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Victoria Roden is our new Director of People

Victoria Roden will be joining our Senior Leadership Team (SLT) as Director of People on Tuesday 27 September.

Victoria joins us from whg, a Housing Association that provide homes across the Midlands, where she has worked for the last ten years.

In her current role as Assistant Director of People Services, Victoria’s primary focus is to ensure the organisation’s values are upheld through their people. Victoria has led on the development and implementation of a four-year People Strategy and an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan.

Victoria said: “I am really excited to join Citizen. I have already been made to feel really welcome by Gary and the members of SLT and the People Team I have already met. I am looking forward to getting to meet lots of people and learn as much as I can from them about Citizen.

“Working for an organisation with a strong social purpose is really important to me. Citizen has a great reputation for being an ethical organisation, which resonates with my values – doing the right thing. On a personal basis, I feel ready for a new challenge and a change.”

She said: “I can’t quite believe where the time has gone, but I now have over 20 years experience in HR / Organisational Development (OD), spanning a range of sectors. I have worked in all three sectors, private, public and the third sector. I started my HR career with Sainsbury’s back when HR and OD were referred to as Personnel and Training and moved into housing in 2005. Prior to working at whg, I worked in a Human Resources role at Sandwell Homes. Over the years I have seen lots of change, mainly due to the modern tools and technology being available but also in the way in which HR is viewed. It has definitely evolved to be an integral part of any organisation.”

Our Chief Financial Officer Gary Booth said: “Our Director of People role is an exciting and challenging role – from implementing a vision for a truly modern People function to delivering operational and cultural change to ensure colleagues feel valued, skilled, and motivated to help Citizen achieve its business strategy objectives.

“I’m really looking forward to Victoria joining our Senior Leadership Team and working with colleagues right across the business to help Citizen to be an employer of choice.”


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