Geoff's appointment signals change at Railway
Published by Neil Shaefer for Railway Housing Association in Housing and also in Communities
Barrie Ward (left) hands over to Geoff Proudlock
A housing association has appointed a non-railway worker as chairman of its board for the first time in its 94-year history.
Geoff Proudlock is the new chairman at Railway Housing Association, which manages over 1,400 homes, mainly in the North East.
The 45-year-old, from Butterknowle in Durham, was elected by his fellow board members and takes over from Barrie Ward, who has stepped down as Chairman after six years in the role. Barrie will remain as a board member.
Geoff, who is a lecturer in housing at New College Durham, said: “It is an honour to be the first non-railway worker as chairman of the Association.
“The Association was established with a £10,000 donation in 1919 and it is now a multi-million pound business, so to be a custodian of such an historic organisation is quite something.
“I am proud to follow in the footsteps of Barrie, who led the organisation through a significant period of change and helped transform it into the modern, forward-thinking Association it is today.
“My aim is to carry this on and working closely with the Board of Trustees, ensure that we remain true to our mission and values, look after our staff and customers and continue to deliver real value for money.”
Geoff has significant experience in the housing sector, having worked in local authority housing management and on several boards and committees. He is also a housing association tenant himself.
Anne Rowlands, Chief Executive of Railway Housing Association, said: “We are delighted to welcome Geoff as our new chairman. He has extensive knowledge and experience in social housing and I look forward to working with him to lead the Association as it approaches its 100th anniversary.
“We would also like to pay tribute to Barrie and the service he has given as chairman of the Association over the last six years. He has been instrumental in our recent success.”
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