Posted: 14/06/2019

Social purpose group ForViva has appointed Colette McKune MBE as its new Group Chief Executive.

The Group reinvests all of its profits in activities and initiatives that have a positive impact on people. This includes projects aimed at preventing homelessness, improving health, wellbeing and creating new job opportunities.

ForViva group members include 24,000-home social landlord ForHousing and national property services business Liberty.

Colette, who was awarded an MBE in 2015 for services to the community, said that ForViva would continue to act as a “force for good” that would challenge inequalities, promote diversity and make a difference to people’s lives.

She said: “We believe in a better way to do business. One that gives back and does great things by focusing on positive outcomes and using profits for good.

“I am incredibly proud to take over the role and committed to our core values of passion, openness, respect and trust.

“As we grow, we will do all we can to bring an end to inequality both in the workplace and wider society.”

An equal rights campaigner, having fought against discrimination during her own career, Colette says that she is determined to continue ForViva’s tradition of continuously improving its approach to inclusion and diversity.

“As a Group, we have a duty to create an inclusive and supportive working environment,” she said. “This is very personal to me - as a woman I have rallied against bias and sexism in previous roles.

“My vision is that no one ever experiences humiliation, barriers or exclusion at ForViva.”

Colette added that said she wanted to deliver “meaningful change to the way homelessness services are run”.

“Homelessness has become a significant issue across the UK,” she said. “It is something I truly care about. Everyone deserves a safe place to call home. It is the foundation of a better future.

“I firmly believe that, by working together, housing providers and local authority partners can help to tackle one of the greatest challenges faced by our society.”

Colette joined City West Housing Trust in 2008 as Director of Asset Management and became the organisation’s Deputy Chief Executive. In 2015 she became Group Deputy Chief Executive of ForViva.

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