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Dean takes over at Great Places

Alison Dean will start as the housing association’s chief executive on July 1, taking over from Matt Harrison who is stepping down after more than a decade in the role.

Dean is currently deputy chief executive of Manchester-based Great Places Housing Group. She has been associated with the company since 1997, joining us as a graduate. Throughout her time with the organization, she focused on customer engagement, revitalization, apartment management and service improvement. In 2022, she became deputy director general.

“I am delighted to have been selected to lead this fantastic organization at an exciting time for our business as we prepare to launch our ambitious new corporate plan,” said Dean.

“Our employees and partners are passionate about providing excellent service to our customers, and we will remain committed to helping combat the housing crisis and improving the communities we serve.”

Mervyn Jones, CEO of Great Places, expressed his confidence in Dean to take over as CEO.

“We are delighted that Alison has accepted this position after a robust recruitment process and significant competition from other exceptional, experienced candidates,” he said.

“This appointment signals the strength of our organization and will continue to build on the success of our growth program and invest more than ever before in existing customer homes.”

Jones continued: “I would like to thank Matt Harrison for everything he has done for our customers, colleagues and community.

“I look forward to working closely with Alison as we turn over this new chapter and continue to work to help more people live in safe homes.”

Earlier this year, Great Places received £284m of sustainability-linked funding from Santander, NatWest and ABN AMRO. The money is to be spent on delivering 9,000 affordable homes before the end of the decade and making the current 25,000 association homes more energy efficient.

Dean will no doubt be busy when she takes over as CEO. Great Places currently has a number of major projects in the North West, including an LGBT+ housing block in Manchester, 132 homes in Radcliffe and 148 flats in Stockport