Louise Casey, Baroness Casey of Blackstock, DBE is a former Director General of the Department for Communities and Local Government. She was made head of the Rough Sleepers' Unit in 1999, before becoming a Director of the national Anti-Social Behaviour Unit in 2003 and then head of the Respect Task Force in 2005.
In 2010, Louise became the UK's first Victims' Commissioner, and in 2015 was appointed Director General of the government's Troubled Families programme, helping troubled families turn their lives around. In the same year she was asked by then-Prime Minister David Cameron to undertake a review of community cohesion and extremism, the findings of which were published in October 2016.
Dame Louise left the civil service in 2017 to pursue her charity work and co-founded the Institute of Global Homelessness. She briefly returned to public service in 2020 to support the government’s emergency pandemic response, as Chair of the Covid-19 Rough Sleeping Taskforce.
She is now an independent advisor for social policy and Chair of the Institute of Global Homelessness. She will become a crossbench peer in the House of Lords later this year.