Trowers advises Stonewall Housing on new charitable arm


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International law firm Trowers & Hamlins has advised Stonewall Housing on the creation of its new charitable arm aimed to help the housing association build more relationships and generate more funding for people to find homes in the LGBT+ community.

Sharron Webster, a leading charity specialist partner at Trowers said: 
"It has been rewarding working with Stonewall Housing, helping them set up a charitable arm to explore new fundraising and engagement opportunities with corporate, charity and philanthropic partners. Their mission reflects our inclusive culture that we foster through TrowersIncludes, our diversity and inclusion programme. We are excited that we have helped to equip Stonewall Housing to develop and grow. Our TrowersIncludes LGBTQ+ and Allies network doesn't just support and celebrate the diversity of our staff in all our offices, we also actively engage with the wider LGBTQI+ communities and promote best practice.

Trowers has also been recognised by its clients, peers and by independent legal directories for its expertise in the charity sector for several decades and helps charities to safely navigate corporate and regulatory issues including corporate structuring and restructuring, governance, finance, tax, employment and pensions. 

The news is in addition to the appointment of the new Chief Executive of Stonewall Housing who plans to build on the success of the previous 36 years and reach more LGBT+ people who need housing support.
Helen Randall, partner at Trowers and Chair of Trustees for Stonewall Housing said: 
“The Trustees are extremely pleased to be able to announce that Steven will be joining us as Chief Executive.  He is a proven leader with a strong reputation for excellence and passion for equality and inclusion. Steven joins Stonewall Housing at an exciting time as we enter a new phase of organisational development as our previous Chief Executive Bob Green steps down after 14 years.  His extensive experience working in the charity sector will be invaluable to us, particularly as we are also celebrating being registered by the charity commission.”
On accepting the role Steven McIntyre said: 
“Stonewall Housing does the most amazing work helping tens of thousands of LGBT+ people over the years.  I am just delighted to be given the opportunity to lead the organisation as we continue this great work, particularly as there is still so much to do.
LGBT+ people are at increased risk of homelessness simply because of who they are.  This is unacceptable and has to change.  I will work tirelessly to bring Stonewall Housing’s mission to life, ensuring real, lasting change for individuals, communities and throughout the UK.
I look forward to working with staff, trustees, volunteers, partners and the legendary House of Stonewall as together we build a future where LGBT+ people can live authentically in safe, secure homes.”
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