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An Important Update. By Simon Warde.

Dear Ambassadors,

You will likely now be aware not only of the positive change the SHWP (Social Housing White Paper) will introduce to our tenants and leaseholders, but also the necessity for OCC (Oxford City Council) to embrace it and ensure that compliance is achieved.

To ensure the SHWP receives the focus that is very much needed, I am to be seconded into a specific post for these very reasons.

For this to occur my secondment post will need to work very closely with multiple teams/services across the council, not only to instill a wider understanding/awareness of the SHWP, but also agree the necessary objectives, as well as the actions and solutions that will follow. As part of this I will make sure that OCC have clearly defined time scales/targets, record/monitor our progress and to then understandably report on this.

As you can appreciate, this is both a very sizeable and exciting project. Tenant Involvement is such a key part of the SHWP and is a common theme throughout it, so I will continue to work with Tenant Involvement. As Ambassadors, your ongoing commitment will play a key part in this process as we move forward.

The secondment is till the end of this year, although I’m unable to confirm the official start date at this point in time. Bill Graves will remain the direct line manager for my secondment post.

My current post will be backfilled for this period and advertised on the OCC website for people to apply.

I will keep you informed and confirm the official start date once known, and update you on how my backfill is progressing.

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I am so pleased for you Simon. I have seen many changes in Tenant Involvement since I started. People have come and gone from the team - both staff, tenants and leaseholders. There have been highs (like getting TPAS accreditation) and lows (fto your blog telling us of your new challenges when you get the chance.unerals attended), but TI has come through with your leadership.

So now you start a new challenge and go with many good wishes. It is good to know you will be somewhat of a yo-yo and that we will be having contact with you. Look forward to reading your blog and hearing of the challenges you face.

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Sorry about the typing gobbledegook! Should read in the third sentence....and lows(funerals attended) [without all the your blog....the chance]!


These are big shoes to fill Sir.

I have seen over the past 3 years, this team grow, develop and become clearer in focus form and direction. Frankly the next person has a lot to live up to.

There is no doubting you will push through compliance for the Social Housing White Paper and ensure that Team TI leads the way in that quiet, diplomatic but firm manner that is so aspirational for leadership.

Change can be a really positive thing and 2022 is heading to be a corker!

Anyway enough of the compliments- need to sort out these review groups and keep the motivation going regardless of next plans/actions! Gotta keep the new Boss happy....


Congratulations 🎉👏 Simon on this worthy secondment. It is good to know we won't be losing you completely and I know your email address anyways!!! 😂

They have chosen the right guy for the position and am sure whoever it is who steps in to cover your role will be a worthy candidate and continue the good work you and the whole team have done in supporting us in making our contributions and assisting in the changes and steps that we have made collectively.

I will watch with interest your new role when it starts and how the position develops for you as well as your back filler in your absence.

Congrats again Sir on your pending secondment 🙂👏👏👏👏👏🙂

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Morning Dave,

Thank you for for the very kind remarks and yes I will still be connected with Tenant Involvement.

And you all very much support us and are fundamental to what is achieved.

Updates to follow.

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