Chester & District Housing Trust

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PEOPLE MATTER. THOSE are among the first words visitors logging on to Chester and District Housing Trust's website will hear its chief executive John Denny use in a brief video message. And staff at the trust are made to feel that they are important. They like Denny's open and approachable style, awarding the company a positive score of 79% for the Leadership factor, the 15th highest ranking. The chief executive's regular small group sessions, internet blog and encouragement of feedback make employees feel inspired (85%, a score beaten by just six others). In a recent blog, Denny says that the trust's biggest strength is that "as far as possible there is no hierarchy in our organisation or between the customer and ourselves". Workers have great faith in him (87%), and feel he runs the organisation on sound moral principles (85%). It is the fourth year running that the trust has featured in the 100 Best Companies to Work For list and its 27th placing this year — up from 47th in 2010 — is its highest ever ranking. The organisation's 315-strong workforce provides homes for rent and sale and works to deliver sustainable regeneration. It is responsible for more than 14,000 customers in 6,200 properties. Supporting and improving the local community is the core purpose of the trust's work, which includes involvement in a worklessness project and the provision of a team dedicated to combating antisocial behaviour. Chester and District Housing Trust gets an overall score of 69% for the Giving Something Back category, placing it in the top 20 of companies for this factor. cdht.ne

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93% of staff agreed

I feel proud to work for this organisation

The CEO of Chester & District Housing Trust is described as open and approachable, and a charismatic and inspirational leader. He often delivers briefings and encourages feedback and has a regular internet blog. All managers at Chester & District Housing Trust are easily accessible and all offices are open plan.

Leadership

92% of staff agreed

I have a great deal of faith in the person leading this organisation

Chester & District Housing Trust support a community enterprise scheme to refurbish broken electrical goods. They have supplied a house to a local charity as a demonstration house of simple methods to save energy and reduce CO2 emissions. They use this to involve local residents in environmental projects. They have also installed solar panels to rural homes that are isolated from the national gas supply. All new homes that are built are designed to meet very high environmental standards. The support and improvement of the communities in which they operate is a fundamental commitment of the business.

My Team

87% of staff agreed

People in my team go out of their way to help me

The CEO of Chester & District Housing Trust is described as open and approachable, and a charismatic and inspirational leader. He often delivers briefings and encourages feedback and has a regular internet blog. All managers at Chester & District Housing Trust are easily accessible and all offices are open plan.

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Employees earning £35k+
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