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Phoenix Community Housing Chief Executive Jim Ripley
Jim Ripley

As part of National Careers Week, Phoenix's Chief Executive Jim Ripley shares how he came to work in housing and his advice for those considering housing as a career.

How did you come to work in housing?

“From 15 I must have lived in so many places – the...

Gavin Rumble

Housing is a great career, and any skills you learn in housing you can transfer to any other role. It’s a good place for anyone to start – it’s got career progress, it’s got rewards, and you meet some great people.

I got my start in 2001 working as agency staff. I was doing normal admin...

Deirdre Kennedy

The Digital Drop-in, at the hub within The Green Man, is where Amy Jeffery, Asharne Litchmore and an army of volunteers help Phoenix tenants come to grips with the 21st century. Held on a Wednesday morning between 10am and noon, the atmosphere is relaxed and enjoyable. Filling in benefit forms...

Young Phoenix resident Mikey standing in a kitchen wearing an apron, looking at the camera and smiling.
Mikey Koranteng

Mikey Koranteng is a musician, student and Phoenix resident. He is part of the Young Makers’ Agency, Phoenix's community project for creative young residents. In our last resident blog to mark Phoenix's 10th birthday, Mikey talks about the future of our community.

"The Young...

Phoenix resident Lakeisha Lynch-Stevens standing downstairs in the derelict cinema of The Fellowship Inn in Bellingham
Lakeisha Lynch-Stevens

Lakeisha is an actress, writer and producer currently working as a Project Associate with the Working Party Theatre Company on The Fellowship Inn project in Bellingham, where she is a Phoenix resident.

Lakeisha shares her thoughts about Phoenix’s renovation of The Fellowship...

Eileen Davies

Well, another day in the life of a scrutiny panel member. The members of the panel (and we are looking for more volunteers to join us) met up on a recent Friday to continue with our current scrutiny investigation. We all made a cup of tea or coffee when we arrived and had a quick catch up with...

Phoenix repairs operative Jason Hill standing in front of a Phoenix property
Jason Hill

Jason Hill is a repairs operative. Including his time with Lewisham Council, before Phoenix was created, he's worked in the area for 30 years.

The promise of home improvements was a key motivation for the tenants who voted to create Phoenix. We needed to deliver high quality...

Phoenix resident Mark Burgess standing in front of a window
Mark Burgess

Mark Burgess is a Phoenix resident and works as a cleaner in Lewisham. He is Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees for Heart n Soul, a creative arts company and charity based in Deptford that believes in the talents and power of people with learning disabilities.

Mark received...

Phoenix resident Peter Lewis standing in his garden holding an apple that was grown there
Peter Lewis

The 1920s Bellingham and Downham estates that make up much of Phoenix's housing stock were largely inspired by the Garden City movement. The aim of Garden Cities was to offer green space to residents of every background.

Peter Lewis is a resident Board Member and has had a...

The Chair of Phoenix's Board Anne McGurk sitting in front of a bookshelf in her living room
Anne McGurk

Anne McGurk is Chair of Phoenix’s Board and a retired head teacher. She is also a Phoenix tenant, in line with the resident-led structure which means tenants always hold its Chair and Vice-Chair positions.

In the fifth of our 10 Years Together blogs to celebrate a decade of...