Martin Houghton-Brown | Depaulcharity

Depaul helps people who are homeless, vulnerable and disadvantaged.

Martin Houghton-Brown

Martin Houghton-Brown

Chief Executive

Martin is Chief Executive of Depaul UK, the nationwide charity for homeless young people, working to ensure every young homeless person has a place to call home and no young person sleeps in an unsafe place.

In his early career, Martin worked with young people affected by substance misuse, mental and sexual health issues and started providing safe places for homeless young people.

The Nightstop emergency accommodation service run by Depaul is in many respects a return to where Martin started his career around 20 years ago.

Martin has worked - and continues to work - extensively with the Government on policy matters and has contributed towards statutory guidance on children who go missing and who are sexually exploited.

He was a founder member of the Prime Ministerial Taskforce on Missing Persons that led to the first-ever cross-governmental strategy on Missing Children and Vulnerable Adults.

Martin has served for two years as a member of the Office for the Children’s Commissioner's Inquiry into “Child Sexual Exploitation in Gangs and Groups”.

He has been a regular contributor in the media as well as a conference speaker with a reputation for setting out with passion why vulnerable people deserve the best support from public and voluntary services.

Previously, Martin was Chief Executive of Missing People, a charity that provides support for missing children and vulnerable adults and their families.

And before that, he was Deputy Director at The Children’s Society, where he was author of the ground-breaking report "Stepping Up", which generated the Government’s Young Runaways Action Plan.

He is a Director and Trustee of YMCA England, a School Governor and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Nightstop UK

Nightstop helps homeless young people find a safe place to stay, one night at a time.

Communities and charities run Nightstops in 33 locations around the UK - giving nearly 1,700 young people a bed for the night in 2014 alone.

Depaul UK coordinates the Nightstop Network and runs Nightstops in London, the North East, the North West and Cumbria.

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