Great Places CEO to step down

Great Places is recruiting for a new CEO following the news that Matt Harrison (pictured above) has decided to step down.

Matt, who became CEO in 2013 after serving for 20 years as director of development at Great Places, plans to remain in post until the end of June 2024.

Over the past 10 years, Matt has overseen the growth of the organisation to become one of the most significant housing associations serving the north of England, with more than 25,500 homes owned or managed.

During his tenure as CEO, Matt has overseen a significant development programme which has delivered thousands of new homes across all tenures, as well as the creation of Terra Nova, a successful in-house construction company and JVs with other housing associations in Greater Manchester and South Yorkshire.

Matt said: “Great Places is a financially strong and resilient organisation with a skilled executive team which we intend to boost by recruiting a new chief property officer shortly.

“We are well placed to take on the challenges facing the sector now and into the future, and will set out a new Corporate Plan shortly that will outline the priorities for Great Places over the next 3 years.

Mervyn Jones, chair at Great Places, added: “I would like to thank Matt for his many years of commitment and inspirational leadership.

“As a result of his diligent stewardship, he will leave Great Places in a strong position to continue to invest significantly in our customers’ homes, communities and in improving our services, meaning we can make delivering on our vision of great homes, great communities and great people a reality."

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