Connexus welcomes Kate Smith as chief executive

31st January, 2024
Kate Smith sat at desk at Connexus head office
Kate Smith pictured at Connexus headquarters in Craven Arms, Shropshire, earlier this week


Connexus has welcomed Kate Smith as its new chief executive. Kate joins from national housing and care provider Anchor, where she was group executive director of business services for five years. 

On joining Connexus, Kate Smith said: "I'm delighted to have joined Connexus at what is a very exciting time for the organisation. We continue to make good progress against our corporate plan, which aims to transform customer-facing services, invest in existing properties, and deliver around 200 much needed affordable homes every year. 

"I’m very much looking forward to meeting customers, colleagues, and key local partners to understand how we can work together to address the challenges facing our rural communities. These areas can often suffer from a lack of investment, especially when it comes to employment opportunities, funding, and infrastructure."  

Michele Ibbs, Connexus chair of the board, said: “Our long-term plan is for Connexus to be one of the leading rural housing providers in the country, and we’re delighted to have Kate onboard to help us achieve this.  

“Connexus has a stable platform on which to build following strengthening of our governance arrangements over the past few years. Our next steps will see us develop and transform key services to better meet the needs of our local communities and become a truly customer focussed organisation.”