It has been my privilege to have been the Chief Executive of Six Town Housing for over 12 years and to have worked in the sector for over 40 years. During that time, I have seen lots of changes with lots of highs and many challenges.
Together with my great team here, I have always strived to put tenants at the heart of everything we do. Have I always got this right? Definitely not but I hope that I have always been open to listening to your voices and advice on how we can do better.
I have always been a firm believer that working together will always make the most of limited resources and to get the best outcomes. It has been my honour to have been able to work alongside some amazing people who come together in their communities to make a positive difference in the places where they live. I am also incredibly grateful to those Tenants who have been and are actively working with us to keep us on our toes and champion the voice of our customers.
Covid brought some interesting challenges to all of us. Our lives changed overnight but one of the main positives has been the way in which people came together to support the more vulnerable members of their communities to ensure that they felt cared about and got the help they needed. I was immensely proud of my team who went above and beyond to deliver food and medicines and to phone people up to check they were okay as part of this.
Social Housing is very much in the spotlight at the moment and rightly so given the sad loss of life linked to Grenfell and more recently in Rochdale. There will be lots more legislation and regulation and it will raise standards, but it won’t build more properties for those who are homeless or overcrowded and it won’t tackle the fact that many people don’t have enough money to buy food, heat their homes, ensure that they and their children have the essential basics in life.
As I retire and reflect, there is one thing that stays with me that all of this is about people. It’s not about bricks and mortar but about people’s homes. I hope that whatever the future brings for Council Housing in Bury it continues to remember that it is all about you, your families and your lives.
So, it leaves me to say a massive thank you to everyone that I have had the privilege to work with and get to know during my time here and to wish you all the best for the future.
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