Polly Neate

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Polly Neate is chief executive of the homelessness charity Shelter.[1] She was appointed to her current post, after a period at Women's Aid, which she also headed.[2] During her time at Women's Aid, Neate more than doubled its revenue from £1.5m in 2013 to £3.5m in 2016 and turned a deficit of £760,880 into a surplus of £791,830.[3] She also secured legislation to criminalise coercive and controlling behaviour, and launched the Safer Futures project which aims to do preventative work in schools by teaching children about healthy relationships in order to prevent domestic abuse.[4] This led to Women's Aid describing her as a "powerful advocate for change".[4]

Neate chose to move to a role in housing after seeing a connection between domestic violence and the housing crisis.[2] However, her interest in campaigning for housing rights began whilst she was working as a journalist in the late 1980s when she interviewed a family living in unsuitable conditions in Tower Hamlets, East London.[5]


  1. ^ "Polly Neate". Shelter England. Retrieved 2018-05-20.
  2. ^ a b Foster, Dawn (5 September 2017). "Polly Neate: 'Housing is the bedrock of everything'". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  3. ^ "The Big Hire: Polly Neate". Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Chief Executive Polly Neate to leave Women's Aid for new role at Shelter - Womens Aid". Women's Aid. 21 February 2017. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  5. ^ "The Big Hire: Polly Neate". Retrieved 2018-05-20.