The Northern housing association Castles & Coasts has appointed a new chair to start after the incumbent’s retirement.
Castles & Coasts, which owns and manages more than 7,000 properties across Cumbria and the North East, will be led by Chris Lewis, current chair of its staffing and governance committee, starting from September when its current chair Fiona Moore retires after nine years of service.
Moore, a non-practicing solicitor, was part of the board that led the merger of Two Castles and Derwent and Solways Housing Associations to create Castles & Coasts in 2017 and became the housing association’s chair in October that year.
Moore said: “It has been an honour and a pleasure to serve as a board member and chair of Castles & Coasts. The organisation has been transformed during my time on the board, almost doubling in size after the merger, is committed to providing excellent homes and services to its residents and has an ambitious development programme.
“I have been fortunate to work with a dedicated CEO and executive team and a committed group of Board members with diverse skills and am very grateful for all their support.
“I am delighted that Chris has been appointed as my successor and with the full support of the executive team and the Board, I know that Chris will steer Castles & Coasts safely on its journey of development and growth and that the organisation will continue to flourish in the years to come”.
The incoming chair Lewis spent over 35 years working in a senior role for a pharmaceutical business before taking up his board member role with Castles & Coasts.
Lewis has shared his excitement to follow Moore as chair and has praised her for doing a ‘terrific job’ of steering Castles & Coasts through a period of ‘immense change’.
Lewis said: “It’s a privilege to take on the chair role, and with that comes a huge responsibility to build on all that has been achieved under Fiona’s stewardship.
“The organisation is in a very good place, as we approach the mid-point in our corporate strategy, which sets out the vision to 2023. However, as we come through these truly unprecedented times there will be challenges and our focus has to be steadfast – on delivering value for our residents and our stakeholders; on growth; on engagement and on sustainability, in the widest sense of the word.”
“I’m very much looking forward to working with Castles & Coasts’ talented board and excellent executive team to build on the legacy Fiona leaves.”
Last November Castles & Coasts announced a newly expanded development team as it aims to build 600 new homes across the North East and Cumbria over the next five years.
Image: Chris Lewis, incoming chair of Castles & Coasts Housing Association. Credit: Castles & Coasts