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Ocean employee wins place in 30 under 30 list in Cornwall

Published June 30th, 2022

Cornwall Chamber of Commerce has announced an Ocean Housing employee as one of the winners of its prestigious 30 under 30 class of 2022 list.

Alice Maffey, a development manager at one of the leading providers of social and affordable housing in Cornwall, secured her spot on the list after being nominated by her manager Louise Pyle, and Ocean Housing’s managing director Frances Turner.

Alice was 22 when she joined the not-for-profit, straight after graduating from university. She joined the development team as a development officer in December 2016, before being promoted to the youngest-ever development manager at the start of 2019.

Lousie Pyle, head of commissioning, said: “Alice is an exceptional young person. Her passion and drive for her work is unmatched, and she epitomises determination to overcome challenges and to achieve goals regardless of problems that arise.

“She is perfectly suited for working to provide affordable housing, truly caring about the housing crisis and maximising her opportunity to do something to help those in need of housing within Cornwall. She takes the same pride in her work – whether it is ensuring defects are resolved for tenants, to dealing with an MP’s enquiry. She is a credit to the county.”

Alice said of the award: “It was amazing to be nominated by my managers, and winning was the cherry on top. I have enjoyed so many milestones over the five and a half years I have been at Ocean. My role is so varied, every day is different, and it certainly keeps the job interesting – even if it is a little chaotic at times!

“Working on the Polgrean Place redevelopment project has been one of the highlights; it is a huge flagship scheme for Ocean and is very complex and challenging for lots of reasons, but I have really enjoyed being in the thick of the problem solving. We have seen the first few phases complete now, and seeing families settle into their new homes has been incredibly rewarding.”

The scheme at Polgrean has provided 60 new homes and commercial spaces, and is Ocean’s largest ever development so far. Alice’s efforts to build support and trust within the community has contributed to its huge success.

She is currently managing projects worth £31million, which will provide 154 affordable homes, and has secured over £8million of government grant for Cornwall to enable various schemes to proceed.

The awards took place on 17 June, where all winners were presented with a certificate for their achievement. Alice received hers from Kim Conchie, CEO of the Chamber of Commerce, and Florence Bates, a previous winner of 2019 and 2021.

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