The Guernsey Housing Association (GHA) has appointed Victoria Slade as its Chief Executive, replacing Steve Williams, who is retiring after leading the organisation for almost two decades.
Before joining the GHA, Victoria was the Chief Executive of the Cynon Taf Community Housing Group in Wales. She was responsible for almost 2,000 properties in an area with significant deprivation. She has extensive knowledge of social housing and says she is focused on delivering quality services to residents: “What Steve and the GHA have achieved is phenomenal, with highly efficient, well-built properties and a financially stable organisation.
“The GHA also has strong values, reinforcing my decision to take this important role. I firmly believe that housing provides a bedrock for life opportunities, improving people’s outcomes, such as their education and health. Affordable housing can make a significant difference in many lives.
“My priorities are to further develop the GHA’s relationship with our stakeholders whilst ensuring our properties remain in excellent condition and our tenants receive a great service.”
Moving to Guernsey to take up her new position, Victoria said that she is excited by the new challenge: “I love Guernsey and have been made to feel very welcome. The scenery and history are amazing, and everyone is so friendly. However, I recognise that this wonderful island is facing housing challenges, and we will continue to work tirelessly to provide affordable housing for the community.”
Mr Williams will support Ms Slade in an advisory role to provide an extensive handover before he retires in February 2023 after 17 years of public service with the GHA.
Commenting on Victoria’s appointment, Chris Hill, chairman of the GHA, said: “We are delighted to welcome Victoria and are sure that she will make a major contribution, working with our stakeholders, to meet the significant need for social housing in Guernsey.”