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Fierce critic of estate and letting agents to head anti-poverty charity

One of the country’s most outspoken critics of estate and letting agents is quitting his role as chief executive of Shelter and is moving to another third sector group, the anti-poverty Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Campbell Robb's new role also makes him the head of the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust.

In the seven years under Robb’s leadership, Shelter has turned from being primarily a charity to campaign for the homeless into an organisation best known in some circles for being sharply critical of landlords, letting and estate agents. 


In the spring some controversial data and allegations produced by Shelter, concerning the difficulty of first time buyers to get on to the property ladder, were roundly demolished by housing expert Kate Faulkner.

It has also staged numerous attacks on letting agents’ fees, and a year ago was criticised by the Residential Landlords Association for making “emotionally charged” attacks on housing institutions, landlords and letting agents.

Prior to joining Shelter, Robb was the first Director General of the Office of the Third Sector, and was previously Director of Public Policy at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations.

Robb says of his new role: “For the last 100 years the organisations have championed the cause of the most excluded in society, and has made a very real and positive difference to the way the UK tackles the endemic poverty that has scarred it for generations.”

  • jeremy clarke

    perhaps now Shelter will return to being a charity that helps the genuine homeless?
    Let's hope that in his new (probably grossly overpaid) role he will concentrate on the charity work rather than using it as a platform for his own views which appear to only curry favour with a certain sector of our community who also seem to protest about every other issue in life; runways, polar bears, eating meat, icebergs, rain forests.......and for some reason always have the time to attend marches waving placards when the majority of us are at our desks working!

  • icon

    Something tells me we'll start to see JRF's logo in the top left-hand corner a lot more often from now on...

  • Mike Morris

    taking part in a charity bike ride next year Nicaragua to Costa Rica Cycle 2017, would be great to get some support



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