Matthew Downie – Trustee Vice-Chair

Matt Downie is Director of Policy and External Affairs for Crisis, where he is responsible for UK wide political, communications and research strategy. Matt began his career at Shelter and went on to lead award winning policy and campaigns teams at Action for Children and the National Autistic Society. Political successes include the Autism Act 2009, stopping the extradition of Gary McKinnon to the US on charges of computer hacking, establishing a multi-million pound Government savings scheme for children in care, and most recently a successful campaign to introduce a new criminal offence of emotional child abuse.

Matt is a trustee for the Sheila McKechnie Foundation and for the Share Foundation, and is a governor at a school for disabled children in north London.

KarenMatthew Downie