New chair for One Manchester

The housing provider has appointed Yashar Turgut, an entrepreneur and industry expert who is also a member of Livv Housing’s audit committee, to head up its board.

One Manchester’s current chair Stephen Mole is leaving the organisation to relocate and be closer to his family.

Turgut will start in post as chairman in May, One Manchester said. He has almost 20 years’ commitment to the social housing sector through board membership, having held positions on the boards of several locally based, single-authority associations focussed on large-scale regeneration projects, as well as one national provider.

As well as serving as chair of Livv Housing, he is also chair of Securecom, a company he founded that undertakes repairs and maintenance for housing associations, and chair of Henridge Ridge Academy in Burton-on-Trent. He was previously chair of Evolve Facility Services and, before that, managing director of Safeguard Solutions, a joint venture between Securecom and Rochdale Boroughwide Housing, which provided security services for housing providers.

Turgut lived in Greater Manchester for more than 44 years, establishing businesses early on in his career in electronic security, CCTV, fire systems and electrical contracting.

“I’m a firm believer in the role of housing associations and the importance of the social value they deliver – One Manchester is an excellent example of this in practice and it is an honour to have been appointed as its new chair,” he said.

“I’m committed to the creation of inclusive organisations, services and places that allow everyone to achieve their potential. I am excited to get started.”

Nic Kershaw, One Manchester’s chief executive, said: “[Yashar’s] knowledge and expertise in customer experience and his dedication to inclusivity is a fantastic fit for our organisation.

“We’re excited to have him on board and look forward to working with him to support our customers, colleagues and communities.”

He added: “The whole of One Manchester is extremely grateful to Stephen [Mole] for his dedication and direction, and we wish him all the best for the future.”

One Manchester owns and manages more than 12,000 homes in central, south and east Manchester. Among its current schemes are a 139-home development on Oldham Road in Newton Heath, which secured planning approval last May, and 96 homes in Longsight, which it is to acquire once Amstone Developments has finished building them.

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