Dear TRA Chair
I wanted to let you know that after 7 years of leading the Housing department and the modernisation agenda for Southwark Council, I have decided to completely change my career path and have announced that I will be leaving the council at the end of the year. I am incredibly proud of the progress we have made in Southwark, improving the quality of our council homes by making them warm, safe and dry, installing new kitchens and bathrooms, and bringing our contact centre back in-house. We have also vastly improved the housing management service, so we are more responsive to our residents.
I am pleased that I will be here to get a long-term plan in place for the residents of the Ledbury estate before I leave and to carry on leading the department whilst arrangements are made for my replacement.
My decision to leave was not an easy one, as I have thoroughly enjoyed working for what I believe is the very best council in London, with fantastic residents, colleagues, councillors, and partners but I have ambitions beyond local government that I would like to fulfil, including a long held dream of setting up my own creative business. After nearly 30 years in public service, it’s time to get back to my creative roots. However, I will always have a passion for what we do and hope to use my skills and experience in other ways.
This has been the most challenging job in my career but also the most satisfying, not least because of the amazing people I have had the pleasure to work with.
With very best wishes
Strategic Director Housing & Modernisation
160 Tooley Street
London SE1 2TZ