representative body for homelessness agencies throughout NI.


Qualified as a social worker, she had her first experience of working with homeless people on placement with a night shelter in Belfast. Since then Ricky has had a continuing interest in highlighting the need for adequate resources for the sector and a better understanding of the problems of homelessness. She has over a decade’s experience working for a Housing association as a senior Housing officer in interface communities.


She currently sits on a number of policy and practice working groups including the NI Homelessness Strategy Steering Group, the Supporting People Implementation Steering Groups. Ricky is a board member of NI Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (NIACRO), and joint Chair of the Committee Representing Independent Supporting People Providers (CRISPP). She is the NI representative for FEANTSA, the European Homelessness Umbrella organisation and co-facilitates the UK Homelessness Liaison Group.


Ricky was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List 2016 for her services to the community.

Ricky Rowledge, OBE. CEO, CHNI

Since 1997, Ricky Rowledge, OBE, has been Director of CHNI, the sole umbrella body representing homelessness agencies throughout NI. Since 1997, Ricky Rowledge, OBE, has been Director of CHNI, the sole