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Rentplus Programme Manager, Julie Abbey-Taylor is changing roles in the organisation.
Julie joined Rentplus in 2020 as Programme Manager. With 35 years’ experience of working in the social housing sector, covering homelessness, allocations, housing management, sheltered and supported housing roles, and as a Chartered Member of the Institute of Housing, Julie has worked for five local authorities, a national charity and a housing association. For the past 14 years her work has focused on the strategic housing and delivery role and she has a wealth of experience in delivering through S106 agreements. Her previous post was as Strategic Housing Team Manager for two councils in Suffolk.
Steve Collins, Rentplus Chief Executive, welcomed her to her new role. “Julie has made a significant difference to the Rentplus team and her considerable experience across social housing and in housing allocations in local authorities, will stand her in good stead in her new role as Area Director for the East of England.
“Rentplus is growing at a considerable rate across the country. Our award winning affordable rent to buy model has been proven with the sale of the first Rentplus homes this summer to tenants who moved in – with no deposit – back in 2016. Now, five years later, they are buying 100% of their home, helped by a gifted 10% deposit from Rentplus.
“We already have a presence in the East of England and Julie will help us extend our reach further into the region, giving local people the chance to own their own home.
“She will be working closely with John Walton, our Regional Director for the East of England to bring new schemes to fruition, enabling more of our key workers and other lower and middle income families into homeownership.”
Julie added: “The East of England has an ambitious growth strategy and Rentplus supports the delivery of this. We know that if we are developing new jobs and key industries in the region, we have to provide a way for people to be able to afford to live in the area and not to have to move away in order to live close to their work.
“Having a stake in affordable housing delivery is key for me personally and for everyone at Rentplus, and I look forward to expanding our portfolio in the East.”