Leaders in the spotlight: Henry Terefenko

Posted: 20/09/2019

Leaders in the spotlight: Henry Terefenko | Future Housing Leaders

For the latest 'leaders in the spotlight' blog post we caught up with Henry Terefenko, ForHousing Managing Director, to talk about what he loves most about his role and how to keep tenants at the heart of everything you do.

1. Tell us a little about yourself and how you got into the housing sector.

I’m Henry Terefenko and I’m ForHousing Managing Director. I started out in housing as a rent officer back in 2008 and since then I’ve worked in lots of different roles across the sector.

My brother had worked in housing for a number of years and said it was really rewarding. I wanted to work in an industry that truly helped people and allowed them to fulfill their potential. The housing sector is a great fit for those who have both a commercial mind and a social heart.

2. What do you like most about your job?

The everyday challenges you come across as we try to be the best possible landlord we can be and improve people’s lives.

Being in my role means you’re involved in every aspect of the business. I love working with our leadership team to develop new ideas and concepts that make a lasting difference in communities.

3. And what do you find most challenging?

Overcoming challenges like the Bedroom Tax, Universal Credit and general welfare reform issues, along with the ever-changing political landscape.

4. The tagline for the event this year is ‘lead from where you stand’. Have you got any tips or words of wisdom for the leaders of tomorrow on making an impact in their current role?

My advice would be to focus on the tenant. Your aim should be to ensure high quality services. I believe passionately that tenants should be at the heart of everything we do – we need to listen to them and involve them in shaping our services.

Be bold. Make informed, bold decisions. Not all of them will come off but we need to create a culture where people feel comfortable to take risks.

5. Tell us about fictional character from a book or film that you admire and think demonstrates great leadership skills.

Atticus Finch from To Kill A Mocking Bird springs to my mind. He stands up for what is right, is heroic, bold and a role model for others.

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