About your team

A message from Maxine Holdsworth, Corporate Director of Housing

At Islington, housing is a top priority. We strongly believe that a secure, affordable, safe and well maintained place to call home is key to helping people achieve their potential and enjoy a good quality of life - but we know that the shortage of genuinely affordable housing in our densely populated borough is a real concern for many local people.

You will join a well experienced senior management team working with colleagues and partners to ensure decent housing that enables our residents can live well. We have a programme to develop hundreds of new council homes; keep our residents safe in their homes; be an excellent landlord; and support rough sleepers away from homelessness.

As the Director of Housing Property Services, you will be responsible for the safety and maintenance of 35,000 homes in the borough. You will need to retain and develop a strong and technically proficient team, and work to improve our focus on communication with residents. You will be overseeing a large scale capital investment programme, a busy repairs service as well as developing our approach to reshaping the service and investment around new regulatory requirements for building safety. You will play a corporate role in developing the roadmap to achieving net zero carbon in our housing stock. We are looking for someone who has achieved significant success at a senior level, and can drive forward one of our highest corporate priorities.

For us leadership involves driving strategy and change whilst keeping an eye on the detail in order to understand and drive performance improvement. We are looking for someone who can achieve this balance as well as create a collaborative, empowering culture for staff.

If you are someone who is a strong collaborator with experience of working with residents, politicians and partner organisations and have an interest in this role, we look forward to receiving your application.

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Thoughts from our team

Working within an experienced technical housing property services team has enabled our capital delivery team to improve Islington’s existing council stock for our residents.

Between the team we share new ideas, building materials, working collaboratively to find project solutions, and continue to develop our skills and knowledge, whilst always adapting to the ever-changing requirements and legislation set out across the entire built environment.

Our major works improve homes regardless of socio-economic background, helping our residents to live sustainably and preserving our community spaces for all to enjoy

Ellie Achilleos, Capital Works Manager

Ellie Achilleos, Capital Works Manager wearing a high vis jacket and a hard hat whilst sat on a roof at a construction site