18th October 2004




A leading social campaigner is to give a special guest lecture to Social Policy students at the University of Lincoln tomorrow (Tuesday).


Lord Victor Adebowale of Thornes CBE is renowned for his commitment to eradicating social exclusion and has been a champion for the cause of those affected by poverty, mental illness, drug and alcohol addictions and learning disabilities.


His career was established as an estate manager with Newham Council, becoming Head of Permanent Property at Patchwork Housing Association in 1985 before progressing to Regional Director of Ujima Housing Association, Britain’s largest black-led housing association.


Since 1990 Lord Adebowale has been Director for the Alcohol Recovery Project in London, has held the position of Chief Executive of Centrepoint, the national youth homelessness charity in London, and is currently the Chief Executive of Turning Point, the UK’s leading social care organisation working with drug, alcohol, mental health problems and learning disabilities.


In 2000 he was awarded a CBE in the New Year’s Honour List for services to the New Deal, the unemployed and homeless young people and in 2001 he became one of the first group of people to be appointed as People’s Peers.


Lord Adebowale was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters by the university on 16th September for his continued achievements in social care.


As a Peer of the Realm, Lord Adebowale is a frequent contributor to debates in the House of Lords. He is also widely published and appears regularly in the national press and on TV and radio.


He is the chairman of many housing, mental health, alcohol and poverty-related groups and is a member or patron of several other boards.


The guest lecture will take place on Tuesday 19th October between 12 noon and 1pm in the AR1102 room of the university’s architecture building.


For more information contact:

Matt Cross, Assistant Press Officer

(01522) 886625                                   mcross@lincoln.ac.uk

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