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CIH appoints new chair for north east board

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing

Jill Hayley Jill Hayley

The Chartered Institute of Housing North East has appointed a new chair for its board.

Jill Haley, who is chief executive of the Byker Community Trust, will take charge of the regional board for the next three years.

“I’ve been a member of the CIH for over 20 years and being elected to the role of north east chair is a huge honour,” said Jill, who lives in Sunderland. “I’m hoping to use my three years in the role to maximise the profile of CIH in the north east, as well as promoting the important work done by the organisation nationally.”

Jill joined the BCT in March 2012, just months before it took over the ownership and management of Byker Estate. She has previously worked at housing group Gentoo, Sunderland Council and Halifax Property Services.

CIH president Paul Tennant said: “Having worked with Jill, I am delighted that she is taking on the role of North East Regional Board Chair. With so much going on in housing, this is an exciting time to be involved in our industry and I wish her every success in representing our North East members over the next three years.”

The BCT is currently leading a £24.5 million five-year revamp of the Byker Estate. A £1m fund has also been set aside for a participatory budget scheme to enhance the local environment and community resources, giving residents a say over how the money is spent.

Jill added: “These are challenging times for the BCT and for the wider housing sector as we all learn to do more with less. I’m hoping that my experience of working in both public and private sector housing organisations and my enthusiasm for championing the housing profession will help me to offer beneficial advice, support and inspiration to others.”

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