StepChange Debt Charity appoints a new CEO

StepChange Debt Charity has appointed Phil Andrew as its new chief executive, he will take on the role from Mike O’Connor CBE on November 20

StepChange Debt Charity appoints a new CEO

O’Connor announced he would be leaving the charity in May this year. He has been with the free advice charity for nearly four years and was previously a non-executive member of the customer fairness committee at British Gas.

Andrew’s most recent role was chief executive of Working Links, which provides welfare services and help with employability to disadvantaged and socially-excluded groups within the UK, Ireland and Middle East.

He has also held a number of senior positions in the UK and France, including chief executive of Sodexo Justice Services and chief financial officer for Sodexo UK and Ireland.

Sir Hector Sants, chairman of StepChange, said Andrew brings a wealth of experience to the charity at a highly important time when it is working hard to campaign for policies to prevent people falling into problem debt.

Andrew said: “StepChange Debt Charity has made a major difference to the lives of millions of people across the UK. The number of people seeking the charity’s help has grown by 66 percent in five years to around 600,000 people a year.

“With demand for debt advice set to grow and many household finances on a knife edge, the work of the charity is more important than ever.”

On leaving the company, O’Connor said: “I have enjoyed working at the charity. Looking back, I have seen people who get into problem debt blamed. I hope we can help increase understanding of the true causes of problem debt and demonstrate that helping people when they are in trouble, however they got there, is not only good for them but their families, their communities and indeed our economy.”