A Cheshire housing association has appointed an industry veteran with over 45 years of experience to chair its board.
Weaver Vale Housing Trust (WVHT) has appointed Paul Smith (pictured below) to the role. He succeeds previous chair Jim Bolton, who stepped down recently to focus on his health and spend more time with his family.
Smith has worked with both local authorities and housing associations over the course of his career. He was chair of Prima Housing Group for seven years and is also chair of the National Housing Federation’s Board Members Forum.
He is a qualified coach and member of the Institute of Leadership & Management and runs his own coaching and management consultancy.
“Everyone connected with Weaver Vale would like to extend a huge thank you to Jim who stepped down after serving on the board for four-and-a-half years,” said WVHT’s chief executive, Wayne Gales.
“We’re delighted to welcome Paul to Weaver Vale. He arrives at a very exciting time in the organisation’s history with a major development and service improvement programme underway.
“Paul has a wealth of knowledge and experience, and I know he’ll be able to help us on the next stage of our journey as we work to ensure we are both a landlord and partner of choice and an excellent employer for our staff.”
Smith said: “I’m excited to be joining Weaver Vale at such a pivotal but challenging time for UK housing. I’m passionate about affordable housing, and I believe that customers should be the main focus of all we do.
“It’s vital that residents are able to influence the delivery of their services and the way their housing associations are governed. I’m looking forward to getting started and working with the residents, Board and staff to achieve our vision of transforming neighbourhoods, homes and services to improve the quality of life for our customers.”