After nearly two decades of leading the Guernsey Housing Association, Steve Williams has retired as Chief Executive.
Since joining the Guernsey Housing Association (GHA) in 2006, Steve has overseen the development of more than 1000 affordable homes in Guernsey.
One of his most significant projects was developing Le Vieux Jardin, which provides accommodation for people with autism. The project was finished in 2019 and has allowed local people who were accommodated in the UK to return to the island and live independently, close to their family and friends. New extra care homes in the Vale and St Martins were also outstanding achievements for Steve.
To celebrate his retirement, a party was held at Les Cotils, where Steve was joined by politicians, civil servants, colleagues and friends and family. Reflecting on his time at the GHA, Steve praised the team’s “can-do” attitude and expressed confidence in their ability to continue to provide high-quality and affordable housing for the community.
Steve said: “In the last 21 years, the GHA has provided more than 2,000 people with modern, warm and secure homes – that’s one in 30 people in the island. It has been a privilege to play a part in improving people’s lives.
“We have a well-qualified, experienced team who are determined to continue to provide much-needed homes.”
Victoria Slade, newly appointed Chief Executive of the GHA, said: “Steve’s contribution to Guernsey’s housing industry has been extraordinary, and everyone is very grateful for what he’s done for the island. He will be greatly missed at the GHA, and we wish him the best of luck in the next chapter of his life.
“We acknowledge the significant housing challenges facing the island, and the GHA will continue to provide high-quality, affordable homes for the community.”
Pictured: Steve Williams (right) at his retirement party