NACCOM appoints Bridget Young as Director
NACCOM, the UK-wide No Accommodation Network supporting people seeking asylum, refugees and other migrants experiencing destitution, is excited to announce that Bridget Young will be taking on the role of Director at the charity.
Bridget has worked in housing and homelessness for over 15 years, most recently at the Nationwide Foundation. Her extensive funding, policy and influencing experience has played a key role in the Foundation’s Decent Affordable Homes Strategy, through leading a programme to improve the private rented sector so that it provides better and more affordable homes to people in need. This included co-founding the Renters’ Reform Coalition, which brings together 20 organisations representing renters to positively and proactively influence Government policy. Prior to the Nationwide Foundation, Bridget spent a decade working in the housing team at Crisis, collaborating with charities and local authorities across the UK to fund, establish and deliver housing services.
On her appointment, Bridget said: “I am delighted to be taking on the role of Director of NACCOM. I strongly believe that everyone should have a decent home as a place to live, grow, heal and thrive, and to become the members of the community they want to be. If one person in this country faces destitution, it is a scandal.”
“Now, more than ever, we need to amplify the voices of people with lived experience and highlight the vital work of NACCOM’s member organisations as we move towards our shared vision of an end to destitution for people seeking asylum, refugees and migrants with NRPF. I am in awe of the work of NACCOM and its member organisations, partners and supporters, and look forward to working with the full NACCOM family to create a more humane and just immigration system.”
Julian Prior, Chair of NACCOM’s Board of Trustees, said: “We are thrilled that Bridget will be leading NACCOM on the next important step of the charity’s journey, and very much look forward to working with her as a board. Bridget’s passion and commitment to social justice, human rights, and tackling homelessness is clear from her deep knowledge and experience, and her collaborative and dynamic approach to relationship building will be a key strength for the NACCOM network as we continue to grow and evolve.”
“In leading our excellent staff team, Bridget’s strategic vision will ensure that we continue to develop and enhance our network, foreground the voices of those with lived experience of the asylum system, support our members, and work tirelessly to end destitution.”
Bridget is based in London and will join NACCOM in July 2021.