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Shelter Cymru director stands down after 30 years

The long-serving director of Wales’s people and homes charity, Shelter Cymru, John Puzey, will stand down this autumn after 30 years at the helm.

After setting up a successful advice agency in Hull, John came to what was then Welsh Housing Aid with a vision to ensure that everyone in Wales would have access to housing advice.

In the ’80s, the charity ran advice surgeries in five local authority areas. Now it provides all-Wales coverage of housing advice, advising and supporting some 20,000 people a year.

John has been at the forefront of significant campaign victories over the years, achieved with the hard work of staff, volunteers and supporters, and bringing important improvements to homeless and badly housed people in Wales.

Mark Drakeford, First Minister of Wales said: “I have known John over 30 years, and in all that time he has been a tireless campaigner for the rights of people to decent accommodation. Under his leadership Shelter Cymru has become a hugely respected and highly effective organisation. It has been a privilege to have worked with him.”

John’s successor will be announced in the near future.

Shelter Cymru works for people in housing need by providing free, independent, expert housing advice, and it campaigns to overcome the barriers which stand in the way of people in Wales having a decent, secure home. You can find out more here.

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