5 Feb 2019

Howard Toplis steps down as chief executive

GreenSquare has announced that Howard Toplis, its group chief executive, is leaving the organisation after nearly six years of service in that role.

Robin Bailey, Chair of GreenSquare, said: “GreenSquare has grown and prospered under Howard's leadership. On behalf of the Board, I'd like to recognise his achievements, dedication to the organisation and to the housing sector. Thanks to his efforts, thousands of families can enjoy safe, decent and affordable homes across our operating area. We wish him well as he enters the next stage of his career.”

In response, Howard commented: “I'm proud to have played my part in creating this entrepreneurial and diverse organisation, and thank the Board and staff colleagues and external partners who have worked with me to achieve its success. This is a now a good moment for me to move on, and for GreenSquare to pursue its new corporate plan under new leadership.”

Under Howard's direction, GreenSquare has built a significant number of new homes for sale and for rent, and conducted wide programmes of social investment. Its annual financial turnover is approaching £85m, with profits from trading reinvested to new rented homes.

The GreenSquare Board will announce an interim chief executive shortly, and will be making a permanent recruitment later in the year.