CEO Blog

Thursday, 19 December 2019

I have spent most of my career working in and around public health in some form; whether in housing, health or social care; and almost all of that time I have worked specifically with marginalised groups. With people who find it harder than most to get their voice heard or the services they need. This…

Starts at Home Day

Friday, 30 August 2019

Last year on Starts at Home Day I wrote a celebratory piece about all the wonderful things I have seen happen in Supported Housing over my career – the lives changed, the independence gained. And this year I still feel celebratory about all the amazing achievements of supported housing. As an organisation I know making…

Further social care regulation can’t replace lost funding
Guest blog from Steve Harris

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Recent headline-grabbing news articles raise issues around funding and regulation in the social care sector. Steve Harris, Business Development Director at Reside Housing Association, considers the implications. I was struck by two particular pieces of news in recent weeks. One was a report from the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services which highlighted that,…

Taking time out to tackle challenges

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Turbulent times, alongside unsettled weather, highlight the need to restore inner calm and thinking space. Reside Housing Association’s Chief Executive Officer, Diane French, discusses how she and her team tackle challenges in a fast-changing world. At the time of writing my last blog, it was not quite spring but I was looking forward to the…

Life lessons lay robust foundations for survival

Friday, 15 March 2019

A rigorous stress testing workshop provided food for thought for Reside Housing Association’s Chief Executive Officer, Diane French. Here she reflects on resilience, life experience, risk management and lessons learned. It is an interesting, if sobering, experience to think about all the things that might take you under. The more difficult question of course is…

International Women’s Day 2019

Friday, 8 March 2019

Who do you think of on International Women’s Day? I always remember my mother. Sadly she is no longer with us, but she has always been my inspiration and I owe her a lot. She grew up in significant poverty. Her father died when she was just three in an era that consigned families without…

From The CEO – Collaboration

Friday, 18 January 2019

Everyone tells you it is lonely at the top. And that is true. Throughout my career I have been passionate about partnership, collaboration and adding value. To my mind, better outcomes are achieved when people and organisations work together and the sector pulls in the same direction. I recently completed my first year as Reside’s…

From The CEO – Top Down Levers

Friday, 11 January 2019

In this second post about my first year as Reside’s CEO, I want to talk about what drives change and improvement in our sector.  I spent an interesting few years of my life working at the National Audit Office leading their performance measurement practice. At one point I was involved in publishing a study on…

From The CEO

Friday, 4 January 2019

My first year at Reside Housing is now over and what a year it’s been with a fantastic team who are passionate about making a difference to the people we support. This is the first in a series of blogs I will be writing as I reflect on the learning, challenges and joys my first…

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