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Social housing firms see interim management rise

26 November 2009

The increasing demands placed upon the public sector's social housing departments have led to a rise in interim managers.

Charlotte Baker, partner at Odgers Berndtson Interim, suggested to the Guardian that interim management specialists are mostly recruited to the sector to manage projects stricken by organisational difficulty.

Presently, there are around 1.7 million households on waiting lists in England - a figure that the recession could increase further - which is placing enormous pressure on the sector's leadership structures.

Odgers Berndtson surveyed 13 housing associations in the UK in 2008 on the leadership competencies in the industry, discovering that demand for those with commercial skills is high. Ms Baker told the Guardian: "Most interim executives in housing associations have been hired to manage projects and gaps due to organisational difficulty or restructure, often these days as a direct result of the challenging economic climate."

Earlier this week, Paul Botting, managing director of Odgers Berndtson's Commercial Sector Interim Practice, claimed that the UK's public sector has embraced interim management.

Categories: Public Sector


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