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Matthew Harrison

CEO and Exec Board Member

Matthew joined Great Places in 1993 and led the organisation through award winning development before being appointed Chief Executive in April 2013. He has vast experience in development and urban regeneration and has led on many iconic developments that have supported the growth of the business. He has also been involved with a Local Strategic Partnership, has been a PFI Company Board Member and has supported the NHF in a variety of ways. He is currently a Board member of the Sheffield Housing Company, Halton Housing and Forge New Homes.

Pete Bojar

Executive Director Sustainable Assets and Repairs

Pete leads our Sustainable Assets and Repairs directorate and is responsible for our sustainable asset investment, repairs, building safety, carbon reduction, and developing our approach to modern methods of construction. He is a graduate of Sheffield Polytechnic and has worked in housing since 1989, starting his career in housing management before moving into development in 1992. He is highly experienced in regeneration and partnerships, and has led some of Great Places’ most successful, high-profile schemes.

Guy Cresswell

Executive Director Customer Services

Guy is responsible for the customer-facing side of our business, ensuring the organisation provides a great customer experience. Alongside managing our neighbourhoods, he is also responsible for our work in Independence and Wellbeing, which supports our more vulnerable customers to develop life skills and achieve their goals, and is an active member in a number of sector-related partnerships and forums. Guy has extensive experience in all aspects of housing but his passion lies in health and housing, investment in communities and regeneration, and the importance of getting right the basics of property management.

Alison Dean

Executive Director of People, Culture and Business Improvement

Alison Dean is Executive Director of People, Culture and Business Improvement at Great Places. She has over 20 years experience working in the housing sector, starting her career in customer involvement, before branching into regeneration and a variety of housing and management roles. Alison’s responsibility is to drive cultural change at Great Places through continual improvement of services, and keeping the needs of customers at the heart of what we do. She is also in charge of building our employer brand engagement, so we continue to attract and retain the best people to deliver our vision.

Phil Elvy

Executive Director of Finance

Phil has responsibility for ensuring Great Places’ Finance, Assurance, Procurement, Governance and Colleague Health and Safety functions provide high-quality support to the rest of the Group. He also ensures that the Group’s regulatory and statutory requirements are satisfied.

One of Phil’s key challenges is balancing the need for the long-term financial viability and stability of Great Places with risks posed by the Group’s strategic growth and development objectives.

He started his career in utilities and has worked in the housing sector for nearly 25 years.  Phil is a non-executive Board member at Bespoke Supportive Tenancies, a specialist supported housing provider.

Helen Spencer

Executive Director of Growth

Leading our Growth directorate, Helen is 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 is also responsible for leading Great Places’ Plumlife sales team, oversees 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 sales teams.

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Alliance of 23 Housing providers launches £2 billion off-site national construction framework

The Off-Site Homes Alliance, an alliance of 23 Housing Associations, is launching a national construction framework that, with the support of Local Authorities, will deliver off-site homes, with the objective of developing 10,000 homes per year by upgrading to MMC technology.

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Head on over to MyPlace!

We are now live with MyPlace – our new and improved customer portal that allows you to manage key aspects of your tenancy on any device, at a time that suits you. You can view your rent balance, make payments, log repairs and much more.

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Respect Campaign: against the abuse of customer service workers

Great Places is a proud supporter of the Respect Campaign launched by the Institute of Costumer Service (ICS). The campaign aims to create a better and more respectful relationship between the front-line workers, who can be sometimes subjected to abuse whilst carrying out their jobs, with the costumers.

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