Soha Housing announces that its Board has appointed Kate Wareing as its next Chief Executive.
Kate will take up the position in July 2018 and brings a vast amount of housing sector and leadership experience to Soha. She has over fifteen years’ experience working for housing and social sector not for profit organisations delivering, commissioning and managing services. This includes working for Cherwell Housing Trust, Oxfordshire County Council and, more recently as Director of the UK Poverty Programme for Oxfam GB.
Since then, Kate has run her own business, Butterfly UK and Global Consultancy, delivering over 20 projects to support organisations to develop their strategies, build their organisational capacity and implement change.
Kate is qualified with the Chartered Institute of Housing and is currently a Board Member with Reall and Ronan’s Trust and Vice Chair of Spring Impact. She was previously Chair of Cottsway Housing Association.
Vic Breach, Chair of the Board and a Soha tenant said: “I am delighted that Kate will be our new Chief Executive from July. After over 20 years of success, Soha has now become a mutual housing association with tenants having a large say and control over what we do. Richard has led our success and helped us set out our future direction. We have high tenants’ satisfaction, great services and an excellent record of building new homes for people in housing need. Kate will now be joining us at this exciting time to continue putting tenants at the heart of what we do. Her wide experience and clear commitment will help Soha remain one of the best housing associations in the future.”
Kate plans to continue developing both new homes and the offer to Soha’s residents and communities. She said: “I am delighted and excited to join as Chief Executive. Soha is an organisation I have long had huge respect for that is committed to the communities it serves, and to putting residents at the heart of its business. I look forward to working with residents, staff, our partners and the board to continue Soha’s success”.
Kate succeeds Richard Peacock who retires in June. He said: “Soha has been a massive part of my professional life and I’m immensely proud of what we’ve achieved over the last 20 years. We’ve provided more than 2,600 new homes, delivered great services and won national recognition for how we listen to and involve residents. Kate brings a wealth of experience and great leadership skills to take Soha forwards. She will continue to develop Soha’s close relationship with residents, which we know makes a difference to people’s lives”.