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Hestia appoints Terrie Alafat CBE as Chair

Tuesday 4 December 2018: Terrie Alafat CBE will today begin her term as Chair of Trustees at charity Hestia. Hestia, which supports over 10,000 adults and children in crisis each year, has been providing practical and emotional support since 1970, both through accommodation-based support and in the community.

Terrie’s career has cemented her as a key figure within the housing sector. She is currently Chief Executive at Chartered Housing Institute and was awarded a CBE in 2013 for services to homeless people. With this first-hand experience, Terrie will be able to utilise her knowledge to spearhead Hestia’s work to provide practical solutions for adults and children rebuilding a life after a crisis.

Terrie Alafat CBE said:

“Working to help provide a safe place for someone to live is my passion. Hestia works collaboratively with service users to build an independent life after their crisis, yet housing continues to be an up-hill battle. A home provides more than shelter, it’s a place where families can grow, and it should be made a priority to enable recovery for those who have experienced significant trauma.”




About Hestia

At Hestia, we support adults and children across London in times of crisis. Last year we worked with more than 9,000 people including women and children who have experienced domestic abuse, victims of modern slavery, young care leavers and older people. From giving someone a home to helping them to get the right mental health support, we support and enable people at the moment of crisis.

Hestia is also the home of UK SAYS NO MORE, a national campaign to raise awareness of domestic abuse and sexual violence across the UK.

About Terrie Alafat CBE

Terrie Alafat is chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards and joined the board of Trustees at Hestia in September 2018. Before joining CIH in 2015 Terrie was director of housing in the then-Department for Communities and Local Government, with overall policy responsibility for the supply and management of housing across all tenures, housing growth, and homelessness prevention and support. As part of this, she also led on sponsorship of the Homes and Communities Agency. She has worked in the civil service covering various housing policies and programmes since 2003.

Terrie was given a CBE in 2013 for services to homeless people.

Terrie began her career in the UK in social services policy development in a local authority and was director of housing and corporate strategy in the royal borough of Kensington and Chelsea until she moved to the civil service. Her academic background is in social policy and research.