Sheila McKechnie

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Dame Sheila McKechnie (died in 2004)

She joined Shelter as its Director in 1985. "Sheila turned the organisation around to make it once again a strong and potent force in tackling homelessness and its causes. It was here that she co-founded the Foyer Federation, which has since provided holistic support to hundreds of thousands of young homeless people.

"In 1995 Sheila moved on to become Director of Consumers' Association, now Which?. Her many successes include mounting campaigns on mortgage mis-selling and car prices, as well as tackling standards in the food industry. Her work on food issues led directly to the setting up of the Food Standards Agency in 2000.

"She was awarded an OBE in 1995 in recognition of her services to housing and homelessness and in 2001 became a Dame of the British Empire for her work on behalf of consumers." [1]

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  1. About Sheila McKechnie, SMK, accessed January 12, 2011.