Sue Dunphy
ForHousing is ramping up its safety focus ahead of the Building Safety Bill. Credit: via Hough Bellis

Dunphy takes on beefed-up safety brief at ForHousing

Neil Tague

Sue Dunphy has been appointed as head of building and customer safety at the social landlord.

The housing association, which manages 24,000 homes across the North West, said that Dunphy will lead a team responsible for managing the safety of 17 high-rise buildings – 12 in Salford and five in Knowsley.

Her remit also covers three blocks housing a total 394 homes being built at Dock 5 in Ordsall. Work started last summer at Dock 5, with the 121-home first phase completed recently.

ForHousing said that the team will take a proactive approach and will work closely with tenants to shape the service provided to them, setting up a new tenant-led building safety forum.

Dunphy has worked in the housing sector since the age of 17, starting out through a youth training scheme. Her career in the sector now spans 35 years.

She moved into safety and compliance in 2009 and steps up from as strategic lead for health and safety at ForHousing.

The creation of the new role comes as ForHousing prepares for the new post-Grenfell Building Safety Bill which is due to be implemented in 2023.

Dunphy said: “I am really proud to have been appointed to this vital new role. At ForHousing, we are embracing the changes the Building Safety Bill will bring and see it as an opportunity to increase tenant engagement on high rise safety.

“I’m looking forward to working with my team to actively involve tenants in decision making through the new tenant-led building safety forum we are developing. We want to ensure they are on this journey with us.

“At ForHousing we have a strong foundation of excellent standards of safety in place, and myself and my team will be dedicated to improving these further across the high-rise blocks.”

Colette McKune, ForHousing chief executive, said: “Sue’s background, experience and passion make her the perfect fit for the job.

“The safety and wellbeing of tenants is our number one priority, and this newly created role is part of our proactive approach to building safety.

“We are proud of the high safety standards we uphold now and look forward to Sue’s team working with tenants to improve these standards further.”

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