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Housing association appoints new chief executive


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Housing association appoints new chief executive Housing association appoints new chief executive

An Oxfordshire housing association has appointed a new chief executive.

Lorraine O’Brien will take up the reins at Cottsway Housing this October.

Ms O'Brien will replace interim chief executive Owen Ingram, who has led the team responsible for transforming both the services and culture of Cottsway during the past 18 months.

Previously the chief executive of Stevenage Borough Council's housing ALMO, Ms O'Brien was once executive director of Incommunities in Bradford, managing the stock transfer of 37,000 former council homes.

Currently working as a strategic housing consultant, she is also a board member of the Housing Diversity Network, and until 2013 was non-executive chair of Thera North, a registered charity for people with learning disabilities.

“I am really pleased and excited to be joining Cottsway at this time,” said Lorraine, who started her career more than 25 years ago as a housing assistant.

“Cottsway has made great strides in re-establishing its credibility and I am really keen to work with the Board and staff as we continue this journey and build on its achievements.

“The main priority is to continue providing excellent services for our residents while also ensuring that Cottsway employees keep getting the support they need to do just that, as the organisation moves forward.”

Kate Wareing, chair of Cottsway Housing's board, said: “The appointment of a permanent chief executive is the next important step in Cottsway’s journey and the recovery of which we are so proud.

“I am delighted to say that we involved residents, as well as the senior team and the whole board at Cottsway, in the recruitment process and everyone who met Lorraine was extremely impressed.

“Lorraine has an excellent track record of working with a variety of different housing providers and she has the right skills and experience to further improve Cottsway.”

Cottsway is the largest housing provider in West Oxfordshire and also owns properties across Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire, managing more than 4,500 homes.

Interim chief executive Owen Ingram said: “It’s just the right time to have our permanent chief executive in place. The staff are great here at Cottsway and the skills and experience which Lorraine brings will enable them to continue their journey of transformation.

“I look forward to welcoming Lorraine and wish her every success for the future.”


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