The Group's charitable arm, Key Unlocking Futures, is delighted to announce the appointment of Penny Fell as its new Chair of Trustees.

Penny retired from her role as national commercial director at the Disclosure and Barring Service (a Home and Cabinet Office non-governmental public body) in September 2022. Before that, Penny was Director of Commercialization, Citizens, and Shareholder Liaison with Bristol City Council; amongst other responsibilities, she led on governance and support for all the Council’s arms’ length trading companies, including Goram Homes.

Penny succeeds Lynne Cubbin as Chair of Trustees. Lynne’s nine-year term saw Key expand from a youth charity just for young people to now supporting almost 6,000 individuals and families including helping young people experiencing homelessness and families to prevent homelessness. Key manages supported accommodation, women's refuges, community hubs, and provides a range of tenancy support services.

Speaking of her appointment, Penny said:

"I am delighted to become Chair of Trustees for Key Unlocking Futures. Key’s vital work is close to my heart, and I look forward to working with the charity's other Trustees as well as its partner, Progress Housing Group, to continue growing the charity and the services we provide for the people and communities who need our support.

"Lynne, my predecessor, has done a brilliant job leading Key during her term as Chair, and I’ve valued her experience and encouragement during my introduction to the role. I wish her every success in her next endeavours."

Lynne Cubbin, previous Chair of Trustees, added:

"I am pleased to see Penny take on the role of Chair of Trustees and would like to congratulate her on her appointment. I know she will do a wonderful job of ensuring more people in Lancashire benefit from the support and services Key Unlocking Futures provides.

"I am proud of how Key has grown during my term as Chair, especially during COVID-19, which was an incredibly hard time for many people. I am now looking forward to watching the charity growand support more people facing crises and needing support in Lancashire."


Key Unlocking Futures is based in Lancashire and offers support to people in crisis. More information on the support and services can be found on Key's website.

Penny Fell (12)