New chair for Shelter board
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing
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Housing charity Shelter has appointed a new chair to its board of trustees.
Derek Myers, the UK's first chief executive to lead two unitary local authorities at the same time - the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Hammersmith & Fulham - will join the charity at the end of November.
Mr Myers was chair of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives for four years until autumn 2012. He was also chair of Capital Ambition, the improvement and efficiency partnership for London, for four years when London councils went from sixth best performing region to best performing. He was also on the Department of Health board for four years.
Mr Myers was named third most important figure in local government in LGC's last top 50 list.
Campbell Robb, Shelter's chief executive, said: “We are delighted that Derek is joining us, with his wealth of experience and knowledge he will be a huge asset to Shelter and we look forward to welcoming him. I would also like to say thank you, on behalf of everyone here, to Tony Crook who has made a real and lasting contribution to Shelter’s work.”
Mr Myers replaces Professor Tony Crook, a housing policy researcher and former pro-vice chancellor of The University of Sheffield, who has been in the position since May 2009. Mr Crook will continue to be active in housing policy and practice as a non-executive member of several housing and regeneration organisations.
Mr Crook said: "I am absolutely delighted that my trustee colleagues have appointed Derek Myers to succeed me. In the last four years we have built a very high performing trustee board, providing strong support and challenge to the CEO and his senior team. Derek's background and experience will ensure these foundations are built on and help to ensure that Shelter continues to make the case for more housing for all and to help some of the most vulnerable in our society who suffer from the lack of affordable and decent homes."