Caldmoreaccord executive Mike Hew retiring due to ill health
Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Housing
Mike Hew, who has been at the helm of Caldmoreaccord and its predecessor Caldmore Housing Association for 12 years, is retiring early due to unspecified ill health.
The chief executive has seen the Walsall housing association grow from 1,800 homes to over 7,000. He will retire this month following a career in housing spanning nearly 40 years.
"The housing sector has changed a lot over the last 40 years, with a strong focus now on residents as customers with a greater say," Hew said. "I hope this is something that will continue long into the future."
Hew took over at Caldmore Housing Association in 2002 when founder Barrie Blower retired. Before then, Hew worked for Cannock, Lichfield, Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Sandwell local authorities, Homezone Housing and Ashram Housing Association.
Hew oversaw Caldmore Housing Association join the Accord Group, securing its long-term future as an independent organisation in 2009. Then in 2011, he led the amalgamation of Accord Housing Association and Caldmore Housing Association, which pooled resources to provide new and better services to customers.
"Caldmore Housing Association was founded on strong community principles and I was grateful to have the opportunity to build on these and grow the organisation with these values still firmly in place," Hew said. "I’d like to thank all the staff and residents that I have worked with over the years, the board members and the leadership team at the Accord Group, which kept its promise to help us grow whilst maintaining our independence."
Chris Handy, chief Executive of the Accord Group, said: "Mike has been instrumental in the growth of Caldmoreaccord whilst at the same time ensuring that its community-based philosophies remain at the heart of what it does … His hands-on nature, which recently saw him cook food for staff and customers who took part in a clean-up campaign, is inspiring and this, combined with his passion for housing and community services, will be sadly missed."
Caldmoreaccord manages 7,200 homes and provides a range of supported housing, care and community services.