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Announcement - New Chief Executive for Orwell

Announcement - New Chief Executive for Orwell

Orwell Housing Association Announces New CEO

Wendy Evans-Hendrick has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer at Orwell Housing Association.

Wendy takes over from Stephen Javes who retired after 27 years. She will now lead our organisation, which provides homes for over 7,500 residents and managing 4,000 plus properties, throughout Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridge and Essex. We also provide care, support, housing management, property development and estate services, employing some 800 staff with a turnover of over £50m.

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.”

Wendy has more than two decades’ experience working in housing in the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk.

She Initially trained as a town planner but after a short time in the profession found that she wanted to be more involved in the development of projects.  She moved to Suffolk and started work 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 as Development Manager.

At the time, the Development Team at Orwell was a team of two including Wendy!  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 she took on responsibility for Property Services as well as Development and was promoted to Development & Property Services Director.

Speaking on her appointment Wendy said she was “honoured” to take over and had 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 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.”

Photo credit: Anthony Cullen