchor House acting chief executive, Linda Maytum-Wilson,Caritas Anchor House acting chief executive, Linda Maytum-Wilson,

In a statement released today by Monsignor John Armitage, the Canning Town charity’s chair of trustees, it was announced that “Keith Fernett has decided that now is the right time to move on and pass the baton to fresh leadership”.

A permanent replacement for Mr Fernett is being sought.

Director of Operations Linda Maytum-Wilson has taken over as acting chief executive while Rebecca Rieley, head of business, becomes acting deputy chief executive.

In his statement, Mgr. John Armitage said the pair were “well placed to provide continuity whilst we recruit a new chief executive.”

He added: “Caritas Anchor House will continue to significantly impact the lives of thousands of people in Newham.

“Over the past 12 years, Caritas Anchor House has provided a home to around 2,500 of the most vulnerable people in our community, supported over 800 homeless people into their own homes, and over 600 into paid employment.

“It has increased the staff team from 29 to 51 as the income has increased from £850,000 per year to £2.4million in 2015/16.”

Mr Fernett has presided over Caritas Anchor House’s £15.3 million Home and Hope Appeal to date, recently overseeing the completion of 25 new move-on flats for current residents.

The former chief executive has not released a comment as part of the announcement.

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