Clanmil Chief Executive to retire after over 30 years at the Top
24 February 2021
Clanmil Housing Group Chief Executive, Clare McCarty has announced her plans to retire at the end of 2021. This comes at a time when the organisation is preparing for continued growth and is about to launch an ambitious 5-year strategic plan that will see it deliver more much-needed new homes, services and support.
Clare was appointed Chief Executive of Clanmil Housing, then known as Royal British Legion Housing Association, in 1984. Under her leadership the organisation has grown to become one of Northern Ireland's leading housing associations, now providing almost 5,500 homes for over 10,000 people, with an annual turnover of £38M and employing more than 300 people.
When responsibility for building new social housing in Northern Ireland passed to registered housing associations in 2002, Clare led a major transformation from being a provider of sheltered housing to a major residential developer, involving multi-million-pound investment in the construction of hundreds of homes each year for families, as well as specialist housing for people in later life and for those who need extra support.
Last year Clanmil was responsible for almost 20% of new social homes built across Northern Ireland and in the past three years has delivered 1,000 new homes involving an investment of over £125M.
Under Clare's leadership, through its new homes development programme Clanmil has also played a key role in promoting shared neighbourhoods as a route to a more shared society in line with the Northern Ireland Executive's Together: Building a United Community and Housing for All strategies.
Clare also managed the successful mergers of Clanmil with Dungannon and District Housing Association in 2011 and Hearth Housing Association in 2016.
Through Clare's vision, the derelict historic Northern Whig building in Waring Street was transformed into a modern headquarters for Clanmil in 1999, helping pave the way for the redevelopment of the Cathedral Quarter area.
Over the past year Clare has headed up Clanmil's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring that the people who live in the homes it provides continue to receive essential services and support at a time when they need them most.
In 2007, Clare was awarded an OBE for services to social housing in Northern Ireland. In 2004, she was elected the first female Chair of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in Northern Ireland and served as Northern Ireland Chair of the Chartered Institute of Housing from 2001 to 2003.
Joy Scott, Group Chair at Clanmil, said:
"Our highly respected and much-loved Group Chief Executive Clare has announced her planned retirement. After a lifetime committed to providing homes to those in greatest need, Clare is stepping back from the daily routine of work and will be very much missed by the Board and all her colleagues, friends and many of our residents.
"Under Clare's leadership the Group has developed and grown into an innovative, contemporary and aspiring organisation on a sound financial footing with an appetite to face the challenges and opportunities in the aftermath of the pandemic and in the future.
"The Board are now starting the process to seek a successor and Clare has expressed her desire to assist in ensuring a smooth transition in the coming months. We are all grateful for Clare's commitment, dedication and service over so many years and we wish her a long, active and happy retirement."
A Fundamental Review of Social Housing Allocations
The Department for Communities has published the outcome of its consultation on a fundamental review of social housing allocations carried out in 2017.
The report presents a series of actions that will now be taken forward by the Department, working with the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, to implement 18 of the 20 proposals consulted on.
Read the full report
Read an "easy read" version of the report
Read a summary of the findings
NEW LIFE FOR CITY CENTRE BUILDING
06 January 2021
Work has started on the redevelopment of a derelict building in Waterloo Street in Derry City Centre to create 19 much needed new homes for people on the housing waiting list.
The £2.7m regeneration project by Clanmil Housing Group will see the building renovated to provide 19 modern apartments for active older people. The project is being funded by Clanmil with the assistance of grant support from the Department for Communities via the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.
(L-R) Clanmil Senior Housing Officer, Caroline Mc Williams with Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Brian Tierney at Waterloo Street in Derry City Centre
The construction contract has been awarded to local builders AMS Ltd and the 1 and 2 bedroom apartments have been designed by Gravity Architects to the Lifetime Homes and Secured by Design standards, which ensure added security and flexibility of adaptation if required at a later date.
The regeneration project will breathe new life into the building, formerly used as office accommodation, which has been derelict for a number of years. When complete it will provide modern, city centre living, combining a convenient location with excellent design to provide homes that are ideally suited to people over 55.
The existing ground floor retail units will be retained and the current occupiers Rockets and Paolo's Pizza will continue to operate as normal throughout the construction period.
Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Brian Tierney, said:
"I am pleased to welcome the investment by Clanmil in providing quality residential accommodation within the heart of Derry City Centre. The creation of 19 modern apartments targeted at the over 55 age category will also contribute to creating a more mixed residential offering in the City Centre, and help to further promote the benefits of city centre living in terms of convenience and ease of access to shops, services as well as our network of greenways and parks. I congratulate Clanmil and its partners in bringing forward this exciting development for our City Centre."
Carol McTaggart, Group Director of Development at Clanmil, said:
"I am delighted that work has started on bringing this city centre building back into use providing homes for people who need them. We hope that with their carefully considered modern design, the apartments will be a wonderful addition to Derry City Centre.
"We appreciate how closely local political representatives have worked with us to get the project to this stage and we are really looking forward to welcoming people to their new homes here in Waterloo Street in Autumn 2022."
More New Homes for Glenbryn Park
09 December 2020
Work has started on the construction of twelve much needed new family homes at Glenbryn Park in North Belfast.
Clanmil already provides 12 houses in Glenbryn Park, completed in 2017, and these additional new homes are scheduled to be ready for handover to families who need them in Spring/Summer 2022.
(L-R) Clanmil's Andrew Corkhill, William Humphrey MLA, Ronnie Black and William Seenan from the Concerned residents of Upper Ardoyne.
The construction contract has been awarded to Magherafelt based M J McBride Ltd and the eleven three-bedroom semi-detached houses and one three-bedroom bungalow have been designed by Doherty Architects to the Lifetime Homes and Secured by Design standards, which ensure added security and flexibility of adaptation if required at a later date.
Clanmil Housing will fund the £1.6 million development with the assistance of grant support from the Department for Communities via the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.
Welcoming the new development, William Humphrey MLA said:
"I am pleased to see the next phase of social housing underway in Glenbryn. My colleague, Cllr. Dale Pankhurst and I have been working with CRUA, in lobbying for this much needed housing in the area. This significant investment by Clanmil Housing Association is most welcome. These new three bed properties will provide high quality family housing for upper Ardoyne. I have no doubt that the scheme will be a real boost to the community and importantly help retain and attract families."
Ronnie Black of Concerned residents of Upper Ardoyne joined Mr Humphrey and Clanmil's Andrew Corkill on site. He said:
"Concerned residents of Upper Ardoyne are excited to welcome the new families who will be moving into their new homes here. We're thrilled that work is starting and that our community will be growing bigger and stronger."
Andrew Corkill, Clanmil's Development and Construction Manager, said: "At Clanmil we believe that everyone should have a good home and we are delighted to see work starting here at Glenbryn Park. These houses will bring the number of homes we provide in North Belfast to 820. We are keen to build more and would love to hear from anyone who has, or knows of, a potential development site that could help us deliver more new homes where they are needed.
"We are really looking forward to welcoming new families to Glenbryn Park in 2022 and we are very grateful to the local community and their political representatives who have worked with us to bring the project to this stage."
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