North West social housing consortium JV North has appointed its new Chairman.
Wayne Gales, Chief Executive at Weaver Vale Housing Trust, takes over from Nigel Wilson, in the post since 2013.
Mr Gales’ appointment was made at JV North’s Board meeting on 6 th November and sees him start with immediate effect.
Wilson, Chief Executive of JV North member Wythenshawe Community Housing Group, will leave his position at the end of the year to join Sunderland’s Gentoo Group as CEO.
Speaking on the appointment, Gales said: “The consortium has a rich history spanning more than a decade in which time members have delivered an incredible number of homes so I’m very proud to be appointed.
“Weaver Vale Housing Trust was one of the founding JV North members and we have always valued the role it plays delivering high quality, affordable homes.
“My appointment comes at crucial time.
“JV North is over half way through building 4,310 homes in the 2016/21 Shared Ownership Affordable Homes Programme, funded by members investing £452.5m and Homes England providing £138.9m in grant.
“We have to deliver these homes by April 2021 and continue exploring ways of being able to do more with Homes England wherever possible to address the housing crisis.”
Wilson said: “I would like to thank members and all our stakeholders for their hard work and support during my tenure not only with the consortium but also as Chief Executive at Wythenshawe Community Housing Group.
“I leave JV North in a strong position. It has a well-run development programme that is now one of the biggest in the country and continues to grow and flourish.”
JV North and Homes England have invested more than £1bn since the consortium formed in 2007. By 2021, it aims to have built 8,290 homes.