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Ian has been with Community Housing for 17 years but feeIs "it is now time for me to leave the organisation and find a new challenge in work and to focus on the many things I want to do in my personal life"

Ian led the development and modernisation of Property Services into Oakleaf Commercial Services which became a well-regarded commercial business operating throughout the West Midlands, creating employment opportunities for the people of Wyre Forest.

He was keen to champion young people and help them gain a start in the industry "I leave feeling particularly proud of the apprenticeship programme and seeing so many young people flourishing in their chosen field and others developing their careers into management positions"

Ian also spent the last 2 years covering the Housing and Communities Directorate, leading the service through the challenges of the covid pandemic.

He acknowledged and thanked colleagues and Board Members for their support throughout his time with Community Housing and commented that "the recent restructuring throughout the organisation has laid the foundations to develop even better services for customers"