Matt Downie MBE

Chief Executive, Crisis

Matt Downie MBE has been Chief Executive of Crisis since January 2022. Prior to that he was Crisis’ Director of Policy and External Affairs from July 2014.

Matt has led a number of significant initiatives in policy, research, best practice and service development in homelessness. This includes leading the campaign to achieve the Homelessness Reduction Act which came into force in 2018. He was awarded an MBE in the 2019 Queen’s birthdays honours, for ‘Services to tackling homelessness’, and is the UK representative for FEANTSA, the European-wide body on homelessness.

Prior to his work at Crisis Matt led award winning teams and successful campaigns at Action for Children and the National Autistic Society, and he began his career at Shelter.