Long-standing CEO retires

Tony Hall has announced he will step down after almost 14 years with Freebridge Housing.


After almost 14 years at the helm, Freebridge Community Housing has announced that CEO Tony Hall will be stepping down.

Tony, who led the setting up of Freebridge in April 2006, plans to step down in autumn this year.

He was previously director of community with Harlow borough council and oversaw the transfer of almost 7,000 homes to the newly established Freebridge in April 2006.

Since then, the organisation is said to have made an impact through activities such as the decent homes improvement programme, the regeneration of Hillington Square, taking over the ownership and management of Providence Street Community Centre and the Discovery Centre, and developing new homes.

Andy Walder, chair of Freebridge, said: “On behalf of the board, I would like to express my sincere thanks to Tony for everything he has achieved for the organisation over the last 14 years.

“It has been a pleasure to work with him, and he will be greatly missed. We look forward to beginning the search for our next chief executive.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for someone to make a real difference in West Norfolk and deliver our strategic goals.”

On his retirement, Tony said: “After 14 years, I feel that I have completed the work I originally set out to do at Freebridge.

“Being chief executive, working with a great team of people, making a difference in our communities, has been the greatest professional joy of my life.

“I will be leaving a great organisation, with a strong board and leadership team and a committed, professional group of employees who are working hard to deliver great services for our customers and communities.”

Recruitment will begin shortly for Tony’s replacement, and it is hoped that the new CEO will be announced later this spring.

Pictured: Andy Walker (left), Chair of Freebridge; and Tony Hall (right), CEO of Freebridge Community Housing.