Hyde's new CEO tours Hyde’s estates in North London
Published by Lee-Anne Smith for The Hyde Group in Housing and also in Communities
New Hyde CEO visits estates
Elaine Bailey, Hyde’s new CEO recently went on a tour of Hyde’s estates in Islington and Brent, London, to learn more about the organisation.
“I spent a good day with Nazir Hafezjee (Head of Housing, London North) and his team and learnt a lot from a very comprehensive and invaluable briefing. I was so impressed with all the amazing and capable staff and with everyone’s enthusiasm and passion for what they’re doing,” said Elaine.
Elaine also presented the entire caretaking team at Hyde Northside (Islington) with certificates for gaining their NVQ (Level 2) in Cleaning and Support. The course, funded by a government grant, is part of Hyde’s commitment to train, develop and invest in its staff. “Presenting certificates to the caretakers was a highlight of my time in Hyde thus far; I felt both proud and humbled. I rate NVQs very highly and I believe lifelong learning is really important. It’s lovely that they embarked on the course as a team and completed the journey together,” she said.
She was taken on a tour of the The Grove Estate, Islington, where she met with Anne Gray, Hyde Northside Resident Assurance Committee (RAC) Vice-Chair and Norma Freeman, RAC member. “The residents I met were clearly knowledgeable about the history of their well-maintained estate, which seemed to me like an oasis of calm in the midst of London’s bustle. I got a real sense that residents are proud of their community and committed to investing in it,” she noted. Anne said: “It was a pleasure to show Elaine around and invite her into our homes and community so she could get a sense of what it is like to be a Hyde resident.”
Elaine was also taken to Stonebridge Estate in Brent where she was hugely impressed with Hyde’s award-winning community centre, The Hub, and the Fawood Children’s Centre. She also heard from staff and residents about the work that had gone into turning a once notorious estate into a place where people want to live, and the day-to-day effort Hyde staff and partners need to put in to keep it that way. “The team has my full support as they work hard to help reduce anti-social behaviour and make the community a pleasant place to live in; residents should not have to live under a cloud because of the activities of a small minority,” said Elaine.
Here she met with residents, Jenny Ferguson, Hillside RAC Chair and Beverly Chambers, RAC Vice Chair. She was also given an overview of the new mixed tenure developments on site. “I was pleased to hear of the progress already made on these high quality developments and when the first units will be ready to be let or sold,” concluded Elaine.