Home16.12.22by Ella Jessel
London housing association Wandle has announced A2Dominion director Anne Waterhouse will be its new chief executive.
Anne Waterhouse (picture: Wandle)
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Wandle announced in September that its current chief executive, Tracey Lees, will retire next spring.
Ms Waterhouse joins Wandle from A2Dominion, where she has spent 16 years in a variety of senior roles.
These included interim chief executive, and most recently deputy chief executive and executive director of central and financial services.
As head of the 7,000-home landlord, Ms Waterhouse will ensure the “continued delivery of Wandle’s core purpose” and progress against its corporate strategic plan to 2025, the provider said.
Valerie Vaughan-Dick, Wandle’s chair, said: “Anne joins Wandle with a proven track record in the housing sector, and clearly has the skills and passion that will support our purpose and deliver our ambitious strategy.
“Anne will work with our executive team to further enhance our financial resilience, invest in both our existing properties and new homes across south London, and deliver sustained improvements in our customer services.
Ms Waterhouse said she was “delighted” to join the team, adding: “It’s a challenging and exciting time for the organisation, with a clear strategy in place to do more for Wandle’s customers and communities.
“Wandle still has an essential role in helping deliver more affordable homes for London but, like many in the sector, this needs to be balanced with continued investment in existing homes to ensure customers remain safe and secure.
“Tracey leaves behind a great team with strong, capable and talented colleagues and a skilled, supportive board. It is my privilege to join as Wandle’s new chief executive, building and accelerating on delivering the commitments made to customers, colleagues and key stakeholders in a sustained way.”
Ms Lees has led Wandle since 2015. Her career in housing stretches back to 1983, including director roles at Home Group and Thames Valley Housing Association (now Metropolitan Thames Valley).
She previously outlined plans to enjoy her retirement without leaving the sector entirely, including some non-executive director work and taking time to travel.
In 2020, Wandle was criticised by the English regulator after it failed to fully implement the 1% rent cut.
The government required social housing providers to cut their rents by 1% between 2016 and 2020.
It was the first time the English regulator had issued a regulatory notice over an issue related to rent-setting.
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