Kevin Lowry has been appointed as director of housing at Manchester City Council having held the role in an interim capacity for the last 12 months.
He took over from Jon Sawyer last November, who held the position for a year following the retirement of the council’s former head of housing Paul Beardmore.
Lowry joined the council from Wythenshawe Community Housing Trust, where he spent nine months as interim chief executive.
During his year at Manchester City Council, Lowry has overseen the authority’s housing management and residential investment programmes and begun a formal review of the council’s arm’s length management organisation, Northwards Housing, which operates 13,000 homes across the city.
Lowry, said he was “honoured” to take up the position on a permanent basis.
“The city makes for an incredibly exciting place to work, and it’s with some relish that I can look forward to supporting the continued growth of the city in the long term, along with really ambitious projects to help meet the city’s housing priorities,” he said.
Louise Wyman, Manchester City Council’s strategic director of development, said: “The increased delivery of quality, affordable housing, is a cornerstone of Manchester’s economic recovery plan. Kevin’s leadership and experience in the housing sector will be enormously valuable in driving Manchester’s economic resilience and housing growth.”