Leading our organisation

Our Executive Leadership Team has overall responsibility for the day-to-day management of our organisation.

Kevin Rodgers

Kevin Rodgers

Chief Executive

Kevin was appointed Chief Executive at Citizen in May 2015. Before that he was the organisation’s Deputy Chief Executive and Group Finance Director having previously worked as a consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

In September 2016 Kevin was elected as the Chair of the West Midlands Housing Association Partnership which was created to provide a single voice for housing associations to engage and support the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) in delivering on an ambitious change programme for housing that will be necessary for it to achieve its social and economic aims.

He is currently a Board Member of North Solihull Partnership and Coventry Local Public Services Board and actively involved with the work of the Local Enterprise Partnerships in Greater Birmingham and Solihull and Coventry and Warwickshire.

I’m proud to be part of Citizen because ….

“We work in the region where I’ve lived my whole life, we employ local people, we balance our investment in new homes and existing communities and we are committed to our social purpose.”

 

Kate Still

Kate Still

Chief Operating Officer

Kate joined Citizen as Chief Operating Officer in 2017 and leads on the delivery of our landlord services to over 30,000 households.

She was previously National Director of Housing at Sanctuary Group where she led housing operations for the 80,000 strong social housing portfolio. Kate comes to the role with extensive experience from across the public, private and third sectors. She was the national policy lead for Social and Enterprise and Enterprise in Deprived Areas for the nine English Regional Development Agencies between 2003 and 2008.

Kate has been chief executive of two private consulting businesses where she specialised in culture change and operational transformation. She is an Economic and Social Research Council Scholar and an alumni of the London School of Economics.

I’m proud to be part of Citizen because…

“We are willing to deal with the elephant in the room, whether that’s tackling internal cultures which can undermine our ability to perform or the hard challenges the sector needs to address in order to grow.”

Stuart Kellas

Stuart Kellas

Chief Financial Officer

Stuart joined Citizen as Chief Financial Officer in June 2015.

Prior to joining the organisation Stuart had previously worked for a number of West Midlands Metropolitan Councils in a variety of positions most recently in executive roles responsible for finance and corporate services.

During 2017 Stuart led on a major restructuring of our debt portfolio which resulted in our successful £280m public bond issue in October 2017. Stuart is currently the Chair of the West Midlands National Housing Federation Finance Forum.

I’m proud to be part of Citizen because…

“We are willing to make the right decisions. We take our social purpose extremely seriously and sometimes that means making decisions which are tricky financially, but are simply the right thing to do. We’re not afraid of those decisions.”

Nick Byrne

Nick Byrne

Executive Director of Development

Nick is our Executive Director of Development and has been in post since September 2017.

Nick joined Citizen in June 2016 as Director of Development and Procurement. He is responsible for our ambitious development programme; aiming to provide a mixed-tenure programme of 650 homes a year for affordable rent, shared ownership and market sale.

Nick’s other responsibilities at Citizen include our sales function and delivery of two of the region’s largest regeneration projects; in North Solihull and North East Coventry. Prior to Citizen, Nick worked for some of the largest housing associations in the Midlands including Midland Heart, Waterloo and Orbit. He is a member of both the RICS and the CIOB.

I am proud to be part of Citizen because…

“Our mission and social purpose. We have a desire to provide innovative services that put our customers at the heart of our work and set us aside from the pack.”

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