Brent ALMO Appoints New Chair
Published by Nadia Khan for Brent Housing Partnership in Housing and also in Local Government
Joanne Drew photograph
Brent Council and Brent Housing Partnership (BHP), an Arms Length Management Organisation (ALMO) who manage Brent Council’s housing stock, have appointed a new Chair for the BHP Management Board.
Following a recruitment drive, Joanne Drew was appointed at a special Board Meeting on 11 October for a period of three years. The appointment of a new Chair was part of a recommendation put forward by an independent review of BHP earlier in the year. Brent Council who own the homes managed by BHP, have also agreed to enter into a long term management agreement with the ALMO. Joanne’s appointment will help to forge a more strategic direction for the ALMO.
Joanne brings with her a wealth of experience in the housing industry. She has 20 years experience in the housing sector and has in-depth knowledge of the ALMO movement. Joanne was part of the ODPM task force that developed policy in relation to ALMOs and she was also the lead advisor to Brent Council in establishing BHP.
Joanne has advised a number of ALMOs on their future strategies in the light of completion of their decent homes programme and has worked across local government, charity and private sectors, bringing a broad perspective of housing to her new position at BHP.
Working closely with residents will be a key priority for Joanne and BHP as well as continuing to provide a good service that is well managed and efficient.
Karin Jaeger, a council tenant from Neasden, is the current Vice Chair of the BHP Management Board and will be working very closely with Joanne.
Joanne said: "I'm really pleased to have been appointed Chair of BHP on its 10th anniversary. BHP has achieved brilliant results through its close partnership with tenants and Brent Council and I am looking forward to being part of such a dynamic ALMO. We are committed to working in new ways and are confident that we can rise to the challenges ahead and continue to serve tenants in Brent."
Gerry Doherty, Chief Executive of BHP, said: “I look forward to working closely with Joanne and dealing with the challenges in housing for the benefit of Brent residents.”
Councillor Janice Long, Lead Member for Housing at Brent Council, said: “I am delighted to welcome Joanne to Brent and to BHP – we are very pleased to have recruited somebody with such an excellent track record in housing, and such a clear commitment to working with tenants, residents and the council to continue to improve our housing management offer.”