Southern Housing Group announces retirement of Group Chief Executive, Tom Dacey
Tom Dacey, Southern Housing Group’s Chief Executive of 23 years, has announced that he is planning to retire in August of this year. The announcement follows a record year for the Group with ambitious plans well underway for building 2500 new homes across the south of England by 2020.
Tom Dacey said, “I have enjoyed my 47 years in the housing association sector, and had the good fortune to work for some exceptional organisations, not least my current employer. It has been a privilege and an honour to lead the Group for 23 years and I have every confidence that I am leaving it in good hands and in great shape. I’d like to say thank you to everyone who has made a contribution to the success of the Group. As with all accomplishments it’s about teamwork and dedication and I’ve been fortunate to witness some great examples of both over the years. I will continue to take an active interest in the Group and the sector and keep busy with non-executive roles in the housing sector.”
Arthur Merchant, Chair of the Group’s Board said, “Tom has been an exceptional chief executive and he will be greatly missed by colleagues and the Group’s Board and Committee members alike. Tom’s contribution to the sector and the success of the Group is enormous and we wish him a long and happy retirement.”
The Group is underway with the exercise of its formal succession plan and Tom Dacey will continue in post until a successor is appointed. The plan is to have made that appointment by the end of August this year.
Tom Dacey - a life in housing
Tom Dacey was born in 1953. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing, a member of the Institute of Management, former Chair of the g15 group of London's largest housing associations and current Chief Executive of Southern Housing Group.
Tom Dacey has committed his working life to the provision and betterment of housing for those in need.
He began his career in 1971 as a trainee housing manager for Merseyside Improved Houses. He went on to work at Liverpool Housing Trust and in 1984 joined West Pennine Housing Association where he was Group Chief Executive until 1995. He joined Samuel Lewis Trust (now Southern Housing Group) as Chief Executive in 1995 at 42 years old.
For the last 23 years he has led Southern Housing Group on its journey to become one the largest housing associations in London, the South East and the Isle of Wight. The Group provides almost 30,000 homes for those in need. Tom has led the Group through a series of successful mergers to extend the Group’s work from being principally London-based across to the Isle of Wight and into the Thames Valley. He has also overseen the substantial regeneration of a number of the Group’s original estates and homes dating from 1901.
Tom has been chair of the g15, a group of the largest housing associations in London. In 2016, Tom became Chair of the City of Westminster; Church Street Futures Group (CSFG), the principal line of communication between Westminster City Council and the communities of Church Street ward impacted by the planned regeneration of the area.
Tom’s experience has been recognised by the sector’s regulatory body, Homes England, when Tom has been asked to be a statutory appointee on the boards of several housing associations identified by the regulator as being in difficulty or in need of guidance.
After retirement, Tom plans to continue in various non-executive roles.
The Group’s succession planning recruitment process is being led by Arthur Merchant (Board Chair), Carol Rosati (Chair of R&N Committee) and Robert Clark (Chair of the Group Development Committee).