Suzy to move on...

After nearly nine years at the helm, Suzy Brain England is retiring as chair of Derwent Living's Board.

Suzy has served the maximum term that any board member can serve, and will hand over the reins in 2019 once a successor is appointed.

Since joining the organisation in 2010, Suzy has been involved in some of the biggest Derwent Living deals of the last decade. These include innovative student accommodation projects at Essex, Hertfordshire and Gloucester and the large scale transfer of over 1,000 affordable properties from the Home Housing Group in 2011.

Suzy also worked with the Board and senior team at Derwent Living during the transition into the Places for People Group in 2016, securing a sustainable long-term future and increased development programme for the organisation.

Over the years, Suzy has been ever-present at customer and colleague events and has been involved in the opening of numerous affordable housing schemes. A particular highlight was cutting the ribbon alongside film director Ken Loach to unveil a new ultra-low carbon scheme in Mickleover, Derby.

Speaking recently, Suzy reflected on her time at Derwent Living: "I joined Derwent Living at a time when regulation and the needs of the organisation were changing rapidly. We were very much aware that we needed new ways to fund and develop housing, and I'm delighted with some of the schemes and projects we delivered to meet those challenges.

"The innovative way Derwent Living has been able to reinvest surpluses from commercial ventures into the development of affordable housing over the years has made a great difference to a great many people in the region, and I'm proud to have been part of that."

Commenting on Suzy's tenure as chair, Derwent Living's chief executive Peter McCormack said the skills and experience she brought to the role had helped make the organisation stronger: "Suzy has been a great ambassador for Derwent Living, becoming chair just after the global financial crash when the country and the sector was under significant pressure.

"Her stewardship of the organisation through those tricky years and the expertise she brought to the Board subsequently have undoubtedly helped Derwent Living become a much stronger business. We value her commitment, contribution and leadership and wish her all the best for the future.”

Derwent Living is now looking to appoint a new chair to continue developing and driving the organisation forward, and ensuring corporate governance and regulation remains a top priority.

The organisation is also seeking two additional members to join its Board at the same time. In particular someone with financial experience at a senior level and someone with previous or current involvement in the facilities management sector.

Full information about the vacancies can be found at the following page or you can email boardrecruitment@derwentliving.com to arrange an informal discussion about any of the roles.