Geraldine Howley

Incommunities Group Chief Executive, Geraldine Howley attended Bradford College in 1977 to
complete an A Level course.

Geraldine Howley Despite spending only a short time completing the course at the college it had an important part to play in her career in housing.

“I really enjoyed my time at Bradford College and I like to think it contributed to my early career. It certainly helped me get on the ladder to achieve further qualifications. “I joined Bradford Council as a housing receptionist in 1977 and from there moved up the career ladder becoming the authority’s City Housing Officer in 1997 and then taking over as Director of Housing.

In 2003, I was delighted to be appointed the Chief Executive of Bradford Community Housing Trust Group – the new organisation set up to take over the Council’s 24,000 homes in one of the country’s biggest stock transfers.

Over the last five years, I’m proud to have overseen a £175 million improvement programme to thousands of tenants’ homes to bring them up to the Bradford Standard – a level in excess of the Government’s Decent Homes Standard. The
organisation has also made significant service improvements.

In June 2008, BCHT was renamed and rebranded ‘Incommunities’ to reflect the organisation is changing and is no longer just a social housing landlord but provides a breadth of other important local services. It is very important to me we put communities and people at the heart of everything we do and this is why we chose ‘Incommunities’ as our new name.

I am also proud to hold a number of key local positions including being Chair of Bradford Housing Partnership, being a Local Strategic Partnership Board Member and a member of Bradford Property Forum.

Academically, I have a BA Hons in Housing, I’m a fully qualified professional MRICS Chartered Surveyor and hold the Chartered Institute of Housing professional qualification.

As a born and bred Bradfordian I’m passionate about the district and believe Bradford College is not just an important centre of learning but a centre of the whole community.”

Photograph supplied by Incommunities