Louise Casey CB, a Tustee of Depaul International, has been made a dame in the Queen’s 2016 Birthday Honours List.

Louise, who is Head of the UK Government’s Troubled Families programme in the Department of Communities and Local Government, was congratulated by Mark McGreevy OBE, Chief Executive of  Depaul International and Founder of the Institute of Global Homelessness (IGH), and by Depaul International Chair of Trustees John Darley.

Mark said: “I am thrilled that Louise Casey CB, a Tustee of Depaul International since 2010 and Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Institute of Global Homelessness since 2014, has been awarded a damehood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. The award was granted in recognition of her tireless work and roles to help the homeless, both in government and in her personal capacity.”

John said: “I am delighted that Louise was awarded a damehood in recognition of her tremendous work in government and with Depaul on behalf of those who find themselves homeless and at the margins of our society.  The recognition is well deserved, and surely reflects her ongoing commitment over many years to make a real and lasting difference to the lives of innumerable families and individuals.”

Louise said: “I was honoured to receive notification from Buckingham Palace that I am to receive a damehood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. I am delighted that the work that I, working in government and with Depaul and IGH, have undertaken to help alleviate homelessness has been recognised.

“I want to share this honour with the many people who I have worked with over the years,whether in the public, charitable, or private sectors. And yet, with the number of homeless people rising every year, this is no time to rest on our laurels.

“I determined to work with Depaul and the government to see a truly global response to preventing homelessness.  We want to go beyond offering crisis response to stopping homelessness at its root.  My aim is to end homelessness wherever it rears its head.”

Louise was appointed Head of the UK Government’s Troubled Families programme in 2011  by the Prime Minister, David Cameron.  She leads a programme to turn around the lives of 120,000 of the country’s most-troubled families.

She was formerly the first independent Commissioner for Victims and Witnesses, acting to promote the interests of victims and witnesses in Whitehall, the Criminal Justice System and beyond. Previously Louise was Director General in the Home Office, heading up the Neighbourhood Crime and Justice Group. Prior to that, she carried out an independent review from the Cabinet Office which took a detailed look at the public’s view on crime and how to engage them in tackling it.