New chief executive for Suffolk Housing

Suffolk Housing's new chief executive, Sue Philp, takes over from her predecessor  Ian Winslet ANL-161005-124549001

Suffolk Housing's new chief executive, Sue Philp, takes over from her predecessor Ian Winslet ANL-161005-124549001

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Suffolk Housing’s new chief executive has pledged to continue providing top quality services to tenants while introducing new and innovative ways of working.

Sue Philp has taken the hot seat after spending just over ten years as Suffolk Housing’s operations director. She replaces Ian Winslet, who is moving to housing consultancy Ark after five years as chief executive.

Mrs Philp brings with her more than 30 years of experience in the housing sector, which began when she took up a three-month temporary placement with Family Housing in Manchester after leaving university.

Prior to moving to Suffolk, she managed the residential portfolio for Church Commissioners, a private sector company based in London.

“I am really looking forward to taking up the role of chief executive and building on the success that Suffolk Housing has enjoyed under Ian’s leadership,” said Mrs Philp.

“We have some exciting times ahead, which include moving to our new office later this year and introducing new and innovative ways of working. There will also be opportunities to showcase our achievements nationally by attending conferences and shouting about our successes to colleagues from across the industry.

“However, we will also face some challenges as budgets become more squeezed and our income from rent is reduced. Despite this, we are determined not to compromise on quality and will retain our focus on providing the best possible services for our residents.”

Mr Winslet joined Suffolk Housing in January 2011, and has led the organisation as its housing stock has grown by a third, to almost 3,000 flats, houses and sheltered homes.

He said: “My time at Suffolk Housing has been fantastic and I have relished the chance to grow the organisation and make it more sustainable while also maintaining our ethos and values.

“The staff at Suffolk Housing all believe in the good work they are doing and that makes them a really strong and consistent team. I will miss them all and wish them continued success in the future.”

Richard Carter, society chairman, said: “I am delighted that Sue had accepted the challenge of leading Suffolk Housing in the next phase of its growth and development.

“She will bring a focus and determination to put residents first while ensuring that we are able to continue building homes for local people.”