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Housing finance director steps down after 25 years

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing

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A social landlord's finance director has announced he is to step down after 25 years in the role.

Martin Huckerby, Sovereign Housing Association's first and only finance director, will retire in December.

Mr Huckerby helped create the new social landlord in 1989, as Newbury District Council, the forerunner of West Berkshire Council, transferred 7,109 homes into West Berkshire Housing Association.

Since then he has been part of three mergers, two bond issues, one group collapse and a name change, with the Queen’s permission, to Sovereign Housing Association in 1994.

Sovereign is now one of the largest housing providers in England, owning and managing more than 37,000 properties across the south and South West, and building over 1,000 homes a year.

Mr Huckerby said: “It has been an incredible 25 years and I’m proud to have been part of Sovereign’s success.

“While the world has changed since 1989, the social purpose at the core of our business has remained constant. The need for housing associations to provide homes for those that need them has become even more important to protect.

“I’m proud that, with my team, I’ve been able to help Sovereign build the financial strength we needed to achieve so much for so many people.”

He will retire at the end of December, just after Sovereign celebrates its own 25th anniversary in November.

Ann Santry, chief executive, said: “As we celebrate our 25th anniversary this year, one of our executive team has decided it will be a milestone for him too. After 25 years as our first and only finance director, Martin Huckerby will be retiring at the end of December.

“Martin was instrumental in setting up Sovereign and has seen the business grow from 7,000 homes to the 37,000 homes we own today, and he is the only member of the executive who has been involved every step of the way.

“Over the years Martin has been the guardian of our business viability, and our financial strength is largely down to his stewardship. Martin will be a hard act to follow.”

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