Jake Berriman to lead Shropshire Housing Group
Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Housing
Jake Berriman (photo) will succeed Martin Holland as chief executive of Shropshire Housing Group.
"I am delighted to have been entrusted with taking the organisation into the future and look forward to beginning that work," Berriman said.
Berriman, currently Shropshire Council's area commissioner for central Shropshire, takes over in July when Holland retires.
Holland took up the post of chief executive of South Shropshire Housing Association in 1991 and oversaw the creation of Shropshire Housing Group in 2007. This now comprises South Shropshire Housing Association, Meres & Mosses Housing Association and maintenance firm Total Response Limited.
Group chair Shena Latto said: "We have no doubt that, in Jake Berriman, we have identified the right person. With his experience of housing and planning in the county, he understands the challenges and priorities we have at Shropshire Housing Group and I know that he is very excited to be joining us.”
Berriman's appointment was made by a panel that included board members, staff representatives, tenants and other stakeholders.
Shropshire Housing Group, based in Craven Arms, has more than 250 staff. It owns and manages over 4,500 homes in Shropshire and Herefordshire, including 22 sheltered housing schemes, a supported housing scheme for young people, known as Ludlow Foyer, and a refuge for woman escaping domestic violence.
In recent months it has secured more than £1.3 million of Government funding to create up to 68 affordable new homes in the Marches area as part of a Community Land Trust partnership approach.