Stephen Bell OBE
Stephen’s experience covers serving on various National and Regional groups and boards across the voluntary and public sectors. These have included Homeless Link Governance Committee, where Stephen steered policy change for those effected by homelessness and related issues. His early career was shaped in the private sector, with a financial and business background, working through to become Chief Executive for a growing charity.
His main passion is tackling homelessness and its causes, being a voice for those most vulnerable in society, helping them deal with whatever issues they face and to lead a fulfilling life. Stephen has received national recognition for the work he has done including the Voluntary Sector Entrepreneur of the Year Award and was privileged to receive a Queens Honour for his services to the homeless.
As Chief Executive of Changing Lives, Stephen is still striving to help the most vulnerable and socially excluded, supporting over 17,500 people to change their lives for the better each year.
Among other interests, Stephen is part of Collective Voice who work to ensure that the drug and alcohol treatment sector and those who use the services are adequately heard and receive effective recovery focused services. Stephen is involved in the Newcastle Futures group who are committed to working towards a single, coherent and evidence based approach to well-being and he sits on the Housing Board for the North of Tyne.
As Chief Executive of Changing Lives Stephen feels privileged to work with people who want to see real change and make a real difference to others in a time of a crisis.