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Our Executive Management Team give us their highlights of 2021


As 2021 draws to a close, we asked our Executive Management Team to look back at their CHP and personal highlights from the last year. Here’s what they told us.

Mary Gibbons, Chief Executive

CHP highlights - Being shortlisted for Employer of the Year at the Housing Heroes Awards, becoming Chair of BuildEast and being awarded a G1 for governance and V2 for financial viability, following an in-depth assessment (IDA) from the Regulator for Social Housing (RSH).

Personal highlight – Running the London Marathon.

Paul Edwards, Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer

CHP highlight - Successfully raising £69m by issuing a bond tap to support the next phase of our growth

Personal highlights - Getting back to seeing some great live music and England beating South Africa at Twickenham!

Carl Hockey, Growth and Partnerships Director

CHP highlight - Being able to carry on delivering a high number of great new affordable homes and reaching our sales targets thanks to a dedicated and resourceful team and great partners.

Personal highlight - Being able to see more of my family and friends and walk a bit more of the Cornish coast.

Naomi Cohen, Communications, Policy and Engagement Director

CHP highlights – Launching our new website and receiving positive feedback and thanks from some of our key stakeholders.

Personal highlights - Theatres, art galleries and live music venues opening again and being able to enjoy them safely with family, friends and Guy Garvey!

Simon Hague, Interim Director of Customer Service

CHP highlights – Continuing to support our customers and employees through the pandemic. Implementing our new Customer Engagement Strategy and as part of that recruiting our excellent Customer Review Panel.

Personal highlights - Beating my rheumatoid arthritis and climbing a mountain in the Lake District.

Rachel Hadley, People and Culture Director

CHP highlights – Joining the frontline teams on ‘walkabouts’ in our communities, seeing their work first-hand. Collaborating with employees across a range of subjects, including wellbeing, health and safety and diversity and inclusion.

Personal highlights - The end of lockdown home learning, theatre trips, hitting my geocaching goals (over 750 finds to date!), getting fit and lean after an inactive 2020, and seeing friends and family.

Thomas Kearney, Homes and Places Director

CHP highlight – Continuing to deliver our frontline services in an ever changing and difficult time whilst keeping our employees and customers safe

Personal highlight – Joining CHP!

Michael Barber, Digital and Transformation Director

CHP highlight –Transitioning the business to build a solid foundation for future growth and help us get closer to our customers.

Personal highlight - Getting to spend more quality time with family in Ireland.

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