WAYNE Gales has succeeded Nigel Wilson to the chairmanship of social housing consortium JV North.
Gales, who is the chief executive of Weaver Vale Housing Trust, was appointed by the board at its meeting earlier this month.
Former chair Wilson held the post since 2013, but he is set to leave his current role as chief executive of Wythenshawe Community Housing Group at the end of the year. In January, he will join Sunderland’s Gentoo Group as its new chief.
“The consortium has a rich history spanning more than a decade in which time members have delivered an incredible number of homes so I’m very proud to be appointed,” said Gales.
“Weaver Vale Housing Trust was one of the founding JV North members and we have always valued the role it plays delivering high quality, affordable homes. My appointment comes at crucial time.
“JV North is over half way through building 4,310 homes in the 2016/21 Shared Ownership Affordable Homes Programme, funded by members investing £452.5 million and Homes England providing £138.9 million in grant.
“We have to deliver these homes by April 2021 and continue exploring ways of being able to do more with Homes England wherever possible to address the housing crisis.”
Wilson added: “I would like to thank members and all our stakeholders for their hard work and support during my tenure not only with the consortium but also as chief executive at Wythenshawe Community Housing Group. I leave JV North in a strong position – it has a well-run development programme that is now one of the biggest in the country and continues to grow and flourish.”
JV North and Homes England have invested more than £1 billion together since the consortium formed 11 years ago. By 2021, the consortium will have built a total of 8,290 homes since forming in 2007.