Simone Russell is a highly experienced social housing professional, with 15 years’ executive level and non-executive experience within the Local Government, ALMO, Housing Association, LATCo and charity sectors. Simone is passionate about delivering high quality, legally compliant services for tenants and brings a creative, practical approach to her projects to help organisations achieve this. Simone is experienced in business transformation and change management, having led on numerous projects, from single service to whole organisation change. Simone is an authority on housing regulation and has helped many organisations achieve compliance, including liaising on the landlord’s behalf with the Regulator of Social Housing and successfully leading organisations through regulatory inspections. To help councils achieve compliance against the new regulatory framework, Simone has developed an approach tailored to local authorities, to help them become ‘Regulation Ready’. Simone has considerable strategic and operational experience in the areas of customer service, repairs and maintenance, housing management, equality diversity and inclusion. Simone has also led on the wind-up of an ALMO and co-ordinated the full process, from initial tenant consultation, through to seamless re-integration back into the local authority. Simone is able to easily move between strategic and operational management to help landlords sort out operational issues, deliver improvement and achieve staff buy-in. Simone is highly regarded in the housing sector and has a with a wide network. Simone has been involved in many partnerships including Chair of the Chartered Institute of Housing Eastern Region Board, co-creator of the national staff mentoring programme now run by the Housing Diversity Network and former Executive Board Member for the Association of Retained Council Housing. Simone was also lead officer for the Hertfordshire Growth Board sub-group for accelerating housing delivery. Simone has a number of published articles on housing and has presented at many local and national conferences.
Social Housing operations and strategy, Housing management and repairs, Partnerships, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Regulatory Compliance
Public Sector Experience
15 years +
Cambridgeshire, East of England
Uttlesford District Council
Leadership, change management, creative problem solving, partnerships and collaboration, achieving staff and stakeholder buy-in