ShelterBox has appointed Natasha Eden as its first-ever chief operating officer.

She joins the Cornwall-based charity amid a growth push to help the ever-increasing number of people in need of emergency shelter after being uprooted from their homes by disaster or conflict.

Ms Eden will be responsible for streamlining processes, shaping up the day-to-day operations and ensuring that the team is aligned with ShelterBox's goal: to leave no one without shelter post-disaster.

She is joining at an immense turning point in the charity's five-year strategy that necessitates collective action, scope expansion, and consistent learning to boost the emergency aid provided.

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Before ShelterBox, Natasha Eden served Sanctuary, managing a social housing decarbonisation fund, and a strategic collaboration with Cornwall Council involving £100m development investment in the region over the next 10 years.

Ms Eden said: "I have been following ShelterBox for a number of years and have always been impressed by its delivery of emergency shelter and how it innovates to ensure this is done with local partnerships and by listening to the voices of affected communities.

"I’m thrilled to be working in a charity with such a clear vision, and as the new chief operating officer I am committed to working with our global team and partners to ensure we strengthen our impact through the achievement of our strategic objectives and that we do this effectively and efficiently."

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The chief executive of ShelterBox, Mr Sanj Srikanthan, said: "Tasha brings extensive experience to the role from the private and public sector as well as being based in Cornwall.

"She will be focussed on that all important question about 'what makes the boat go faster' at ShelterBox.

"This will include leading a review of our strategy progress this year, as well as working with teams on priority areas that will make us more effective as an organisation."

Since its establishment in 2000, ShelterBox has assisted over 2.5 million people in approximately 100 countries.

Its headquarters is based in Truro, Cornwall.