THE new group chief executive at ForViva Group has vowed the organisation will continue to be a “force for good”.
Colette McKune, who was awarded an MBE in 2015, was previously the Manchester-based group’s deputy chief executive.
“We believe in a better way to do business,” she said. “One that gives back and does great things by focusing on positive outcomes and using profits for good.
“I am incredibly proud to take over the role and committed to our core values of passion, openness, respect and trust. As we grow, we will do all we can to bring an end to inequality both in the workplace and wider society.”
An equal rights campaigner, having fought against discrimination during her own career, McKune says that she is determined to continue ForViva’s tradition of continuously improving its approach to inclusion and diversity.
“As a Group, we have a duty to create an inclusive and supportive working environment,” she added. “This is very personal to me — as a woman I have rallied against bias and sexism in previous roles. My vision is that no one ever experiences humiliation, barriers or exclusion at ForViva.”
Homelessness is another big issue she is determined to see tackled, and as she takes the helm at ForViva, said she wants to deliver “meaningful change to the way homelessness services are run”.
“Homelessness has become a significant issue across the UK,” McKune added. “It is something I truly care about. Everyone deserves a safe place to call home. It is the foundation of a better future. I firmly believe that, by working together, housing providers and local authority partners can help to tackle one of the greatest challenges faced by our society.”
McKune joined City West Housing Trust in 2008 as director of asset management, later becoming the organisation’s deputy chief executive. She became deputy chief executive of ForViva Group in 2015. Group members include 24,000-home social landlord ForHousing and national property services business Liberty.