Keith Fernett MBE: local resident honoured for services to the homeless


Wanstead resident Keith Fernett – former CEO of the charity Caritas Anchor House – has been awarded an MBE for his services to the homeless.

“Having had a successful career in management and consultancy, Keith took over the reins at Anchor House when it was facing a very problematic future. His radical approach  to addressing the issues turned the organisation into a beacon of excellence in the homeless world… Under Keith’s leadership, the buildings were renovated and £13m was raised for the homeless,” said a colleague.

Although he is now retired, Keith remains busy as a trustee of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy Trust in Newham, an adviser to financial exclusion charity Money A+E, and a director of Global Noticeboard, which is developing software for humanitarian purposes.