akt appoints Interim ceo


Shān Nicholas has been appointed interim CEO of akt, the National LGBTQ+ youth homeless charity.

Shān Nicholas, a highly experienced interim manager who has led 17 charities as an interim Chief Executive with budgets ranging from £1-£80m, has been appointed interim CEO of akt.

Nicholas has worked in social housing, health, social care, mental health, children’s and older people’s services, the refugee sector and criminal justice, often providing complex and regulated services to vulnerable people. Most recently, Nicholas held the position of Interim Chief Executive at Autism at Kingwood.

Tim Spoor, previously CEO, left our charity after 16 years of service.

I am passionate about the work of the organisations I join, all of which have a common thread: that of social exclusion, inequality, deprivation and a fundamental unfairness in the lives of the people these organisations exist to support. It is unacceptable that 24% of homeless youth currently identify as LGBTQ+, made homeless because they face homophobia, transphobia, and abuse
Shān Nicholas, interim CEO of akt
I know Shān will be a real asset to akt as we look for a permanent CEO to lead the fight against youth homelessness, which disproportionately impacts LGBTQ+ youth. We will not slow down our efforts to help the estimated 32,000 who present to Local Authority for support, which we know is only a proportion of the young people who are LGBTQ+ and homeless.
Rob Malcomson MBE, Chair of Trustees at akt