Vivian Rosser

Sad passing of Chief Executive Vivian Rosser

We are saddened to announce that our Chief Executive Vivian Rosser has passed away following a short illness.

Mr Rosser – known as Viv - passed away aged 63 on Tuesday 15 March. He became Chief Executive of Cottsway in June 2015 and was keen to bring a new lease of life to the West Oxfordshire-based housing association.

As West Oxfordshire’s largest social housing provider, we have more than 11,000 customers living in over 5,100 homes for rent and shared ownership in the district, as well as in Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, and Worcestershire.

Viv was instrumental in pushing forward the growth of our development portfolio. He also genuinely cared about Cottsway’s customers.

Andrew Hall, Chair of Cottsway’s Board, said: “Viv’s passing has come as a real shock to us all. He was a pleasure to work with and had an incredibly warm nature. He really cared about Cottsway, its customers and staff.

“Viv joined Cottsway with a vision that he stuck to and he has had an immensely positive impact. He was respected by all of us on the Board and he will be greatly missed.”

The Board has appointed our Resources Director Richard Reynolds as acting Chief Executive until further notice. Richard joined Cottsway in 2014 from a strong financial background in the private sector in different industries including retail, quarrying and printing.

He said: “I’ve worked closely with Viv since he joined Cottsway and we will all feel his loss deeply. He did an admirable job of leading the organisation, working to ensure it was in a strong, robust situation, while paying real attention to customers and staff -we will continue to build on all of Viv’s hard work.

“Our sympathies and thoughts are with his family, friends and our colleagues at this sad time.”

Viv started his career in local authority housing and went on to become Development Director for Thames Valley Housing Association before gaining extensive senior level experience in the commercial sector. He was highly regarded and joined Cottsway from Jones Lang LaSalle where he had been Director of Affordable Housing and brought with him a wealth of career experience gained from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. His achievements in affordable housing spanned over 35 years.

Viv leaves Rosie, his wife, and two sons Tom and Ollie.

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