Ongo chief executive Andy Orrey set to step down from the role
Ongo chief executive Andy Orrey has announced his retirement (Image: Richard Walker)
By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 10 Nov 2017
The chief executive of North Lincolnshire's biggest social landlord has announced his retirement.
Andy Orrey has been in the role at the Ongo partnership since 2010 and is set to step down next year.
During Mr Orrey's time as chief executive, he has overseen the organisation's growth from a social housing landlord into a successful housing and community investment group delivering housing, health and employment support to people across North Lincolnshire.
He said: "I believe that every organisation benefits from a new and refreshed leadership every once in a while.
"Whilst I will miss the many staff, tenants and partners I have worked with over the years, I will continue to be proud of the work delivered by them for the benefit of North Lincolnshire communities."
Mr Orrey first joined the organisation as director of finance and deputy chief executive in 2007 when it was established as North Lincolnshire Homes to take on the transfer of homes from North Lincolnshire Council.
The Ongo partnership was formed during his time as chief executive, with North Lincolnshire Homes rebranding as Ongo Homes in 2016.
The group's community investment programme was expanded to take on the Scunthorpe-based Crosby Employment Bureau, to offer employment support, training and recruitment services.
It has also developed a commercial subsidiary, taking on Ashbridge Roofing, Hales & Coultas Heating and Plumbing and setting up Mi Living sales and lettings.
Most recently Ongo has taken on the work of the M25 homelessness service in Doncaster.
David Hilditch, chairman of the Ongo partnership, said: "Andy has led Ongo through a period of great change, growing the business and becoming a real ambassador for social housing and community investment.
Andy Orrey (left) is pictured with Ongo's senior management team of Pete Stones (director of regeneration), Erika Stoddart (director of resources) and Steve Hepworth (deputy chief executive) (Image: Richard Walker)
"Anyone who has worked with Andy knows of his commitment to helping those who most need it and his focus on delivering the very best customer service.
"He is well liked and respected across the sector and I am sure he will continue to be a success in his future ventures."
In addition to his position as chief executive with Ongo, Mr Orrey is also a member of the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership, a board member of the Leeds and Yorkshire Housing Association and most recently, became chairman of the board at Cross Keys Homes, in Peterborough. He plans to continue in these roles.
Ongo is set to advertise the chief executive's position nationally at the end of this month and Mr Orrey will remain in the post until his successor takes over.
Mr Hilditch added: "Ongo has a really exciting future ahead as it invests in its largest development programme yet. The impact we are making in communities continues too.
"Whilst new leadership will inevitably provide us with a fresh outlook, which is healthy for business, we remain committed to building new homes and providing communities with the support and services they need."