After three years leading NHS children’s service across the County from 2013 Russell is now employed by University Hospital of Morecambe Bay as Associate Director of Operations for Core Clinical Services in South Cumbria and North Lancashire. He has been involved in the dream of ‘The Foyer’ from the start, securing the initial purchase investment, and continues to value his role as Trustee/Director.
The Centre supports and encourages the development of leadership capability in education, employment and the community. Living and working back in Cumbria she is delighted to be able to support the development of Cumbria’s leaders of today and tomorrow, “It is a real privilege to do more of the work I love in Cumbria, the place I grew up, where my friends and family work and my own children are starting out on their own careers.Supporting The Whitehaven Foyer as a trustee is an honour and I intend to put my knowledge of local learning and development opportunities to good use.”
Andrea has over 30 years’ experience in the social housing sector and 12 years’ experience in senior leadership roles with operational leadership experience of customer contact services, income management, housing management, neighbourhood management, repairs & maintenance, regeneration, community development, leasehold and supported housing.
As well as extensive experience of partnership working, Andrea also has experience of leading all business support functions to ensure integrated systems and processes that deliver high quality services to customers.
He has a vast range of experience in housing and homelessness, but areas of particular interest for Lee include; rental income management, customer involvement, co-production and ensuring that the vice of lived experience is heard, Equality Inclusion & Diversity, Organisational Development and culture, the use of positive psychological approaches both in customer engagement and in leadership practices, and Housing First and its application to a UK context.
In his current role, he is responsible for the strategic development and delivery of all of Riverside’s Care and Support services, including Housing Management. This includes; 10,000 units of accommodation, 13,500 customers, 1,200 colleagues, and a turnover of £110,000,000.
As well as his role as Director of Operations, Lee is the Group Veteran’s Lead and is active in the national discussion on veteran homelessness.