Confident Stride starts 1st day as CIH president
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing
Steve Stride starts his first full day in office today as president of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) following his election at the AGM.
"Those of you who know me will know how confident I will be in promoting our offer to government, business and the wider public," Stride said. "My passion for housing and the work we all do is as great today as when I first started out as a housing trainee for Southwark Council 36 years ago.
Stride is chief executive of Poplar HARCA housing association and has been CIH vice president for the past 12 months. He takes over from Paul Tennant.
Geraldine Howley, chief executive of Incommunities housing group, was elected vice president by CIH members last month and her appointment was also confirmed at Wednesday's AGM.
CIH chief executive Grainia Long said: "Steve will have a hugely important role to play championing the interests of CIH members and housing professionals. And as the general election approaches in 2015, we’ll be working together to make sure the voice of housing is effectively represented in the political debate. Steve has done a great job as vice president so I know he can do the same as president.”
Long also paid tribute to Tennant, calling him "a fantastic ambassador for CIH, our members and the importance of standards, ethics and professionalism in housing".
Stride has chosen foodbank campaigner Trussell Trust as his presidential charity of the year. On June 28th he will lead a group of Poplar HARCA staff on the Grand union Challenge - a 24-hour, 65-mile walk along the canal from Paddington in London to the beautiful Chilterns.
"I feel immensely privileged to be representing my housing peers and CIH as your president and am really looking forward to my year ahead and all we will achieve together," Stride said.