Janette appointed into new Executive Director role

Janette Longstaff, new Executive Director, Finance, at Bernicia

Message from John Johnston, Bernicia Chief Executive:

I am delighted to announce the appointment of Janette Longstaff into the key new role of Executive Director of Finance at Bernicia, as we begin to deliver our £190m investment programme and transform our approach to service delivery.

Janette will bring her wealth of experience, most recently as Bernicia’s Finance Director, to the role which incorporates responsibility for finance, audit and risk and ICT infrastructure, having previously worked across the social housing, manufacturing, service and commercial sectors.

The role of Executive Director of Finance will be pivotal for Bernicia given the ambitious agenda we have set ourselves.

Janette’s drive, skills and expertise will be invaluable as we continue to develop and grow our business.

Working with the Board, I’ve taken the opportunity to review Bernicia’s corporate strategy, which will see us increase the number of new homes provided, continue to modernise and improve services and how these are delivered, and to grow our business for the benefit of the communities within which we operate.

Commenting on her appointment, Janette said: “I’m really excited about the opportunity that John and the Board have given me.

“I feel passionately about our ambitious plans to deliver quality, affordable homes to make a real difference to the quality of life for local people, while meeting the political, economic and social challenges we face.

“I’ll be ensuring that we continue to move forward from a financially strong and viable base, maximising our resources, investing wisely and meeting our social objectives.”

Janette will take up post in the New Year when Mike Axe, Bernicia’s current Executive Director of Resources, steps down from that role.