Fahy to take over as Plus Dane chairman

Plus Dane Housing has appointed former chief constable of Greater Manchester Police, Sir Peter Fahy, as the chairman of its board, a non-executive position.

Fahy retired as chief constable in October 2015. His decorated 34-year career in policing included five years at the head of Cheshire Constabulary.

He is currently the chief executive of Retrak, a Stockport-based charity for street children in Africa, and will continue in that role.

The appointment has been made as part of Plus Dane’s board succession plans, which will see the current chairman Linda Minnis step down at the AGM in September, and the appointment of several new board members this year.

Fahy said: “This is a time of great challenge for the provision of social housing and trying to ensure that those of lesser means can get a decent roof over their heads. I grew up in a council house in East London and know what a lift it gave to my parents.

“Benefit changes and public service spending cuts are causing great anxiety to those already struggling yet good housing is vital for health and well-being.

“I am proud to have been selected for this post because Plus Dane has such a strong social purpose. I am looking forward to working with the board and staff of Plus Dane but most importantly with the tenants and prospective tenants and local agencies so that we can provide more homes and stronger local communities.”

Barbara Spicer, chief executive, added: “I am really pleased that the board has appointed Sir Peter. I have had the pleasure of working with him during my time as chief executive of Salford City Council so we already have a strong professional working relationship. I am confident that he will both support and challenge the executive and board bringing out our intellectual capacity and supporting our aim to be as highly performing as possible.”

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