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John Giesen retires as B3Living Chief Executive

John Giesen retires as B3Living Chief Executive

John steps down in March after 10 years as Chief Executive.

John Giesen has decided to retire from B3Living and will be leaving next March.  His B3Living Board has reluctantly accepted his decision. John’s decision has been made for the following reasons. Housing associations all face a challenging time and there will not be a quick fix. John recommended that it would be best for B3Living to have a chief executive who would be with B3Living for the whole of that journey and not just the first couple of years. John felt he could not guarantee that he would be with B3Living for the whole of this time and therefore came to this decision after discussion with his Board.

John has been Chief Executive of B3Living since it was created in 2006, when he successfully led the organisation’s delivery of promises made to residents during stock transfer.  He has spent nearly 48 years’ working in both the local authority and housing association sectors; 30 of these working in Broxbourne. John has been committed to supporting residents through training and education, not only to enhance lives, but also to create sustainable tenancies.

The Board will be advertising for a successor to John and will be seeking to ensure that the new Chief Executive is committed to driving both community and individual aspiration and development.

In September John became chair of Placeshapers, however as the board is made up of serving CEOs of member organisations,  John's decision to retire from B3 Living meant that he would no longer be eligible to be a Board Member from March. The Placeshapers Board have therefore decided to appoint Sinead Butters, from Aspire in the West Midlands as Chair with immediate effect. John will however remain on the Board of PlaceShapers until March.