AILEEN Evans has been elected as the next vice president of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH).
The Grand Union Housing Group’s chief executive (main picture) will take over the role from current VP Jim Strang when he steps up to take the role of president in September.
In a closely fought election, which closed on 15 August, Evans received 41% of the 1,654 votes cast by CIH members. Fellow candidates Lindsey Williams and Darshan Singh Matharoo received 34% and 25% respectively.
“I’m both proud and humbled that CIH members have elected me as their next vice president and I’d like to pay tribute to Lindsey and Darshan, two outstanding candidates, for making this a contest that shone a light on the fantastic work of our sector,” Evans said.
“I’m very much looking forward to working with Jim Strang to highlight the work CIH does, both in equipping we who work in housing with the skills and knowledge to thrive in our brilliant profession and also to highlight the invaluable contribution CIH makes in informing housing policy across the UK.”
Lindsey Williams, chief executive of Futures Housing Group, said: “Congratulations to Aileen. She will make a great vice-president and continue to be a tremendous ambassador for the sector – especially in challenging perceptions of social housing and our customers, telling our story better, promoting housing as the vibrant, exciting career it is and championing the outstanding work our members do every single day.”
Matharoo tweeted “well done & congratulations” to Evans and offered “commiserations” to his fellow candidate, Williams.
CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat added: “We’re delighted to announce that Aileen will be the next vice president of the Chartered Institute of Housing. I know that she will be a great successor to Jim and together they will make a fantastic team.
“I was really impressed by all three candidates and their passion and enthusiasm for CIH. Darshan and Lindsey should be extremely proud of the effort they put into their campaigns. I’d like to thank all of the CIH members who took the time to vote – we look forward to working with Aileen when she becomes vice president next month.”