New chief executive joins Suffolk HousingSeptember 17, 2018
The new chief executive of Suffolk Housing has spoken of the importance of listening to tenants and taking account of their views so that the services they receive can be improved still further.
Adrian Barber has taken over the reins after spending 13 years specialising in consultancy work and fulfilling interim senior manager roles. He will work with Suffolk Housing on an interim basis, initially for one year.
Adrian brings with him 30 years’ experience in the housing industry, having begun his career as a housing officer in Kent before helping with one of the first transfers of council homes to a housing association in the UK.
He then went into management and held a variety of senior roles in the south east before becoming a consultant and interim in 2005. Adrian has since worked with a range of organisations across the country, most recently with Trivallis, in Wales, where he was a director before becoming interim chief executive.
“I have always enjoyed helping organisations to make positive changes and hope to continue that trend at Suffolk Housing,” said Adrian. “My priority will be listening to our residents and staff and finding out what would make a difference to their lives so that we can further improve the services we provide.
“I am passionate about technology and feel we have a real opportunity to work in partnership and explore the possibility of introducing some really innovative things, such as virtual tours of properties to prevent older people from having to travel.
“We will make sure that any changes we make provide good value for money and will truly benefit our residents by making their lives easier or the services we provide to them even better.”
Carole Taylor-Brown, chairman of Suffolk Housing, said: “We are delighted to welcome Adrian to Suffolk Housing. He brings with him a wealth of experience as well as some really exciting ideas about changes we could make to improve the services we provide to our residents still further.”