In October, Greenfields Community Housing welcomed Emma Palmer as our new Chief Executive. Emma bring 26 years of housing experience to Greenfields. Here, she introduces herself and explains her plans for her first months here:
I’m so pleased to be joining Greenfields and I’d like to thank everyone I’ve met for the warm welcome you’ve given me. I’ve already had the opportunity to meet some of our residents and tour our homes.
I’ve seen how positive everyone is about the services Greenfields provides, and I’m so excited about the potential for Greenfields to make a difference in our communities.
Over my first months here I look forward to hearing from more of you, including those who are already involved with us, to talk about what our priorities should be.
I have spent my entire career – more than 25 years – working in housing in East Anglia and have lived in Essex for a significant part of that. I understand our wider communities and the issues we face.
It’s clear there is a national housing crisis that, due in part to pressure from rising house prices in London and Cambridge, particularly affects us.
As you may know the Government recently published a Green Paper on social housing, and we wait to see what policy change proposals come out if it. The Green Paper believes housing associations like Greenfields should provide safe and decent homes while building new ones and empowering residents to influence the way we operate.
What’s important to me is that we use our resources effectively by building the right homes in the right places, while supporting communities in the right way.
To be able to do that, we need to know your priorities. We have launched a consultation which I would urge you to fill in by 27 November. You can find it at www.greenfieldsch.org.uk/strategy-consult
We are listening to your views, and your response to the consultation will influence our new strategy, which will set out our intentions between 2020 and 2025.
I look forward to working with Greenfields staff, Board members, partners and of course you, to build a bright future for us all.