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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

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...


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...

Small is beautiful

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...

Life through a lens

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 ...

The real world

November 22nd, 2013 by Anne Rowlands

I found very startling a new study that tracks, over a period of 18 months, how people are living and coping with Welfare Reforms across the North of England. The study, by the Northern Housing Consortium, tracked the lives of 74 households affected by welfare reform to see what the true impact would ...

On the level

November 4th, 2013 by Anne Rowlands

New research shows that despite soaring numbers of pensioners, fewer bungalows than ever are being built. As the Chief Executive of an organisation that has homes with a higher proportion of older people, this is a great shame. I agree with the National House-Building Council which has suggested brin...

Packing a punch

October 2nd, 2013 by Anne Rowlands

Railway Housing Association recently took part in the 2013 Housing Community Games. Last year’s event – the inaugural games – saw six organisations from the North East taking part in the competition, which features events from football and 100m sprints to obstacle and sack races, bu...

The Thatcher housing legacy

April 12th, 2013 by Anne Rowlands

As far as housing is concerned, Margaret Thatcher will always be remembered for introducing the Right to Buy, allowing people to buy their council homes at substantially discounted rates. If this policy had been supported by a house building programme that replaced the one million-plus council homes tha...

Can't cook, won't cook

February 13th, 2013 by Anne Rowlands

The current horsemeat scandal, and in particular its recent discovery in ready meals, has got me thinking about how dependent we have become on processed food. For someone with a great interest in food (and a degree in Home Economics), it saddens me that we no longer seem to cook meals from scratch a...