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Howard Toplis new head of GreenSquare

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Housing

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Howard Toplis is the new group chief executive of GreenSquare, taking over next month from David Ashmore, who is stepping down after 25 years at the helm of the group and previously its subsidiaries Oxford Citizens and Westlea housing associations.

“It’s an exciting job, at an exciting time, in a great organisation,” Toplis said.

Toplis is leaving Devon & Cornwall Housing Group (now DCH) having been finance director and then chief executive at Tor Homes, the south Devon housing association that amalgamated with DCH in 2012. He is also chief executive of West Devon Homes, which is in a strategic alliance with DCH, and of telecare company Call24.

GreenSquare’s board chair Hilary Gardner said: “There's no doubt that David will be a very hard act to follow. He is a leader who inspires others, someone who demonstrates a real passion for his work that’s infectious.

“Howard’s years of experience as chief executive at Tor Homes, together with his outstanding leadership and entrepreneurial skills, will bring refreshed impetus to what we do. We are absolutely confident we have chosen the right successor to take the group forward to even greater success.”

Ashmore announced his decision to colleagues last September: “When I leave in August, I will have worked for 40 years in housing – and will have served as chief executive of Oxford Citizens, Westlea, and then GreenSquare, for the last 25 years which has been an enormous privilege. But I had always planned to do a few other things both in and outside housing at this point in my life.”

Photo: Howard Toplis (left) is taking over from David Ashmore (right) at GreenSquare Group.

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