NIGEL Wilson is taking over as permanent chief executive at Sunderland-based Gentoo Group next year.
The North East housing provider is currently led by interim chief David Jepson, who will continue to do so until Wilson takes on his new role in January 2019.
Wilson is currently the chief executive of Wythenshawe Community Housing Group in Manchester; a position he has held for 12 years.
All told, he has over 30 years’ experience in the social housing sector, having started his career as a housing officer. He worked his way up to leadership positions after having roles in tenant participation and resident engagement, before specializing in new business and regeneration.
“The group board and I are delighted that Nigel will be joining Gentoo,” said chair, Keith Loraine OBE. “He has a fantastic track record as a chief executive and a very credible reputation in the sector. We were particularly impressed with his leadership and people development skills and his commitment to good governance and delivering excellent customer service.
“With his vast sector experience, I’m confident he will successfully lead Gentoo so we can continue to make a positive difference, and work towards our vision for the City of Sunderland.”
Wilson said he was “looking forward to getting started” with his new role.
“I’ve followed the great work Gentoo has done over the years and understand the current challenges facing the group and the sector,” he added.
“I’ve been particularly inspired by Gentoo’s customer and staff focus. It has achieved so much over the years and this success is something that I want to build upon, working with the new board and dedicated staff to deliver fantastic results.”
Wythenshawe Community Housing Group paid tribute to its outgoing chief: “The board and colleagues want to wish him well for the move and acknowledge his contribution to work in Wythenshawe and Manchester. The board will be commencing a recruitment process shortly to seek Nigel’s replacement. Business will continue as usual and we remain focused on the important work of WCHG.”