Stonewater set to make waves in social housing market

The new housing association Stonewater has come into being as one of the UK’s most significant social housing providers.

Formed by the merger of Jephson and Raglan, Stonewater has around £160 million in turnover, £1.6 billion in assets, and manages around 31,000 homes across England.

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) gave its go ahead to the merger in September; and HCA and Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) approval to Jephson, Marches and Raglan Rule changes were finalised for the merger to take effect from 31 December 2014.

George Blunden, Chair of Stonewater’s Board said: “Everyone has worked incredibly hard to establish the new organisation and we’re now focused on working towards our goal - which is for everyone to have the opportunity to have a place they can call home, particularly those who may be disadvantaged or vulnerable and whose needs are not met by the open market.

“With the ever-growing need for affordable housing, Stonewater will deliver meaningful benefits for residents, employees, the business and our partners. I’m delighted and proud that one of our first achievements will be leading one of the UK’s largest development programmes which will provide more than 7,000 new affordable homes over the next ten years.”

Bob Strachan, Stonewater CEO said: “We have a tremendous opportunity ahead of us and will be focusing on continuing to deliver excellent customer service while making a steady transformation in our operations to achieve our ambitious goals.”

Notes to News Desks:

The intention to merge Jephson and Raglan was announced in autumn 2013, following exploratory talks that summer. Merger work progressed throughout 2014, including developing a Business Case for the HCA, showing the new, merged organisation had the strength and capacity to deliver its ambitious plans.

The Stonewater Leadership Team is:

  • Bob Strachan, Chief Executive
  • Nicholas Harris, Deputy Chief Executive
  • David Blower, Executive Director - Corporate Services
  • John Bruton, Executive Director - Finance
  • Sue Shirt, Executive Director - West Division
  • Scott Baxendale, Executive Director - South Division
  • Stuart Shore, Executive Director - East and North Division
  • Martin Ward, Executive Director – Assets
  • Richard Stevenson, Executive Director – Development
  • David Jefferson, Executive Director - Change Programme

For more information contact:

Stonewater Chair George Blunden is available for interview.
Please contact Denice Currie 07767 241 579 if you would like to arrange an interview.

About Stonewater

Stonewater is one of the UK’s most significant social housing providers, with around 31,000 homes under management and £1.6 billion in assets. We also have a significant development programme to help address the rising demand for housing.

We operate in three Divisions across England, structured as follows:

  • East and North Division, managing 8,600 homes
  • South Division managing, 13,700 homes
  • West Division managing, 8,600 homes

We offer good quality, affordable housing to people whose needs are not met on the open market.

We also provide additional support services to residents, such as financial assistance and free skills training. Our sheltered and supported schemes help older or vulnerable people to live independently and we also offer Foyer and Women’s Refuge accommodation.

Our values are built around being ethical, ambitious, passionate, agile and commercial.

Stonewater’s annual turnover is around £160 million and we have robust and well managed finances supported by an Aa2 Moody’s Investors Credit Rating.

Our Vision is simple: for everyone to have the opportunity to have a place they can call home.

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