Communities that Work Board Appointment
Communities that Work is delighted to announce the appointment of Suzanne
Jobson, Foundations for Life Manager at Karbon Homes, to the Board of Directors.
Suzanne has worked in the social housing sector for over 11 years, specifically
across the financial and digital inclusion and employability agenda. Suzanne
manages the employment, skills and digital support team at Karbon Homes, whose
footprint covers the North East of England and Yorkshire with almost 30,000 homes
serving diverse communities, all facing different opportunities and challenges.
Suzanne is passionate about building and fulfilling aspirations, and breaking down
barriers to success, and believes social housing is an anchor sector for this agenda.
Suzanne is also a Board Member of the Women in Social Housing North East group,
and Karbon is a key partner on the newly established NE Employment Collaboration
Suzanne sees Communities that Work as a driving force to promote and strengthen
the key role that the social housing sector plays in the employability agenda and is
keen to bring the North East voice to this important conversation.
Speaking of her appointment to the Board, Suzanne said:
“I am absolutely delighted to be joining the Communities that Work Board at this
crucial juncture. The Covid-19 pandemic has had a drastic impact on employment
rates: the North East is a region with one of the highest unemployment and claimant
rates in the UK and Brexit has plunged the sector into a social funding crisis. Social
housing tenants were already at a disadvantage due to multiple social and skills
barriers and this has been further exacerbated.
Never have people needed employability support more. Housing associations have a
long history in delivering on the employment and skills agenda, yet I fear so much
goes under the radar of decision makers.
Communities that Work has been inordinately successful in bringing the impact of
the sector to the Government’s attention, showcasing the invaluable role that
housing associations play. Employment and skills are a route out of poverty, towards
economic recovery, and I am delighted to be part of an organisation whose mission
and aims are to champion that cause.”
Julie Haywood, Vice-Chair of the Board said:
“Suzanne is a really welcome addition the Board. Suzanne is bringing solid,
impactful and current experience of her team’s direct employment support delivery to
our Board of Directors, along with a strong and broad NE regional network and
We welcome the NE regional voice on our Board, and we’re excited to work with
Suzanne. She joins a Board that is determined to see social and economic
opportunity driven forward, for all communities, across the country.”