Amicus Horizon boss to stand down
Amicus Horizon chief executive Steve Walker is set to retire in October, four years after taking on the job.
The 28,000-home landlord has begun an interview process to appoint Mr Walker’s successor, with an appointment expected to be made in August. It is understood that candidates from both inside and outside the organisation are being considered.
Mr Walker took over at Amicus Horizon in October 2008, a year after the association was placed under supervision by the Housing Corporation – the precursor to the now defunct Tenant Services Authority. Supervision was lifted the following year as Mr Walker implemented an austerity drive and review of the organisation’s structure.
His time as chief executive culminated in Amicus Horizon winning the Business Transformation of the Year gong at this year’s UK Housing Awards last month.
‘I have done what I said I’d do when I took over which was to get top decile performance in KPIs [key performance indicators], sector-leading customer satisfaction and financial stability,’ said Mr Walker. ‘For me, the biggest thing was changing the culture at Amicus Horizon to facilitate better business performance and customer focus.’
Charles Falconer, chair of Amicus Horizon, added: ‘We will be sorry to see Steve go - having witnessed a breathtaking turnaround. But he leaves in place a brilliant top team, an organisational can do culture and first class business performance.’