Melinda Phillips to retire as Chief Executive

Melinda Phillips, the long serving Chief Executive of Housing 21, is to retire at the end of December after 15 years of running the company.

62 year old Phillips, the outgoing Chief Executive said: "It has been a great privilege to lead such a fantastic and inspiring organisation as Housing 21 over the past 15 years.  I am proud of the many changes and developments that have occurred during my tenure and believe that the company is well-positioned for its new phase of growth."

David Grayson, Chairman of Housing 21, added: "Housing 21 is as successful as it is today thanks to Melinda's leadership and vision. I have been honoured to have been able to work with her for a fraction of the time she has been in charge of building up Housing 21 into the highly respected and successful enterprise that it is today. We all wish her well in her retirement.

"In order to achieve the continuity the organisation needs at this time, Melinda will be succeeded by Pushpa Raguvaran, the current Deputy Chief Executive who has been with the company for 14 years.

"In Pushpa we have a very worthy successor. She has shown much skill and insight in her role with responsibility for our finances and our commercial development. Earlier this summer in acting as CEO during Melinda's summer sabbatical; she led the team which acquired Claimar Care plc, the first acquisition of a publicly quoted company by a 'not for profit' enterprise."

Pushpa Raguvaran, incoming Chief Executive, responded: "It is a great pleasure to be taking over as Chief Executive of such a significant organisation, particularly at this exciting time of change where the acquisition of Claimar Care has given us the opportunity to significantly develop our care business."