The Southern housing association Abri has appointed its first ever director of assets and sustainability to lead its efforts on tackling climate change.
Joining Abri’s executive team, Rose Bean will be responsible for leading the 35,000-home landlord’s approach to achieving net zero carbon by 2050 in line with the UK’s national target.
In the newly created position, Bean will direct Abri’s regeneration and sustainable practices, including its plans to retrofit existing homes.
The housing association says the appointment signals its commitment to achieving net zero across its housing stock and its wider business.
Commenting on her appointment, Bean said: “In our first six months as Abri we have already begun to deliver on our priorities, setting out on our target of building at least 10,000 homes by 2030 and launching our strategic approach to becoming carbon neutral.
“I am excited to step into this new position and help drive these projects and more forward. I have worked in housing for 16 years; it is my passion. I’m looking forward to leading our colleagues, and supporting the board and Executive team, towards a sustainable, bright future.”
Abri is one of the largest housing associations in the South of England, managing around 35,000 homes for 80,000 residents.
The housing association, previously known as Radian Group, rebranded last year following its merger with Yarlington Housing Group in 2019.
Bean first worked in Abri’s customer contact centre before becoming a trainee surveyor. She held several asset management positions for Yarlington Housing Group and most recently served as Abri’s first director of asset management and regeneration.
Bean is also a board member of the charity 1625 Independent People, which supports young people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
Abri’s announcement of Bean’s appointment follows the launch of the Greener Futures Partnership, which will see Abri work with four other major housing associations to build and retrofit thousands of sustainable homes.
Abri’s chief executive, Gary Orr, said: “Rose is already an integral part of our team and appointing her to this new role made complete sense.
“She is a natural driver for sustainable change, which will be important on our journey to net zero carbon. And she is passionate about giving communities places to live and thrive. All of this and more made Rose the clear choice to lead in this role.”
Image: Rose Bean, Abri’s new director of assets and sustainability. Credit: Abri