After 14 years at Stonewall Housing, the CEO Bob Green O.B.E. has announced that he will be leaving the organization at the end of 2019.
Helen Randall Chair of Stonewall Housing said: “Bob’s unwavering dedication to Stonewall Housing has changed (and sometimes even saved) the lives of many thousands of vulnerable and homeless LGBT+ people.
I’d like to pay tribute to Bob’s vision and steadfastness which has steered the organization through austere times and his strong collaborative skills which has inspired many of our partners.”
Bob reflects on his time working in the only housing association dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT+) people of all ages: “Being Stonewall Housing’s CEO has been the most rewarding job of my life. It has been a delight to work with staff, trustees, volunteers and service users through the years. I am proud that more homeless LGBT+ people have found somewhere safe to live and begin to achieve their full potential, while I am heartbroken that too many young and older LGBT+ people have died without realising their dreams.
Since 2005, I have had the pleasure of working with some wonderful people in a wide range of LGBT+ community groups, charities, housing associations, councils and government agencies as we partnered to deliver services and share learning.
Receiving the OBE in 2017 was [another] highlight because it recognised the amount of work put in by our committed and passionate band of staff, volunteers and trustees. The activism of other community members has also been inspirational and it has been exciting to be part of new ventures such as the new LGBT+ emergency shelter in the old Clerkenwell Fire Station.
Despite the legal advances since I started, the fight for equality is far from over. LGBT+ people continue to experience hate crime and domestic abuse. We still face discrimination. Many are struggling to make ends meet in unaffordable housing and some find it difficult to access Stonewall Housing’s supported housing because of local connection rules.
As we approach a new decade, I appeal for more commissioners, individuals and businesses to support Stonewall Housing so it can provide more housing where all diverse communities within the LGBT+ family can be safe and celebrate our identities.”
Helen Randall says: “Bob will leave with the knowledge that his leadership has helped bring the issue of LGBT+ homelessness onto today’s agenda and that there is now an exciting opportunity for a strong and innovative leader to grow this Specialist organization into its next phase.
All board members and staff extend our heartfelt thanks to Bob for what he has done and warmly wish him the best for his future.”