Ruth Cooke has now commenced her role as Group Chief Executive of Clarion Housing Group, the country’s largest landlord, following the retirement of Keith Exford CBE. She also joins the Group Board.
On joining the Group, Ruth commented: “I am proud to be joining Clarion at such an exciting and important time for this still relatively new Group. Our recent G1/V1 regulatory grading positions us among the best in the sector and provides increased confidence to investors and development partners that we are a good organisation to do business with.
“Only last week our ambition to deliver 50,000 homes in ten years was brought a step closer by the announcement of our joint venture with Countryside Properties to deliver 2,600 new homes at Ebbsfleet. It is clear Clarion has a major role to play in fixing the broken housing market.
“Clarion will always be, first and foremost, a business for social purpose. Our important work in supporting social mobility through our charitable foundation will continue to improve opportunities for our residents and those who live in our communities.”
Ruth joins Clarion from Midland Heart where she served as Chief Executive since 2012, having previously been the organisation’s finance Director. Prior to Midland Heart, Ruth, a qualified accountant, was Group Director of Resources at Knightstone Housing Association and Chief Finance Officer at Anchor Trust.