Sarah and Pat come on Board
Published by Neil Shaefer for Railway Housing Association in Housing and also in Communities
Sarah McManus (left) and Pat Wanless (right) with Chief Executive Anne Rowlands
One of the UK’s oldest housing associations has appointed two experienced professionals to its Board following an extensive recruitment process.
Pat Wanless and Sarah McManus have joined the Board of Trustees at Darlington-based Railway Housing Association, which will next year celebrate its 95th anniversary.
Pat and Sarah come to the Association with vast experience in the housing sector. Pat, who is married with two children, began her career in housing as a receptionist with Derwentside District Council’s housing department in 1990. She then studied for various housing qualifications and held several roles working for housing organisations, before joining Dale & Valley Homes, where she is now Director of Neighbourhoods.
Sarah, who is married with two children, has worked in housing management for 20 years. She recently left her full-time role at Tees Valley Housing, but has now returned on a consultancy basis working for its parent group Fabrick Housing.
Pat says: “I am very pleased to be joining Railway Housing Association as a member of its Board. It is an organisation that I have admired over recent times because of its strong independence and determination to deliver the best possible services to its customers and other stakeholders.
“I will do my best to support the organisation as it meets future challenges in particular those associated with welfare reform and achieving value for money.”
Sarah says: “Tees Valley Housing is similar to Railway Housing Association in that it has stock dispersed in lots of areas and I know from experience that it is difficult to control discussions when you are considered a small player.
“However just because you may be small you can still pack a punch and influence negotiations and this is something Railway Housing Association has been doing for a long time.
“I am really excited about being part of the organisation and helping it to achieve its goals in the coming years.”
Anne Rowlands, Chief Executive of Railway Housing Association, said: “We are really pleased to have people of Pat and Sarah’s calibre on our board and we are confident they will play an important role in the continued success of the Association.”