Migrant Help appoints a permanent Chief Executive

posted : 16th May 2017

Andrew Billany will be joining the organisation on 26 June and brings with him a wealth of expertise and experience. Andrew has been Chief Executive of housing organisations for most of the past seventeen years, including a Housing Association specialising in care and support. He currently manages large scale housing services at Homes for Haringey. Andrew is the Chair of the Strategy and Performance Committee of Nacro, and senior Board trustee, which is a social justice charity that focuses on supporting offenders, housing and education.

Andrew’s current work has seen him working to establish the Syrian Resettlement Programme in Haringey and to develop an approach to how this is successful in high housing demand areas such as London. Supporting refugees and asylum seekers has been a constant during his career in housing and managing homelessness. This critical link also means that Andrew knows some of Migrant Help’s key stakeholders.

Looking for a new challenge within a value based organisation Andrew said: “I am really thrilled to be joining Migrant Help as Chief Executive. I am very much looking forward to making a start in the role and to getting around to meet colleagues as soon as possible. In amongst all the challenges we face, these are exciting times, as well, and I’ve already been enthused by things I have learned about Migrant Help’s great work. It is clear that Migrant Help is well set to thrive from such a strong base and I’m taking on the role with great prospects for success.”

Lucy Bracken, Migrant Help’s Chair of Trustees welcomes Andrew’s appointment: “He is an outstanding and inspiring candidate for this role.  His commitment to ensuring that our beneficiaries are at the heart of all that we do, and his record in developing staff teams to be confident and cohesive, gives me every confidence that he will pick up from the wonderful work that Catherine Johnstone has done over the past year.”