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New Executive Director appointed

POSTED: 1/02/2022


Helen Spencer has been promoted to the role of Executive Director of Growth at Great Places Housing Group.

She will be responsible for the delivery of Great Places’ £1bn affordable housing development programme and the management of key stakeholder relationships like the recently announced Homes England Strategic Partnership.

Helen will also be responsible for leading Great Places’ Plumlife sales team, will oversee the £750m Innovation Chain North construction framework and the growth of Great Places’ recently launched in-house building contractor, Terra Nova Developments Limited.

Helen joined Great Places in 2004 as an Assistant Development Officer and became Director of Development in 2016, delivering more than 4,000 new homes in that role. She has led on a number of high profile projects and bids, most recently running the successful Victoria North bid in Manchester. In addition, Helen has provided inspirational leadership for Great Places’ successful affordable homes Plumlife sales team.

Commenting on her appointment, Helen said: “I’m really excited about taking on the new challenge as part of the Executive Team, helping Great Places realise its ambitious development plans.

“I look forward to continuing to deliver a high volume of quality new affordable homes, progressing the excellent work with our Plumlife sales service and working with sector peers to champion the work we do.”

Matthew Harrison, Chief Executive at Great Places, added: “Great Places has a £1bn development programme over the next six years and will be working hard with all our key stakeholders to deliver our ambition.

“Helen’s appointment reflects the importance of the role and size of the challenge. We are pleased to continue to promote talent from within our organisation where appropriate and I am confident Helen, who is currently Director of Development, will make an excellent addition to the Executive Team.”

Helen starts her new role from February.