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Jon Sparkes

Chief Executive, Crisis

Jon joined Crisis as Chief Executive in 2014. He is also a Trustee at the Centre for Homelessness Impact and a Non-Executive Director at South Yorkshire Housing Association as well as Chair of the Welsh Government’s Homelessness Action Group. Jon is a Member of UK Government’s Rough Sleeping Advisory Panel, and a Member of Scottish Government’s Homelessness Prevention and Strategy Group.

Jon was previously Chair of the Scottish Government’s Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group. Prior to Crisis, Jon was Chief Operating Officer at Unicef UK and Chief Executive at SCOPE.

Blogs from this author

As chief executive of national homelessness charity Crisis, I’ve been fortunate enough to be invo...


29/06/2016

There was a distinct note of determination in the air as we all took our seats for the inaugural...


06/10/2017

In the four weeks since the first meeting of the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group, th...


06/11/2017

Chief Executive, Jon Sparkes' blog: More rough sleepers will be helped this winter after the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon and Housing Minister, Kevin Stewart MSP, accepted the short-term recommendations of the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group.


28/11/2017

The quiet determination that has been present in the meetings since the Action Group started work on 5 October continued as we started the 4th meeting by reviewing the implementation of the actions we recommended for this winter.


21/12/2017

Chief Executive blog: With the festive season behind us, members of the Scottish Government’s Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group were as focused as ever when we met for the fifth time in Shelter Scotland’s offices in Edinburgh this week.


19/01/2018

That sense of resolve sums up the atmosphere of the 2nd stakeholder workshop of the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group which took place yesterday. Colleagues from across housing, charities, justice, health, councils, housing associations and faith groups gathered to hear about and input to the progress the Action Group has made so far on recommending solutions to the Scottish Government on ending rough sleeping in Scotland and transforming the use of temporary accommodation.


31/01/2018

Chief Executive blog: Recommendations for ending rough sleeping in Scotland are nearing completion.


08/02/2018

Chief Executive blog: There was consensus for the principles of what we want to recommend at last week's meeting of the Scottish Government’s Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group.


26/02/2018

Yesterday saw the eighth meeting of the Scottish Government's Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group (HRSAG).


16/03/2018

Chief Executive blog: Scottish Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group stakeholder day


29/03/2018

Latest update on Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group


27/04/2018

Jon Sparkes' latest blog on the Scottish Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group. "I am delighted to begin this blog by confirming that this week, Kevin Stewart, Minister for Local Government and Housing has accepted in principal the recommendations from the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group on how to transform temporary accommodation."


30/05/2018

Today is a significant day in our efforts to end homelessness in Scotland for good as Local Government and Housing Minister, Kevin Stewart confirmed that the final recommendations of the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group (HARSAG) have been accepted by the Scottish Government.


27/06/2018

As the publication of the Scottish Government’s new Action Plan for Ending Homelessness Together was debated in the Scottish Parliament yesterday and received cross-party backing, Jon Sparkes, Crisis chief executive and chair of the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group, (HARSAG) blogs about the significant progress that’s been made in the last 15 months.


30/11/2018

Twelve months ago, in June 2018, I was working closely with colleagues from the Scottish Governme...


27/06/2019

Welsh Government's homelessness action group met for the first time at the end of June. Jon Sparkes, the group's chair, reports back on progress so far.


01/07/2019

The Wales Homelessness Action Group met for the second time towards the end of the July with many actions to discuss since the first meeting a month before. Jon Sparkes, the group chair and Crisis chief executive, reports back from the second meeting and on the progress to date.


22/07/2019

Jon Sparkes, Crisis Chief Executive and chair of the Welsh Homelessness Action Group, reports back from the third meeting of the group. This meeting focused on solutions to reduce rough sleeping this winter and also how to end rough sleeping altogether.


23/08/2019

Jon Sparkes, Crisis Chief Executive and chair of the Welsh Government Action Group on homelessness provides an update on the most recent meeting, where Action Group members developed solutions for reducing and ending rough sleeping.


19/09/2019

October’s Homelessness Action Group meeting was in Carmarthen, as part of the group’s commitment...


10/10/2019