Symphony recruits chief exec from HCA

Symphony Housing Group has appointed Bronwen Rapley from the Homes & Communities Agency as its new chief executive to lead the 41,000-home organisation.

Rapley, currently the deputy director of investigation and enforcement at the HCA, will take over from Phil Gandy, who announced last October that he intends to retire in early 2016.

Rapley has worked in housing for 25 years, initially as a solicitor and then for 12 years in the housing sector in the North West.

In 2013 Rapley was appointed to her current role at the HCA where she delivered many complex regulatory judgements and played a significant role in policy development.

Rapley said: “I am very pleased to be joining Symphony at this time of change and challenge for the housing sector. It will be a privilege to work with people whose passion and ability to make a positive difference in the communities we serve is so evident.”

Symphony is the largest social landlord focused solely on the North West, owning and managing 41,000 homes across Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cheshire.

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