As the new Chief Executive Officer for the Orwell Housing Association, Wendy Evans-Hendrick takes over from long-standing CEO Stephen Javes who recently retired after 27 years.
Providing homes for over 7,500 residents and managing 4,000 plus properties across four English counties, Wendy will oversee a team of 800 staff members. The aim for Orwell’s future is to continue providing care and support, housing management, as well as property development, ultimately producing a turnover of £50,000,000.
Ian Beaumont, Chairman at Orwell said: “The Board is delighted to welcome Wendy to the role of Chief Executive Officer. As well as bringing her own style, thinking and impressive skillset, she has extensive knowledge of Orwell, our operating environment, partners, tenants and service users. The Board very much looks forward to working with Wendy on the next exciting phase of Orwell’s evolution.”
With more than two decades’ experience working in housing across Norfolk and Suffolk, Wendy’s journey began by initially training as a town planner before discovering a passion for the development of projects.
After moving to Suffolk, Wendy started working for a newly formed development team at Wherry Housing Association in Norfolk, which had been formed from Broadland District Council. In 1994, after 2.5 years at Wherry Housing, she moved to Orwell Housing as our Development Manager.
At the time, the Development Team at Orwell was a team of two including Wendy herself. Despite only having a small team, she was determined to grow the organisation and before long was building over 400 homes a year. The Development Team is now a team of 10 and builds homes across East Anglia for Orwell and five other partners.
In 1999, Wendy took on the responsibility for Property Services, as well as Development and was promoted to Development & Property Services Director.
Speaking about her new role, Wendy said she was “honoured” to take over and has a “clear vision for how we can continue to develop”.
“Orwell is a great organisation,” commented Wendy. “I feel privileged to take over from Stephen Javes, one of the most respected figures in the housing sector who has also been a great mentor to me over the years.
I very much look forward to working with our board, staff, customers and our stakeholders, to build on our already very firm foundations and deliver an ambitious agenda for the future.
East Anglia has seen an increase in higher rents and house prices. This is why providing affordable homes to rent and buy, through shared ownership, will continue to be one of our priorities at Orwell.
Alongside this, we need to tackle other issues that impact our customers, particularly on people living in rural areas.
Orwell has some ambitious plans for the future and I am looking forward to continuing the great work the organisation is renowned for.”