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Matthew Downie MBE

Director of Policy and External Affairs - Crisis

Matt Downie MBE is Director of Policy and External Affairs for Crisis. Matt has led award winning teams at Action for Children and the National Autistic Society and Crisis. Political successes include the Autism Act 2009, stopping the extradition of Gary McKinnon to the US on charges of computer hacking, establishing a multi-million pound Government savings scheme for children in care, and the introduction of a new criminal offence of psychological child abuse. Most recently he led a campaign to achieve the Homelessness Reduction Act which came into force in 2018. Matt was awarded at MBE in the 2019 Queen’s birthdays honours, for ‘Services to tackling homelessness’.