We welcome Steve Ellard to our Executive Leadership team as Director of Property

We are excited to announce that Steve Ellard is our new Director of Property from July.

Currently Director of Assets and Sustainability at Yorkshire Housing, Steve brings a wealth of knowledge in the sector, beginning in finance and specialising in strategic planning, investment and leading the Maintenance Directorate.

As part of his new role Steve will be part of our Executive Management Team and oversee the delivery of the repairs and maintenance services, and the development and regeneration of all stock and communities.

He replaces Pete Stones who retired earlier this year after over 35 years in the industry.

When asked about the new role, Steve said: “Ongo has an excellent reputation for being both customer focussed and delivering great services. I was keen to be part of their journey and defining the next chapter.”

Recently Steve has taken a leading role in understanding net zero and the challenges and opportunities this brings, making him a great addition in achieving our environmental, sustainability and retrofit aims.

He continued: “I’m excited about getting to grips with our biggest challenges and working with some brilliant colleagues to solve them – therefore delivering even better services to our customers.

“Whether it’s the development of new homes, investment in our existing homes or the day to day repairs service that our customers value so highly – I want Ongo to be delivering excellent services in all of these areas.

“There’s pressure on the sector at present to illustrate that homes are decent and fit for our customers – and rightly so. That’s the least that me, my colleagues and our customers expect, and we’ll be working hard over coming months to achieve this.”

Steve Hepworth, Chief Exec said: “We are delighted to be welcoming Steve as our new Property Director. I believe he will be a real driving force for positive change at a time when we’re facing lots of challenges in the areas he will oversee.

“The interview panel were impressed with Steve’s commitment to delivering excellent services and the tenants who took part in the selection process praised his knowledge and commitment to listening to their views.”