Sector mourns as Uncle Mick retires
Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Housing
Yet another chief executive is leaving the sector. Mick Leggett, chief executive of Cross Keys Homes, announced his retirement earlier this week as the former travel agent finally called a halt to his long housing journey.
While Leggett characteristically cracked a joke – he tweeted "Steven Gerrard has so I thought I'd do same and announce my retirement" – the rest of the sector mourned.
David Bogle, chief executive of Hightown Praetorian and Churches Housing Association, said: "We will miss you Mick - best wishes for future." Cheeky Peaks & Plains boss Tim Pinder tweeted: "All the best Mick for a long and happy retirement. Unlike Steven Gerrard of course you're going out at the top."
Even the politicians seemed upset. Local MP Stewart Jackson tweeted: "Goodbye & good luck. We didn't always agree but he's more often than not been courteous, open & professional."
The eternally beaming Leggett, known for his mix of affability and competence, will stay on until the new person, as yet unknown, takes over.
Cross Keys, a 10,000-home housing association based in Peterborough, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, with Leggett at the helm since the beginning. Cross Keys Homes was formed to manage the stock transfer from Peterborough City Council, with all homes since brought up to the decent homes standard.
The association has also built 1,000 new homes and recently branched out into providing a community care service with the establishment of Cross Keys Care and the building of a 79-apartment extra care facility Kingfisher Court.
"This has been a hard decision to make. It has been a privilege to have led Cross Keys Homes during our first 10 years and I am incredibly proud of our achievements in that time," Leggett said. "Cross Keys Homes is a team game and the chief executive is only one element in the mix of a great staff team, strong management and board and of course engaged and positive tenants."
Leggett left the travel sector over 35 years ago for housing. He gained experience in local authority housing in Essex, moving to housing associations in the early 1990s. He came to Peterborough in 2002.