Housing boss steps down after 34 years
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing
The chief executive of social landlord Salix Homes has announced his retirement, marking the end of a 34 year career in the housing sector.
Joe Willis has been with the Salford-based ALMO since its launch in 2007, becoming CEO in December 2012.
Mr Willis stepped down from the helm this month and has been succeeded by Sue Sutton, the former director of customer and neighbourhood services at Salix.
Mr Willis said: “I’ve had a long and varied career in housing since starting as a rent collector with Rochdale MBC in 1980, but the most satisfying part of my working life has been the period at Salix Homes.
“It’s been an amazing journey which is only partially complete, but has seen major improvements to homes and services for our customers in Salford. I am immensely proud of what we have achieved together, and personally, to have been a part of that journey.
“Salix Homes has a good leader in Sue Sutton who is equally committed to providing the best possible service for all our customers and I’m confident she, alongside the senior management team, can take the organisation forward to where we want it to be.”
Salix is currently poised to take ownership of the 8,500 homes it currently manages on behalf of Salford City Council in a proposed stock transfer.
A ballot is expected to take place later this year when all tenants will have the chance to vote on whether the transfer goes ahead. If tenants vote ‘yes’, Salix has announced its intentions to become a mutual organisation, owned by customers and employees.
New chief executive Sue Sutton said: “Joe has played an integral role in the success of Salix Homes thanks to his leadership and vision, and his contribution to Salix Homes and to social housing in Salford has been exceptional.
"Joe is very well respected by his peers in the housing sector and by tenants; staff and the board members and we wish him all the best in his well-deserved retirement.
“Under Joe’s leadership we have transformed housing services in this area and now it’s down to our tenants to help shape the future of housing in Salford by voting in the pending ballot so we can continue with the good work that Joe started and build a bright future for everyone.”