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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Environment and also in Finance, Housing

Former housing CEO joins energy switching business Former housing CEO joins energy switching business

A former chief executive of social landlord Together Housing Group (THG) has been appointed non-executive chairman of an energy switching business.

Tom Miskell has joined Community Switch to help it achieve its target of becoming the energy switching partner of choice for the social housing sector.

The firm is aiming to work with social landlords managing one million properties within the next three years to help tenants save up to £370 annually by switching energy supplier.

Mr Miskell has more than 25 years of experience in social housing, and was chief executive of THG for three years until April 2014. Prior to this he was chief executive of Trans-Pennine Housing and Pennine Housing.

Community Switch was launched in January 2014 and has already signed agreements with Wigan and Leigh Housing, Salix Homes in Salford, Northwards Housing in Manchester and Blackburn-based Twin Valley Homes, which together are responsible for a total of more than 50,000 properties.

The company has also agreed a deal with Hyndburn Borough Council in East Lancashire in which it claims up to 4,000 households could save up to £370 a year on their energy bills.

Mr Miskell said: “The offer by Community Switch is genuinely ground-breaking simply because no-one else has tried it and I very much look forward to helping Patrick and his colleagues to deliver on their ambitious target.

“The service offered by Community Switch can make a measurable difference to lives of tenants and taking action on these issues is an imperative for those who care about tenant welfare.

“We will continue the work with social housing landlords to give their tenants the chance to be responsible for making personal decisions about energy efficiency savings.”

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