CDHT refreshes board

Chester & District Housing Trust has appointed two board members from financial consultancy and public sector communications backgrounds.

Jane Stephens, a former finance director of Astra Zeneca and now managing director of consultancy Finance in Business based in Chester joins CDHT along with Michelle Hallmark, regional communications manager at The Bridge Group in Warrington.

Stephens has been co-opted to the board for the past six months and now joins as an independent director. Hallmark is newly co-opted to the board.

Both were appointed for one year following the resignation of Paul Smith after five years on the trust board.

Cllr Rob Thompson, chairman of the board, said: "The housing trust has developed a resilient and robust platform on which the board can build for future growth. We need to grow as an organisation, create more social housing and regenerate communities. This is an exciting time for the trust and we have the opportunity to build stronger communities. We have to continue to develop partnerships with our stakeholders and take even further the ways in which we work alongside residents in the processes of the Trust. As a result, we are a stronger organisation. We welcome Jane and Michelle and look forward to working closely with them."

CDHT is in advanced negotiations with Cosmopolitan Housing Group over a merger to create an organisation with 12,500 homes valued at a total of £875m across West Cheshire, Merseyside and other parts of the North West. The merger is expected to complete in the summer.

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