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To be a Chief Executive!

On this careers in construction, we are highlighting a leadership role with Sheron Carter, Chief Executive Officer at Habinteg. There is lack of BAME representation at top level management therefore we are happy to share, inspire and provide learning through the eyes of those who have made it to the top.

The role of the Chief Executive is to set, implement and monitor the strategic direction of the organisation. Alongside the Chair of the Board, the Chief Executive is the custodian of the mission. Housing Associations are regulated bodies and as such, must deliver our aims, objectives and intended outcomes for tenants and potential tenants in an effective, transparent and accountable manner.

1. Why did you choose your career path?

I was drawn to housing as it is a tangible way of making people’s lives better. My career started in the mid-80s when there was proven discrimination in the allocation of social housing. I was motivated to make a change. I also love architecture and interior design. I enjoy the process of developing or re-modelling homes

2. What did you study in school/university?

I did the standard curriculum in school and went on to study for a PG Diploma in Housing and a PG Diploma in Public Management

3. What certifications are associated with your career?

Certification is required for some of the technical disciplines like finance, human resources, property development, and asset management. It used to be a requirement to hold a housing qualification but this has become more flexible. Most employers would expect staff at senior levels to be educated to degree level and demonstrate continuous professional development.

4. What advice do you have for someone looking to purse this career path?

There are a range of technical & non-technical roles in social housing with a opportunities to build, repair & maintain. An acute shortage of property development & asset management staff means employers are bringing in graduates to bridge the gap alongside transferable skills in HR, Finance, Marketing and IT. My main advice is to remember that what we do has a profound impact on communities, particularly the most vulnerable. I value people who come to the table to make things better & treat people with dignity & respect.

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