Home-Start UK is delighted to announce the appointment of Peter Grigg as its new Chief Executive.

Peter is currently Director of External Affairs at The Children’s Society leading policy, campaigns, communications and strategy for the charity. Previously, Peter was Director of Policy and Communications at the Family and Childcare Trust and the Family and Parenting Institute – leading work to support families and parents struggling with debt, poverty and mental health challenges. Peter has previously worked supporting youth entrepreneurship, in the learning and skills sector and for a political adviser.

Peter said,

“All families need support but, after years of austerity and under-investment in communities, too many parents and their children are struggling. The local Home-Start network across the UK provides a vital lifeline for parents when it matters most.”“I am absolutely delighted to be joining Home-Start UK in this crucial work helping families to overcome whatever challenges they face. I look forward to working with the trustees, staff and the amazing volunteers who make it all possible. By building on Margaret Harrison’s ground-breaking work, strengthening the local Home-Start network and raising the profile of this vital charity, we can serve even more families and children who need our support.”

Felicity Clarkson CBE, Chair of Home-Start UK said,

“I am delighted that Peter is joining Home-Start as we approach the 50th anniversary of our important work. Peter’s experience, energy and ideas will help us ensure a resilient Home-Start network across the UK. The trustees are looking forward to working with Peter and, together, ensuring Home-Start can do even more for families around the country who most need our support.”

Home-Start is a local community network of trained volunteers and experts helping families with young children through their most challenging times.

Across the United Kingdom, 13,500 home-visiting volunteers support over 27,000 families and 56,000 children to transform their lives. 200 local, independent Home-Starts have coverage in over 70 percent of local authority areas across the UK.

Peter will take up the role in January 2020 replacing Rob Parkinson, who is moving on to a new role after a successful six years with the charity. Vivien Waterfield is acting Chief Executive in the interim period.