London housing association chief to retire
Innisfree Housing Association head Clare Winstanley is retiring today to ‘have some fun’ and spend more time in her allotment.
The north London housing association’s chief executive said 39 years in housing ‘was long enough’.
She told Inside Housing she might continue to help out in her local community in Haringey, but was definite she will not become a consultant.
Ms Winstanley said of her career in housing: ‘I’ve had a ball. But especially in the last 18 years, I have worked with some fantastic board members, staff and tenants.’
She has been at Innisfree for 18 years and despite a rich and varied career in different types of organisations says she has particularly enjoyed working for a smaller body.
‘We are closer to our tenants,’ she explained. ‘I know a large number of our tenants personally and I think we are in a better position to be responsive as a landlord.
‘You can have a staff meeting in the morning, someone might say why don’t you do it like this, and in the afternoon you are doing it.’
Another highlight in her career was being executive director with The United Kingdom Housing Trust, and then as its south divisional director when it became part of North British Housing Association. She has also worked for Camden and Hackney councils and a small co-operative.
Ms Winstanley said she has no particular plans for her retirement other than: ‘Going down to my allotment and growing vegetables.’ And her reasons for retiring? ‘I will be 62 [next month] and I wanted to have a bit of fun’. She will be succeeded by John Delahunty.