ALMO chief exec stands down amid review
The chief executive of an arm’s-length management organisation in the north east of England has stood down as a review of local housing services in the area is launched.
Bill Fullen left his post at The Gateshead Housing Company at the end of December 2011, after a 25-year career working in local housing. Mr Fullen had been chief executive of the 21,000-home ALMO since it was established in 2004.
Gateshead Council is now carrying out a review of housing management services, with tenants and leaseholders expected to be consulted on the future management of stock later this month.
During his tenure as chief executive at The Gateshead Housing Company, Mr Fullen has led it to achieving three-star ‘excellent’ status in 2008. He has also helped build the first new council homes in the area for more than 25 years and oversaw £330 million of decent homes improvement work.
Mr Fullen said: ‘I have worked in Gateshead for 25 years - the last eight of which have been as the chief executive of The Gateshead Housing Company.
‘I have enjoyed every minute of it and hope that I have helped to transform council housing in Gateshead. But I couldn’t have done it without such a great bunch of committed and customer-focused people working for the housing company behind me.’
Mick Henry, leader of Gateshead Council, added: ‘I would like to thank Bill for his work in improving the lives of people of Gateshead over the past 25 years. His talents and expertise will be sorely missed. I wish him well for the future.’
The ALMO will now be led by Jon Mallen-Beadle, on an interim basis, pending the outcome of the council’s housing review.