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Housing trust appoints high-climber as chair

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing

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A housing trust has appointed a man who once operated at the peak of the sector as its new paid chair - former Pinnacle chief executive John Swinney.

Watford Community Housing Trust decided to make Mr Swinney chair after seeing him sit in as interim since September.

The 5000-home provider is one of four ‘community gateways’ in the UK and the first to have a paid chair.
WCHT's tenants voted to remunerate the role at £6,000 per year at its 2013 AGM. Other board positions will remain voluntary.

Mr Swinney, who is also business development director at Carillion, will oversee the delivery of the trust’s business plan priorities which include building 500 new homes in Watford and Three Rivers by 2017.

He said: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time with the trust’s board over the last year and am thrilled to be appointed as its chair at such an exciting time for the organisation. We have ambitious plans for the future, both to grow and to improve our core service to our residents, and I look forward to being part of the journey.”

Tina Barnard, WCHT's chief executive, added: “It’s a real coup for us to have someone of John’s calibre and experience on board here at the trust. We look forward to going from strength to strength under his leadership.”

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