Dr Stuart Burgess appointed Chair of Hanover Housing Association
Published by Rob Ghosh for Hanover Housing Group in Housing and also in Care and Support, Central Government, Communities, Local Government
Hanover Housing Association is delighted to announce that Dr Stuart Burgess CBE is to be Chair of the organisation as from September 2014. Dr Burgess takes over the role from Lord Richard Best OBE.
Dr Burgess has a strong background in public service, and particularly in championing rural communities. For the past six years he has served as the Prime Minister’s Rural Advocate, helping shape and influence the policy agenda and ensuring a national platform in support of England’s rural areas. He was also Chair of the Commission for Rural Communities, and produced the ‘Burgess Report’ on the future of the rural economy alongside further important reports.
Prior to this, as a Church Leader for the Methodist Church, he held a number of regional, national and international roles for the Church, and his work here included helping bring about a rapprochement between the Methodist Church and the Church of England, as well as helping to secure debt cancellation for Malawi.
Among his further activities he founded the Nottinghamshire Hospice in 1972; the Abbeyfield House, Beeston in 1979; and St Andrew’s House for the Mentally Vulnerable, Birmingham in 1985. Dr Burgess holds numerous degrees and honorary degrees, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts. He was awarded CBE in 2009 for services to the voluntary and public sectors.
Dr Burgess commented, ‘Hanover is doing some important work in providing specialist housing for older people, and is pushing the boundaries in terms of developing fresh thinking that will influence the whole market in this critical area of our demographic. I am very much looking forward to working alongside its dynamic Chief Executive, Dame Clare Tickell, and supporting the whole organisation in its strategic ambitions.’