Stonewater has appointed Katie Teasdale as head of Customer Voice and Influence, a brand-new role that will help the social housing provider facilitate effective customer communications, engagement, complaints, and feedback.
Joining the organisation yesterday (7 April), Teasdale specialises in customer service and engagement and preciously served as head of Member Relations at the National Housing Federation (NHF).
During her seven years working for the NHF, Teasdale played a key role in the development of its Together with Tenants campaign – an initiative focused on strengthening the relationship between housing association residents and landlords.
Teasdale aims to apply her learnings and experience to the new role at Stonewater to ensure customers are put at the heart of the organisation.
She said: “Building on Stonewater’s longstanding commitment to putting customers at the heart of everything they do, I’ll be working with customers, colleagues, and stakeholders to make sure our customers’ voices, feedback, and experience influence, shape, and direct the development and delivery of our services.
“We want to build on what’s great in our existing approach but also innovate and find exciting new ways to listen, engage, and communicate with our customers as we deliver the Charter for Social Housing Residents and bring the vision of the Social Housing White Paper to life.
“Most importantly, we want to ensure Stonewater is seen by its customers as a ‘listening organisation’, encouraging involvement and engagement, and crucially taking on board our customers’ feedback to make sure we keep improving our services and always put customers first.
“It’s an incredibly exciting opportunity and one that is not only aligned with my own passions for customer service delivery across social housing but also demonstrates that Stonewater is committed to putting their values into action.”
As part of the role, Teasdale will be responsible for developing and building Stonewater’s customer involvement framework, as well as identifying new ways to engage and involve customers.
Dave Lockerman, Customer Experience director at Stonewater, said: “For us, this new role is about building on and strengthening our ongoing work to improve customer experience.
“This includes developing innovative methods of communication, listening to and learning from customers to improve services, and ensuring that our customers are at the heart of service design.
“Katie is not only massively skilled in this area and has an impressive track record of engaging with customers, but she’s incredibly enthusiastic about what we’re trying to achieve at Stonewater.
“I’m really excited about her joining the team and look forward to seeing how she shapes this role, amplifying customer voice and maximising customer influence in our services.”
Image: Katie Teasdale, head of Customer Voice, Stonewater
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