THE Clock Tower Sanctuary - a charity that supports homeless young people in Brighton and Hove - has appointed Frances Duncan as its new interim CEO.

In partnership with the board of trustees, Frances will be tasked with leading the charity through an exciting and unprecedented time of organisational change and expansion.

With 11 years as a CEO under her belt, Frances’ expertise and experience is in the voluntary sector.

She was previously director of The Whitehawk Inn – a community-led charity in Brighton - and has spent much of her career supporting vulnerable people and communities.

Her main passion is on furthering inclusion and helping people reach their potential.

She said: “The Clock Tower Sanctuary is a fantastic charity that has a clearly defined objective - to prevent homeless young people becoming part of the long-term homeless population.

“It has a clear approach to homelessness offering vulnerable young people comfort, support, understanding and the tools to further their skills and confidence.

“Kate Kirkham, our departing CEO did a fantastic job at leading the charity through some strategic change so I’m looking forward to building on the last two years of development and investment.

“The Clock Tower Sanctuary has a terrific ethos and I can’t wait to get stuck in!”

As well as leading the charity through its final phase of its current strategic plan, Frances will support the board in looking for a permanent replacement to take up the role in early 2018.

Georgina Hovey, chair of the Board of Trustees, said: “Frances brings a mix of skills – strategic, operational and fundraising – and she will be building on the current plans, projects and aims that are in place.

“I have no doubt that she will hit the ground running and be a real asset to the organisation.”

The charity relies solely on donations and sponsorship.