HELEN Jagger, the chief executive of Barnsley’s Berneslai Homes, has announced she is to retire in August.
Jagger (pictured with chair, Paul Hayes) joined the organisation, which manages around 18,500 council-owned properties, in 2007 after serving two years as chief executive of Leeds South Homes.
All told, her career in local government has spanned 39 years, working in London and Leeds before to Barnsley.
“I’m immensely proud of what Berneslai Homes has achieved providing consistently high-quality services, which are appreciated by our customers who always give us great feedback,” Jagger said.
“We have an amazing team of staff, they always go the extra mile and always do the right thing, their values and approach impress me every day. It has been a huge privilege to be part of this journey and to see the difference we make to people’s lives and the communities within Barnsley, I’ve become very attached to the place.
“The decision to retire was a difficult one, it’s one you think long and hard about but it is the right time for me personally. Berneslai Homes are a key part of the Barnsley ‘family’ and I have every confidence that the new chief executive will continue this legacy and contribute to its excellent work, success and achievements.”
Paul Hayes, chair of the board, said: “Helen’s approach has always been about providing quality services to our customers and she’s done that with integrity , strategic vision and direction. Helen lives and breathes our values and set the direction of travel for our culture from the start and her leadership skills are such that she always gets the best out of people.”
Leader of Barnsley Council, Councillor Sir Steve Houghton CBE, said: “Helen’s leadership of Berneslai Homes put council housing in Barnsley on the map, I know that Helen has transformed our approach to housing services and when I speak to other people around the country, they always say Berneslai Homes is a national exemplar of good practice. So my thanks to Helen for all she has done and I wish her well in her retirement and the council look forward to working with her successor.”
The organisation says it will begin recruiting Jagger’s successor shortly.