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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

Going for Gold

August 11th, 2016 by Anne Rowlands

The Olympics have been going for less than a week and I am already sleep deprived. The time difference between Brazil and the UK is an inconvenience, but there’s no way I am going to miss Team GB going for medals, even if it means staying up until the early hours. For the vast majority of us, ...

It's rough out there

May 11th, 2016 by Anne Rowlands

I am in London regularly but on my most recent visit I was shocked at how many homeless people I saw sleeping rough on the streets. And it’s not just London either. There seems to be more people without a roof over their head in other cities, such as Manchester and Edinburgh, as well. I did some digging...

Something in the water?

March 8th, 2016 by Anne Rowlands

One of the most enjoyable things about my job is visiting and meeting residents. It’s even nicer when I am there for a special occasion, such as a birthday. Two of our residents recently celebrated their 101st and 104th birthdays respectively and one of the things that struck me was how they loo...

How can £450,000 be affordable?

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...

Now that's history

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...

Never a dull moment

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...

The information superhighway

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...

Homes for Britain

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....

Staying in touch

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 ...

Making a difference

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...