Leslie Morphy

Leslie Morphy photoLeslie Morphy has been the Chief Executive of Crisis since November 2006. Her career before coming to Crisis was largely in the not-for-profit sector, with a strong emphasis on social exclusion and expertise in learning and skills development.

She was a Director at The Prince's Trust for nearly 10 years, latterly as UK Director of Programmes and Policy delivering programmes to 40,000 young people a year. During her time there the reach of the Trust to young people through its programmes doubled.

Before working at The Prince's Trust, Leslie was Head of Research and Development at the Basic Skills Agency, whose work formed the bedrock of government policy on literacy and numeracy. She previously ran a social enterprise, Broadcasting Support Services, which connected television and radio audiences to information and services.

Developing Crisis

Since being at Crisis Leslie has led the development of a new five year strategic plan which will set up learning and activity centres in cities round the UK. Services have begun in Birmingham and Edinburgh and a new centre will open in Oxford next year. At the same time the scope of Crisis services has increased with more effort going into addressing people's mental health needs as well as providing better support into employment.

She has degrees from the London School of Economics and Birkbeck College, London University. She is a trustee of Bliss, the special care baby charity and a Governor of Oxford Brookes University.

Leslie is married and has a son and daughter.

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