Anne Rowlands is Chief Executive of Railway Housing Association, a registered social landlord that has been providing quality housing to people since 1919. The association owns over 1,400 affordable rented homes located within 24 local authority areas, mainly in the North East and Yorkshire/Humberside areas of England, but also spreading as far as Herefordshire.
Anne has worked in the housing sector for 30 years, starting as an Housing Assistant for the London Borough of Lewisham before moving on to a number of varied roles, particularly specialising in care and support and development.
Married with two children, Anne is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing, holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Masters Degree in Management.
Blog posts by Anne Rowlands
January 21st, 2016 by Anne Rowlands
I watched with interest a recent debate at Prime Minister’s Questions between David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn.
Corbyn pointed out to Cameron that the current Housing Bill going through Parliament will offer affordable starter homes for first-time buyers which are not remotely affordable for the v...
December 2nd, 2015 by Anne Rowlands
When you work for one of the oldest housing associations in the UK – we will be celebrating our 100th anniversary in 2019 – you never cease to be amazed by the sheer history of the organisation.
There are also times that, by sheer chance, our work throws up new and exciting bits of histor...
November 17th, 2015 by Anne Rowlands
There’s rarely a dull moment in the social housing sector and on National Housing Day it’s fair to say that the last few years in have been particularly eventful!
It started with changes to housing benefit – as part of the Welfare Reform Act - in April 2013, which reduced the amoun...
October 9th, 2015 by Anne Rowlands
You have got to love Tim Berners-Lee.
It’s hard to believe that he invented the World Wide Web a mere 26 years ago and helped build the first website two years later.
To the younger generation being able to get information at the touch of a button (or screen!) is as natural as tying your shoel...
May 4th, 2015 by Anne Rowlands
On Thursday the nation will go to the polls in what is expected, if the polls and experts are to be believed, to yield another Coalition Government.
If this is the case we are unlikely to know what parties will make up this Coalition until a good few days after Thursday’s results are declared....
February 24th, 2015 by Anne Rowlands
I recently had the pleasure of visiting one of our oldest residents, a very sprightly 103-year-old woman who lives in one of our sheltered housing schemes in Stockton-on-Tees.
The lady, who certainly belied her 103 years, told me she moved into the scheme when it first opened in 1994 and how much she ...
January 16th, 2015 by Anne Rowlands
On Boxing Day my daughter Hannah and I worked, along with many others, as volunteers for Crisis - the national charity for single homeless people – as part of its Crisis at Christmas initiative.
Each year, over the Christmas week, Crisis provides warmth, comfort and access to vital services for peopl...
November 12th, 2014 by Anne Rowlands
As the head of a housing association which has been providing housing to people in need for 95 years, I am pleased to be able to support #housing day, a 24-hour social media takeover by housing associations and tenants telling stories of the positive impact of affordable housing.
It is days like thes...
August 28th, 2014 by Anne Rowlands
As a Chief Executive of a housing association with close to 1,500 homes, it was pleasing to see that smaller providers like us have become the biggest bidders for funding for affordable homes.
One possible explanation for the larger housing associations shunning applications to the Homes and Communiti...
May 20th, 2014 by Anne Rowlands
Later this year the country will mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War and on a more personal note we will mark the 95th anniversary of Railway Housing Association.
There is a direct link between both anniversaries because when the Association was founded in 1919 among the people who were ...