Magenta Living names board chair

Former Stockport Council deputy chief executive Ged Lucas has been appointed chair of the housing provider’s board, replacing David Clark.

Lucas has decades of experience in the housing sector, having worked for three councils including as deputy chief executive with Stockport Council from 1997 to 2012. Lucas left the public sector in April 2012 and set up his own consultancy. He was a nationally elected member of the Chartered Institute of Housing for six years and chaired the organisation’s policy board. He is also currently the chair of First Choice Homes Oldham.

Lucas is originally from Liverpool and grew up on social housing estates.

Magenta Living is based across the water from Lucas’ home. The not-for-profit housing provider owns and manages nearly 13,000 properties in Wirral, providing housing for nearly 10% of the borough’s population. It aims to build more than 1,000 new homes in five years.

Brian Simpson, chief executive for Magenta Living, said that Lucas’ appointment will help with that.

“[Lucas] really has joined us at the right time as we continue to deliver our Vision of ‘Vibrant… homes, lives, neighbourhoods’ and steer our organisation forward at such an important time,” Simpson said.

“Ged brings with him a wealth of housing sector knowledge and experience and I am confident that he will both support and challenge the executive leadership team and the board,” Simpson continued. “I’m really looking forward to developing a strong, professional working relationship with Ged and I know he will ensure our customers remain at the heart of everything we do.”

Lucas said he was looking forward to chairing Magenta Living’s board.

“This is such an exciting time for the organisation with a big focus on investing in our current and future homes, delivering greater value for money and continuing to provide excellent services to our customers,” Lucas said. “We are excited to be part of a major Wirral regeneration project and also to deliver our climate change strategic framework.

“It is undoubtedly a challenging time for the housing sector but I’m confident that, by working together with fellow board directors, the executive leadership team and colleagues across the organisation, we can achieve our future ambitious plans.”

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