Sandra Palmer
Sandra Palmer is among the new arrivals. Credit: Great Places

Three to join Great Places board

Neil Tague

Nahim Ruhi-Khan, Patrick Ricketts and Sandra Palmer will join the housing group’s board from mid-September, replacing three longstanding members.

With experience working in the public sector and social housing, Ruhi-Khan will serve as a member of the audit & assurance committee alongside Ricketts, who has worked for more than a quarter-century with Berendsen and Jewson.

Since 2014, Ruhi-Khan has worked in a variety of senior property roles with Leeds City Council. Recently, her focus has been on retrofitting homes with renewable energy.

Nahim Ruhi Khan

Nahim Ruhi-Khan has developed an expertise in retrofit. Credit: Great Places

Palmer will join the remuneration & appraisal committee, following several years of experience as a director in both the private and government-funded sectors.

In her career, she has held senior roles at organisations including United Utilities, and has spent nine years as a board member in social housing.

Matt Harrison, Great Places chief executive and executive board member, said the trio will bring “substantial experience that will further strengthen governance at Great Places”.

He added: “We held an intensive recruitment process and Nahim, Patrick and Sandra were stand out candidates in an extremely strong field of 75 applicants.

“We would like to thank this year’s outgoing Committee Chairs, Jerry Green and Jenny Rayner, as well as our fellow board member who will remain in post until the end of the year, Celia Cashman, for serving our organisation exceptionally throughout their time.”

Great Places remains highly active. This summer it has secured a land deal in Higher Blackley, Manchester for 25 affordable homes, and has also bagged planning consent for the high-profile Ancoats Dispensary, one of a raft of schemes coming forward in that area.

Patrick Ricketts

Ricketts has a wealth of experience gained at Berendsen and Jewson. Credit: Great Places

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