Ruby Fernandez-Fu has a BA Honours in Psychology, and extensive knowledge and experience in the homelessness field. She worked for Thames Reach for ten years prior to moving to Sheffield in 2001, during which time she established and managed one of the first tenancy sustainment teams in London for homeless people who are rehoused. She also developed and managed the Westminster Support Scheme, which provided support to Westminster City Council’s vulnerable tenants.
Since 2002 she has worked as a researcher and administrator on the Homelessness Research Programme. She was a Research Associate for a Tri-Nation Study of the causes of homelessness among older people, and has been a key interviewer in several other studies, including that of wet day centres for street drinkers.
From 2008-10, she was employed as an administrator for the FOR-HOME study and was responsible for managing the budget and finances, and played a key role in tracking the study participants. She has been involved in interviewing for both the FOR-HOME and Rebuilding Lives studies, and has been responsible for coding and data entry for these studies. She has also contributed to the production of several reports, including the Homelessness Factfile. Other research experience includes working on the Advanced Care Technologies Programme (ACT) at the University of Sheffield. Alongside her university work, Ruby has been employed by South Yorkshire Police since October 2006.