Broadacres chief executive steps down

Steve Towers.

A man who was instrumental in setting up Broadacres Housing Association has announced his retirement as chief executive.

Steve Towers will step down from August after 24 years as the association’s chief executive.

Steve Towers played a major role in establishing the association in 1993 after Hambleton District Council’s housing stock was transferred over to the newly-formed Broadacres.

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Under his stewardship, Mr Towers has seen Broadacres grow both in terms of the number of properties it manages (currently over 6,000 homes) but also the breadth of services it provides.

This includes extra care schemes, women’s refuge, young homelessness accommodation and services for people with learning disabilities and mental health issues.

The association employs over 300 people and has a turnover of £46 million

Mr Towers said: “I have really enjoyed my time at Broadacres and consider myself very fortunate to have worked with such a dedicated group of people.

“The association has established itself as a true community resource and I wish it every success for the future.”

Colin Wilkie, Broadacres’ chairman, said: “As chief executive, Steve has overseen the growth of Broadacres, including the building of 2,000 new, affordable homes, increasing the range of services to assist the vulnerable, providing a money advice service and creating an in-house maintenance and property improvement team.

“With awards such as Investors in People, Customer Service Excellence a Sunday Times Top 100 company, he has also helped ensure that Broadacres is an employer of choice in the area.

“He has made a major contribution to Broadacres’ success and we wish him the very best in his retirement.”

“The Broadacres’ board will now begin the process of recruiting Mr Towers’ successor.