Plymouth’s largest social housing provider has appointed Jonathan Cowie as its new Chief Executive.
Jonathan will take over as CEO of Plymouth Community Homes (PCH) when the current Chief Executive, John Clark, retires in September.
Jonathan is currently Chief Operating Officer at Vivid Housing in Portsmouth, a post he has held for the last four years. Jonathan was formerly the Chief Executive of City West Homes in London, and Chief Operating Officer of Sovereign Housing in Newbury.
During his career, Jonathan has also held senior management roles within national utility and telecoms companies, and has a background of working in customer service with a focus on championing the voice of the customer.
Alongside his position at Vivid, Jonathan is a non-executive director at Magna Housing in Dorset, and for the UK Institute of Customer Service.
Jonathan Cowie said: “I am delighted to be joining PCH at the start of the organisation’s new, five-year business plan, which offers a clear vision to continue the organisation’s work to improve lives. PCH is a really strong organisation which is already making a positive difference within communities across Plymouth and beyond. I hope to continue this legacy and work in partnership with PCH’s staff, customers and partners, existing and new, to turn the organisation’s new strategy into reality.”
Jonathan will be relocating to the area from his home in Wiltshire upon taking up the position.
Jonathan added: “I’m excited to get to know the vibrant and historic city of Plymouth better having fallen in love with the area on previous visits for work and holidays, and I look forward to becoming part of the community. Plymouth is a city which is reinventing itself through regeneration and by attracting new investment, and PCH is integral in supporting this journey.
“My ambition is to help PCH grow and thrive, so we can deliver on the organisation’s new mission and vision to truly improve lives, and for PCH to be sought out as the partner, employer and housing provider of choice for others wanting to make a difference in their local community.”
Jonathan will take over as CEO from John Clark, who retires in September following seven years in post. During his time at the helm of PCH, John has led the organisation to significant growth and success, growing turnover to £77.8million and increasing PCH’s housing assets to £552million with the development and acquisition of new homes.
PCH manages 16,000 properties providing homes for affordable and social rent for more than 35,000 people, as well managing commercial properties including 170 shops. PCH has also developed and sold more than 300 homes for shared ownership sale to help more people get onto the housing ladder.
This spring, John launched PCH’s new, five-year Strategic Business Plan to set out the company’s vision, values, and key objectives for the coming years.
Valerie Lee, Chair of PCH Board, said: “We are hugely grateful to John for his leadership and passion during the last seven years, which has helped PCH become one of the top performing social housing associations in the country, delivering first-class services for people in Plymouth.
“I’m very happy to announce the appointment of Jonathan as our new Chief Executive. He joins PCH this autumn with a wealth of experience in the housing sector to lead our work in delivering the mission set out in our business plan, which is to provide a high quality, affordable home for everyone who needs one, within communities where people truly want to live.
“As the cost-of-living crisis continues, it’s never been more important for social housing landlords like PCH to support local people in housing need, and Jonathan will be a driving force to help the organisation do all we can to become outward-looking and collaborative so we can deliver real results for our customers.”