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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing

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A northern social landlord has strengthened its board with the appointment of a new chair (designate) and three new members.

David Craig will take over as chair of Leeds and Yorkshire Housing Association (LYHA) board in September, succeeding Robert Sladdin who is retiring.

Mr Craig is the chief executive of Actual Analytics, which produces behaviour analysis software for scientists. He is also a commercial advisor to Edinburgh University and has an MBA from Strathclyde Graduate Business School.

Furthermore, he is a director of Educate the Kids, a charity which builds orphanages and schools in Kenya and the Gambia.

Joining Mr Craig on the 1,200-home provider's board are Jack Harrington, Matt Bowen and customer board member Adele Rae.

Mr Harrington is a partner and head of the social housing team at Manchester law firm Pannone Corporate. He advises on all aspects of employment law and has acted for organisations in the social housing sector for over 15 years. He currently provides employment support to a number of registered social landlords across the country.

Mr Bowen leads the policy and research team at social enterprise Our Life, where he is responsible for developing research capacity and leads on the audit and evaluation of the organisation’s work.

He has over 10 years' experience in research and has worked on projects spanning the public, private and academic sectors, leading projects for the NHS, housing associations, trusts and local government.

Lisa Pickard, LYHA’s chief executive, said: “We are delighted to have recruited such high-calibre Board members who wholeheartedly buy into what we are about and share our values, our passion for making a difference locally and, importantly, can help shape us into the future, building on our past and ensuring an exciting future.

“We are committed to ensuring excellence in governance and this is reflected in our top rating for Governance and Viability from the Homes and Communities Agency. I’d like to thank our outgoing Chair Robert Sladdin and members Stephen Bateson and Bruce Collinson, all of whom are retiring from the board, and who helped us to get to the strong position we are in today.

“The strength of our Board is vital in ensuring LYHA rises to the future challenges we, as a housing association and the wider housing sector, face and I am thrilled to welcome the new members to join us on the next phase of our exciting journey.”

David Craig said: “I am delighted to be joining LYHA as a board member and chair. Social housing is becoming more and more important, especially in the current economic climate. Forward-looking associations like LYHA, by not only being a landlord but by working closely with key programmes like Real Life Reform, will make the difference the sector needs.

“There is a super energetic and focused chief executive, Lisa Pickard, who with her team will continue to build upon their successes and I believe deliver a great experience for LYHA customers. Chairing the board that will help them deliver that is an honour and I really look forward to the next several years."

LYHA has plans to build more than 200 new homes and is in the process of securing new borrowing of £13 million.

It recently received confirmation of nearly £2m grant funding from the Homes and Communities Agency to support 70 new homes.

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