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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing

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A Northern Irish housing association has announced the appointment of a new chair.

Steve Amos, who has been a member of the Clanmil Housing Group's board of management since 2011, has been selected to take the top role at the association, which provides 3,500 social and 'affordable' homes throughout the country for families and older people.

With almost 40 years' experience in the banking and finance sector, Mr Amos is set to lead Clanmil through the implementation of an ambitious three-year strategy focusing on growth and community development.

Announcing the appointment, Clare McCarty, Clanmil chief executive, said: “With more demand for homes and increasing constraints on statutory funding, a major challenge for Clanmil is to find new funding sources that will support continued investment in social housing.

"Steve has brought invaluable experience and insight to our Board that has helped us continue to deliver great homes and services for our tenants and I am very much looking forward to working with him as chair to drive forward the next phase in our development.”

Over the next three years, Clanmil plans to provide a further 2,000 much-needed homes that are as economical to live in as possible, as well as delivering on a commitment to engage with the communities in which it works on initiatives that promote access to opportunities for employment and financial inclusion.

Mr Amos said: “I am delighted to take on this new role, leading Clanmil through a very exciting and challenging period.

"I have been very impressed by Clanmil’s focus on excellent customer service and the commitment of staff to making a positive impact on our tenants’ lives and I am looking forward to leading such a dedicated organisation.”

Steve, who lives in Holywood, Co. Down, takes over from Joan Baird who has retired after four and a half years as chair.

During Ms Baird's tenure, Clanmil experienced significant growth, increasing its provision from 2,334 to 3,500 homes, and achieved and maintained the top assurance audit rating from the Department for Social Development in relation to its performance.

Mr Amos runs a consultancy business advising small and medium sized businesses on their banking issues.

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