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Adullam CEO to retire

Adullam CEO to retire

Thirty-one years after first joining Adullam Homes Housing Association, Chief Executive Officer Trevor Palfreyman has decided to take early retirement in April 2020.

His career has seen him involved in the development of schemes in locations across the West and East Midlands and the North West, including Birmingham, Nottingham, Cheshire, Salford and Liverpool, to name but a few.

During his time with Adullam, Trevor has been instrumental in expanding the range and location of properties, in developing ground-breaking schemes such as for people living with HIV/AIDS, substance recovery schemes and accommodation for people fleeing domestic violence, as well as projects to help residents gain employment skills. He has led the organisation to gain several awards, including Investor in People (Silver).

Trevor developed a taste for working in housing services while studying for his degree, which included a year on placement in Sparkbrook with Birmingham Friendship Housing Association.

His first job was with Parklands Housing Society, now Accord, in housing management.

He then joined Adullam - which provides specialist accommodation and services throughout the Midlands, North West, and in Wales and South Yorkshire, to support more than 1,000 people at any one time - in summer 1989.

Keen to continue to develop his skills, Trevor successfully completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Housing Studies. He left Adullam in 1991 to join Waterloo Housing Association at a time of significant organic growth as Senior Development Officer and worked at Waterloo for just short of 12 years. It was in July 2003 that he took the opportunity to re-join Adullam, as CEO.

Asked what he is most proud of achieving, Trevor selects work at Adullam that has involved both residents and staff.

“In the very early 1990s Adullam was trailblazing and developed the first accommodation in the West Midlands for people living with HIV and AIDS,” he says. “There’s also been significant and sustained opportunities to grow and develop work with young people leaving care. It’s wonderful to hear stories that people have learned to read whilst at Adullam, or people have gained the knowledge of how to cook and prepare food or manage a tenancy, all are great life skills.”

“There has also been the development of the matt25 programme, that saw residents have the opportunity to gain employability skills and get jobs. I really enjoyed developing the Values and Behaviours work with the Board, residents and staff too,” he says,

“The work around integrity has been really powerful, ‘doing the right thing when no one is looking’ is such a great description of the work. I’m incredibly proud of the work that prevents homelessness and saves lives every day. Walter Moore, our founder and his faith and trust in God, inspires us every day with his words and dedication, it was a real privilege to get Walter’s story republished and to have our registered office named after him, I hope that the work that we do is a real blessing to others.”

Chairman of Adullam Homes Association Board Chris Green says: “What Trevor has achieved during his time with Adullam is outstanding; he has successfully headed up an organisation which works with private rental agencies, local authorities and other registered providers to deliver accommodation and support services that transform people’s lives.

“He is a very caring, capable man and everyone at Adullam will miss him very much.”

Recruitment of a replacement CEO is underway with interviews taking place this month. (March)