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CIH announces winner of vice president election race


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CIH announces winner of vice president election race CIH announces winner of vice president election race

Geraldine Howley has been elected as the Chartered Institute of Housing's new vice president.

Mrs Howley, who is chief executive of Bradford-based housing group Incommunities, was up against Elaine Gibson, director of Ayrshire housing association ANCHO, and Jim Strang, chief executive of Parkhead Housing Association in Glasgow.

She will become vice president for 2014/15 at the CIH Annual General Meeting on 14 May, and is expected to take up the role of president in 2015.

Mrs Howley said: “I am absolutely delighted to be elected as the next CIH Vice President. I would like to thank all CIH members who voted for Elaine, Jim and myself – it was a well contested campaign which we were all equally passionate about.

“I have spoken to many members about the issues that are important to them and I will take what I have learned on board in my new role and influence where I can.

“The coming year is set to be an extremely challenging one for the sector and I am really looking forward to working with, and supporting, the incoming president Steve Stride and my fellow housing professionals to meet these challenges. Together, we can make a positive difference and improve lives.

“Once again a big thank you to everyone who supported me during the campaign. I can’t wait to get started.”

CIH chief executive Grainia Long said: “I’d like to thank all the CIH members who took the time to vote in the election and make the difficult choice between three great candidates. Our vice president needs to be an effective leader for the housing profession as well as an ambassador for our organisation – it’s a big ask but I know Geraldine is more than up to it.”

Elaine Gibson said: “I would like to thank everyone who voted for me, and to offer my commiserations to Jim and my congratulations to Geraldine. I wish her every success in her new role as vice president.”

Jim Strang said: "Let me first congratulate Geraldine on her victory in the election and offer my support as she takes on the responsibility of becoming Vice President of CIH. We need to speak with one strong voice and I know that with Geraldine we’ll be in good hands as we come up to a critical period for housing. My thanks to all who voted for me and I know that as a sector we will all be united behind our new Vice President as she campaigns for us.”

Current vice president Steve Stride, who is due to become president on 14 May, added: “I’ve no doubt that Geraldine will be a huge asset to CIH – I’m really looking forward to working with her over the next 12 months. Together we will be working hard as ambassadors for CIH and to champion the interests of members, housing professionals and the housing industry in general.

"And as the general election approaches in 2015 we will work with CIH to make sure the voice of housing is effectively represented in the political debate. Thank you to Elaine and Jim – both extremely worthy candidates – and of course congratulations to Geraldine.”


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