Thursday, 24 July 2014

Housing 21 chief to retire

The chief executive of Housing 21, Melinda Phillips, has announced she is retiring.

Ms Phillips, 62, will step down from the social enterprise, which provides housing and care for older people, at the end of December.

She will be succeeded by Pushpa Raguvaran, who is currently deputy chief executive.

Ms Phillips has led Housing 21 for 15 years. In a letter to staff she explained her decision to stand down, saying: ‘Given the Claimar Care acquisition it is important that we have strong leadership and continuity for at least two years, so I feel that it is the right time to hand over to someone else.’

She added: ‘The board understands and supports this decision so we have agreed I will retire at the end of this financial year.’

Housing 21 agreed terms for the acquisition of home care provider Claimar Care earlier this year.

Ms Raguvaran led the team overseeing the acquisition while Ms Phillips was on a sabbatical.

She said: ‘It is a great pleasure to be taking over as chief executive of such a significant organisation, particularly at this exciting time of change where the acquisition of Claimar Care has given us the opportunity to significantly develop our care business.’

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  • Melinda Phillips has been an inspirational leader at Housing21 and developed a fantastic range of services for older people. Her vision and values will be greatly missed not just by her team but by the wider sector.

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