PEAKS & Plains Housing Trust has announced that Emma Richman (pictured) will join the organisation in March as its executive director of operations.
Richman is joining the Macclesfield-based housing provider from Great Places Housing Group where she held the position of director of assets.
With degrees in architecture and building surveying, she has worked in the housing sector for 25 years and has a wealth of technical experience, having worked with traditional, stock transfer and arms-length management organisations.
She also works with with the National Federation of Housing’s Building Safety and Quality of Existing Homes Groups; a role she will continue with as part of Peaks & Plains. In addition, Richman is the current chair of Women in Property (North West branch) and is also a trustee of the Pankhurst Trust.
In her new position, Richman will oversee the asset, repair, compliance and customer-facing teams, and play a key part in the ongoing delivery of the Trust’s five-year plan.
“The opportunity to be part of an executive leadership team with a broader remit is one that I look forward to taking on,” she said. “Understanding the challenges and opportunities with the more rural geography that Peaks & Plains oversees will give me a new perspective and one that I hope to use to build on the Trust’s impressive track record and reputation within the housing sector.”
Mark Howden, interim chief executive at Peaks & Plains, added: “Welcoming someone of Emma’s calibre to the trust’s executive leadership team is an encouraging step forward as we embark on the year ahead, and will be a key role in our future.
“Having been named as one of the top 10 property disruptor professionals in the region, Emma’s personal passion and fresh approach will prove invaluable as we grow and continue to invest in the regeneration of Macclesfield – improving our existing homes and building innovative new homes across tenures in order to meet housing need.”