Anne Waterhouse announced as new Wandle Chief Executive

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Anne Waterhouse as Wandle’s new chief executive, taking the reins from Tracey Lees, who retires in spring 2023.

Anne Waterhouse portrait photo

Anne will join Wandle from A2Dominion, where she has been for 16 years, holding a variety of senior roles – including as interim CEO in 2021/22, and most recently as Deputy CEO and Executive Director (Central & Financial Services).

She will be responsible for ensuring the continued delivery of Wandle’s core purpose: supporting people across south London who need a home; and ensuring progress against the corporate strategic plan to 2025.

Chair of the Board: Dr Valerie Vaughan-Dick, MBE, said:

“Anne joins Wandle with a proven track record in the housing sector, and clearly has the skills and passion that will support our purpose and deliver our ambitious strategy.

“Anne will work with our Executive Team to further enhance our financial resilience, invest in both our existing properties and new homes across south London, and deliver sustained improvements in our customer services.

“These are exciting times for Wandle. The Board and I are looking forward to welcoming Anne to the organisation, which will begin with a smooth handover from our retiring CEO Tracey Lees in the spring of 2023.”

Anne Waterhouse, said:

“I am delighted to be joining the Wandle team. It’s a challenging and exciting time for the organisation, with a clear strategy in place to do more for Wandle’s customers and communities. Wandle still has an essential role in helping deliver more affordable homes for London but like many in the sector this needs to be balanced with continued investment in existing homes to ensure customers remain safe and secure. 

Tracey leaves behind a great team with strong, capable, and talented colleagues and a skilled supportive Board. It is my privilege to join as Wandle’s new Chief Executive, building and accelerating on delivering the commitments made to customers, colleagues and key stakeholders in a sustained way.”

IDA statement

Today the Regulator of Social Housing (RSH) has published the result of our In-Depth Assessment, which happened earlier this year.

The regulatory judgement confirms our G2/V2 rating of governance and viability. Wandle has changed significantly since its previous IDA. The presenting issues of 2018 have been resolved and the new regulatory judgement has been formed from a much-improved organisation with clear plans to improve further.

The Board is pleased that the RSH has recognised the significant improvements we have made in creating financial resilience, managing risk, and our revised asset management plan.

We have put in place a new corporate strategy with a strong focus on improving our services to customers and how we use data to support decision-making on existing homes.

The Board has already considered the current economic climate and made changes to our delivery plan for new homes.

We are grateful to the regulator for their ongoing engagement, continue to work with them, and are confident that we will deliver our corporate strategy and progress to a G1 governance rating within the next 12 months.

Dr Valerie Vaughan-Dick, MBE

Chair of the Board

Chair of Wandle Board announces move from RCGP to RIBA

Dr Valerie Vaughan-Dick MBE today announced that she will be leaving her role as Chief Operating Officer at the Royal College of General Practitioners in January 2023, to take up the role of Chief Executive Officer at the Royaly Institute of British Architects.

Dr Vaughan-Dick remains in role as Chair of the Board at Wandle, and her commitment to delivering Wandle’s strategic plan to 2025 remains undiminished.

We hope you will join us in congratulating her on this exciting new step.

Could you join our Board?

Could you be our new board member

We are currently looking for our next Resident Board Member – could you provide strategic direction to Wandle, and oversee and scrutinise our operations? If so, apply today!

Wandle proudly supports people across south London who need a home. That is why we were formed in 1967, and why we exist today. Since then, we have grown into an organisation with over 7,000 homes across nine south London boroughs and almost 200 staff.

Wandle is governed by a Board of Management, that takes strategic decisions about all aspects of what we do. It’s important that we have a resident voice at this top level, and we’re recruiting for this role now.

You can see the full role description and skills you’d need to bring to the role online here: https://www.wandle.com/current-vacancies/

We look forward to hearing from you!

Applications close on Tuesday 15 November.

Tracey Lees, Chief Executive of Wandle, to retire

Announcement from Chair of the Board, Dr Valerie Vaughan-Dick MBE

Tracey Lees, who became chief executive of Wandle Housing Association (Wandle) in 2015, has announced that she is retiring.

Tracey Lees’ long career in housing began in 1983 and has included being Chief Executive at The Barnet Group, as well as holding director positions at the Home Group and Thames Valley Housing Association.

Chair of the Board, Dr Valerie Vaughan-Dick MBE, said:

“We wish Tracey Lees all the best for her retirement. She leaves behind a solid legacy with a strong team and a robust foundation for Wandle’s future. The Board and I are proud of what she has achieved and thank Tracey for her role in leading Wandle for the last seven years. The process for appointing a new CEO will commence shortly. Tracey Lees will remain in post until the new CEO joins Wandle.

Tracey Lees, said:

“It’s been a privilege to lead Wandle for the last seven years. I would like to thank the Wandle Board, colleagues, and customers for their support. I will leave behind a strong Board and Executive Team and I wish Wandle all the very best for the future.”

We are currently recruiting for a new chief executive, if you are interested you can read more about the role here.

Queen Elizabeth II

Everyone at Wandle is deeply saddened by the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. 

The Queen ruled for longer than any other Monarch in British history, and was a dearly loved and respected figure, who solemnly served the Commonwealth with unwavering faith, high courage, and a quiet heart. 

Our heartfelt condolences are with her family during this difficult time. 

We invite you all to write a message of condolence in the public memorial book on the official palace website: https://www.royal.uk/send-message-condolence

 We acknowledge that this will be a very sad time for the country and encourage you to discuss your feelings and reach out to loved ones who may also be struggling. 

“I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service.” – HM Queen Elizabeth II, on her 21st birthday address 

Queen Elizabeth II 1926 - 2022