Incommunities appoints new chief executive

The Yorkshire housing association Incommunities has appointed Catalyst's former chief operating officer Rachael Dennis as its new chief executive.
Rachael Harris, the incoming chief executive of Incommunities.
Rachael Dennis, the incoming chief executive of Incommunities. Credit: Incommunities

The Yorkshire housing association Incommunities has appointed Rachael Dennis as its new group chief executive.

Dennis, currently Taylor Wimpey’s managing director for the South East, will start her new role leading the 22,000-home landlord in February 2021.

Dennis has over 20 years’ experience in the housing sector, many of them at a senior level, and has held numerous non-executive roles in housing, the NHS, and charity boards.

She previously worked as the chief operating officer of London housing association Catalyst after joining as its executive director of finance in 2004.

Dennis will take over Incommunities following the retirement of its long-standing chief executive Geraldine Hawley, who has led the housing association since it formed in 2003.

Jan Ormondroyd, group chair of Incommunities, said: “We are delighting to be making this appointment at an exciting time for the group.

“Rachael has extensive leadership experience as well as a strong knowledge of the sector and is keen to deliver our ambitious strategy for growth and achieve our potential.

“Both the board and I are looking forward to working with Rachael and taking the business forward in line with our strategic aims.”

Incommunities formed in 2003 as Bradford Community Housing Trust after a stock transfer from Bradford Council, and rebranded to its current guise in 2008.

Under Hawley’s leadership it has become one of the UK’s largest social housing providers, owning and managing over 22,000 homes across Bradford and West and South Yorkshire.

Since its formation in 2003 Incommunities has built over 700 homes for rent, shared ownership and sale. It aims to create another 1000 homes across Bradford and Kirklees over the next five years.

Announcing her appointment, Incommunities praised Dennis for her ‘strong track record in strategic leadership, delivering business and culture change and improving customer services’.

Dennis said: “I am extremely proud to be joining Incommunities as its new chief executive and build on Geraldine’s many achievements.

“I am passionate about social housing and making a difference to people’s lives and I look forward to working with the board, all the staff, our customers and our partners. I’m really looking forward to getting started.”

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