New chairman for housing association's board
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing
Trafford Housing Trust has appointed a new chairman for its board.
Edna Robinson, who is also chairman of The Big Life group of companies, takes over from Bernard Knight, who has chaired the board for almost five years, the maximum term of office for the position. During his time on the board, he has seen the 9,000-home provider grow to create an annual turnover of £40.7 million.
Ms Robinson has had a distinguished career within the NHS, including the role of chief executive of Trafford General hospital between 2003-2005, after which she was a special advisor on health issues to MP Hazel Blears.
She said: “I am delighted to take on this position at such a vital time for the future direction of social housing. I’m looking forward immensely to working with the board and the executive team, and continuing to develop the positive relationships between the Trust, and the Homes and Communities Agency, and Trafford local Authority.
“Achieving social justice has always been at the heart of the decisions that I have made, an objective made challenging in the current policy context, particularly with the redefinition of housing benefit eligibility.
“Fair and affordable housing provides a dignified platform from which we can all grow. Peace of mind about our home and the right to grow old with dignity is crucial to our well-being.
“While the issues facing the social housing sector are significant, I am comfortable working in a complex financial environment that combines the best of public, philanthropic and private finance. Using my experience, I will be helping the board and executive team to find new and innovative solutions to the challenges facing the Trust.”
Trafford chief executive Matthew Gardiner said: “Edna joins us with a proven track record of taking big decisions in large organisations in social care, healthcare and social enterprise. I am sure she will be a massive asset to the Trust as we move towards our ten year anniversary as an independent charity, and as the policy landscape compels us to think in new ways to improve and extend the services we provide.”