Paul Beardmore has moved from Rochdale council to become the new director of housing for Manchester City Council.
He was previously head of strategic housing services for Rochdale, having started in 1976 as a trainee environmental health officer and progressed through the ranks.
Beardmore worked extensively in private sector housing renewal with a brief period in housing management before settling into housing strategy and policy in 1998. He became head of strategic housing services in 2003 following the establishment of Rochdale's arm's length management organisation, Rochdale Boroughwide Housing.
He has recently been working part time for the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities as a housing specialist advising on the development of the Multi Area Agreement and the Greater Manchester Strategic Plan.
He said: "Housing in Manchester is going through some major changes and the emerging new strategic housing role will offer both challenges and opportunities. It gives us the opportunity to develop stronger partnerships with our housing and regeneration partners, which will help to provide better services for our communities in Manchester."