One of the largest housing associations in the South of England has announced the appointment to the newly created role of director of assets and sustainability.
Rose Bean will join the executive team at Abri, which was formed last year following the merger between Radian and Yarlington, in a move it said signals the organisation’s commitment to achieving net zero across its stock and wider business.
Before taking up this new executive role, Ms Bean served as Abri’s director of asset management and regeneration.
She first worked in Abri’s customer contact centre before becoming a trainee surveyor and has held several roles within the housing association’s asset management department.
In addition to her role at Abri, Ms Bean served on the board of 1625 Independent People, a charity that supports young people who are homeless or at risk of losing their home.
As director of assets and sustainability, Ms Bean will be responsible for steering Abri towards its goal of becoming net zero by 2050, in line with the UK government’s commitment.
The appointment follows the creation of the Greener Futures Partnership, a collaboration between Abri and four other major housing associations that plans to work together to improve the energy efficiency of their homes.
Ms Bean said: “In our first six months as Abri we have already begun to deliver on our priorities, setting out on our target of building at least 10,000 homes by 2030 and launching our strategic approach to becoming carbon-neutral.
“I am excited to step into this new position and help drive these projects and more forward. I have worked in housing for 16 years – it is my passion. I’m looking forward to leading our colleagues and supporting the board and executive team towards a sustainable, bright future.”
Gary Orr, chief executive at Abri, said: “Rose is already an integral part of our team and appointing her to this new role made complete sense. She is a natural driver for sustainable change, which will be important on our journey to net zero carbon. And she is passionate about giving communities places to live and thrive. All of this and more made Rose the clear choice to lead in this role.”
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