WISH appoints new managing director

Women in Social Housing (WISH), the membership network for women in the housing sector, has appointed Helen Greig as its new managing director.
Helen Greig, Women in Social Housing (WISH)'s new managing director, smiling at the camera.
Helen Greig, Women in Social Housing (WISH)’s new managing director. Credit: WISH

Women in Social Housing (WISH) has appointed Helen Greig as its new managing director.

Greig, who boasts over 20 years’ experience in the housing sector, will take up the role on Tuesday 1 December.

Greig will replace Nicola Dibb who is standing down as managing director, 22 years after Dibb founded WISH in 1998.  

WISH, the membership network for women working in the UK’s housing sector, currently operates across nine regions and has over 500 members.

Greig said of her appointment: “This is a hugely important and exciting time for WISH. I am passionate about improving equality and diversity within the housing sector, and ensuring that women at every stage of their careers have the right network around them to help them succeed.

“We also have a huge task ahead of us to ensure that we can continue to attract the best and brightest talent to work in social housing.

“Nicola has done an incredible job at WISH and leaves the organisation in a very strong position. She has truly helped to give many women a more powerful voice in our industry.”

Throughout her career in the housing sector Helen has held many senior roles. She currently works as managing director of the social housing consultancy service Obsidian Enterprises and as a senior impact consultant for Trust Impact.

Greig previously worked for several years as East Midlands external affairs manager for the National Housing Federation (NHF).

Prior to that she worked at housing associations such as Tuntum Housing and Action Housing, where she served as acting CEO.

Nicola Dibb, founder and executive director of WISH, said: “I founded WISH over 22 years ago with the aim of challenging gender inequality and the gender pay gap, encouraging new and existing female talent to remain in the sector and championing positive and beneficial outcomes for all women.

“I am so proud of how far we’ve come. I have every confidence in Helen to continue this work and I look forward to seeing how she drives equality and diversity within housing.”

Debra Constance, chair of WISH, said: “It’s been a pleasure to work with Nicola for more than 20 years, and it is incredible to look back at all we’ve achieved in that time.

“As Nicola moves on, I am delighted to welcome Helen as our new managing director. She was appointed due to her vast knowledge and experience, and her values make her an excellent fit for the organisation. I am looking forward to working closely with her to continue advocating for women in housing.”

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