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Osprey Housing CEO Glenn Adcook to retire after 47-year career


By Jonathan Clark

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OSPREY Housing Group chief executive Glenn Adcook is set to retire after a career spanning almost 50 years.

Mr Adcook, originally from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, joined Osprey – a registered social landlord operating across the north-east of Scotland – in 2011, becoming CEO in 2017. He will step down by the end of 2021.

Glenn has led Osprey through a period of business growth and was recently responsible for a successful group restructure, bringing together Osprey Housing and Osprey Housing Moray to create a single entity landlord.

Glenn Adcook, Osprey Housing's CEO, is set to retire this year.
Glenn Adcook, Osprey Housing's CEO, is set to retire this year.

He said: "It has been a pleasure and a privilege to be an integral part of Osprey’s journey and to lead us for the last four years. What we have done here during my time will remain one of my proudest achievements.

"However, with a new set of challenges emerging on the housing horizon it’s time for me to pass the baton to a successor who can work with our board to develop a new long-term vision that will be needed for the future.

"Osprey is in great shape, with a strong board, a strong leadership team, and above all a fantastic staff team fully committed to making a difference.

"This is a time of real challenge and real opportunity and I believe that we are well placed to go from strength to strength in meeting those challenges and maximising the opportunities."

During his 47-year career, Glenn worked in a wide range of organisations within the housing sector including local authorities and a new town development corporation.

He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing and is also a former director of the Institute in Scotland.

Glenn will use his retirement to spend more time with those closest to him – and listen to music. He added: "I am looking forward to being able to spend a bit more time with all those closest to me including my youngest granddaughter who was born during lockdown and who I haven’t been able to see or hug yet.

"I will for sure indulge myself in my passion for rock music and particularly The Who... at high volume!"

Osprey Housing Group chairman Mike Scott said Glenn will be a big miss for the organisation.

He said: "Glenn has been an inspiration to – and in – all that Osprey Housing has achieved over the years.

"Under his direction and leadership, we have developed in size and maturity and now as a single entity we are ready to move forward from a very strong base.

"Glenn is enthusiastic and forward-thinking and has led Osprey Housing with great skill and focus, with tenants’ needs always at the forefronts.

"He will be greatly missed, and I wish him all the best in his retirement."

Mr Scott added that Osprey will be now undertaking an options evaluation as part of the formal process that flows from Glenn’s retirement announcement.


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