PCH AGM 2017 sees tribute to Chair

Our AGM saw Elaine Pellow give her last speech to residents as our Chair.

Elaine Pellow chaired her last meeting and gave PCH shareholders an overview of the highlights of her last year as Chair of the Board.

Elaine is stepping down this September and will be continuing as a Board Member until the end of her term in September 2018. She was warmly thanked by the Board, Executive Management Team and residents for her work as Chair and presented with a bouquet of flowers for her service.

Elaine said: “It has been a huge honour to be Chair of the Board and I have had six fantastic years. It was great to go out on a high as once again I was able to report to our Shareholders just how much we had achieved over the previous 12 months.

“To say that over 800 tenants had completed training programmes with us and to give a picture of how our new developments are being delivered for much needed homes across the city is a great achievement.

“I want to give my heartfelt thanks to all those people – residents, staff and Board Members who have been on this journey with me – we have achieved so much by working as a team with shared values and we can all take pride in the improvements and changes that have taken place at PCH. I am looking forward to continuing my contribution to the Board until September 2018.”

Chief Executive John Clark presented a roundup of the year, highlighting just some of our achievements including our Investors in People Gold Award, STAR survey results and British Safety Council 5 star Health and Safety rating.

John presented the Strategic Business Plan which gives PCH long term future direction with a clear social purpose which enables everybody to work towards the same goals. 

John went on to talk about our ongoing regeneration of North Prospect and what we want to achieve – deliver great services, build more homes and remain a strong, influential voice in the city.

Nick Jackson, Director of Business Services and Development presented the AGM with the PCH annual accounts, explaining our recent refinancing deal which has secured an additional £30M in funding.

This financial arrangement underpins our Strategic Business Plan, which sets out our aim to grow by building at least 600 new homes over the next 5 years for the benefit of people in Plymouth and the surrounding areas, with plans for a further 1,000 homes as part of a longer term sustainable development programme after that.

The final presentation of the day was given by Chair of the Resident Scrutiny Team Joanne Bowden who touched on the report on PCH’s written communications that was delivered to the Customer Focus Committee in February. Since then the team have been working on a review of environmental and landscaping services in communal areas.