Stephen Howlett - Social housing leader. Pro Chancellor. Rugby fan.
Chief Executive Peabody BA Hons Humanities – 1974Stephen Howlett is Chief Executive of Peabody, one of London’s oldest and largest housing associations with 28,000 homes and ambitious plans for 8,000 more.
He chairs the Board – known as the Court – of the University of Greenwich and presides over its graduation ceremonies as Pro Chancellor. He also sits on a host of bodies which lead housing policy, advise politicians and develop skills in the sector.
He is a compelling advocate for more affordable housing, the London Living Wage and a locally administered emergency welfare fund to make life in the capital viable for those on low incomes. Stephen’s blog demonstrates how Peabody is so much more than a housing provider. He celebrates the hundreds of volunteers who devoted 180,000 hours to improving their communities last year; apprenticeships and employment schemes that helped 1,500 people into work or training; programmes to make homes low carbon and sustainable; and collaborations with charities like the National Literacy Trust to foster a love of reading in children. He is tireless in building partnerships across all sectors to create vibrant communities and individual wellbeing.
Somehow in addition he manages to be a member of Blackheath Football Club (actually a Rugby Union team), support Ipswich Town, and pursue his interest in design and architecture as trustee of Open-City, the architecture education organisation behind Open House London.
“It is a privilege and a great honour to serve as Pro Chancellor. I am particularly proud to be the first graduate of the university to assume chairmanship of the Court.
“George Peabody said that education is ‘a debt due from present to future generations’, and I aim to play my part in settling that debt to students at this great university during my tenure.
“I am passionate about education, continuing the university’s focus on academic excellence and further securing its place as one of London’s leading universities.”