Metropolitan Thames Valley appoints new Chair

Althea Efunshile CBE will assume the position in March next year.


Metropolitan Thames Valley (MTVH) has today (26th November) announced the appointment of a new Chair of the Board.

Althea Efunshile CBE, who has had a 40-year public sector career, will assume the position on the 1st March 2020.

The role is currently held by Paula Kahn who is due to step down at the end of February.

During her extensive career, Efunshile is said to have gained senior leadership and management experience in education, children’s services and culture – working at both local and national levels of government.

Awarded a CBE in the 2016 birthday honours, she has been Deputy CEO at Arts Council England; a Senior Civil Servant within the Department of Education employed in various Director level roles all aimed at improving outcomes for disadvantaged and socially excluded children; and Executive Director of Education and Culture in the London Borough of Lewisham.

On her appointment, Efunshile said: “I’m delighted to be joining MTVH as Chair. Housing is a fundamental matter of social justice, and MTVH’s belief that everyone should have a home and the chance to live well, is absolutely right.

“I’m looking forward to meeting fellow board members, staff, tenants and stakeholders, and to playing a part in helping address one of the hugest social challenges of our time.”

Paula Kahn served as Chair of the Board of MTVH for over five years, before assuming the position of Chair following the merger with Thames Valley Housing in October 2018.

Khan said: “I am delighted that Althea will be my successor at MTVH. I have been so impressed by her commitment to and passion for social justice.

“She has shown herself to be influential, and rigorous in her approach to senior roles. Alongside this is her unflinching advocacy for a more diverse and inclusive workplace. I wish her every success.”

Geeta Nanda, CEO at MTVH added: “Althea will be joining MTVH at a time when we are really focussing on the future; transforming our services to residents and customers, providing new homes and creating great places to live, all while ensuring our effectiveness as an organisation.

“I’m very excited to work with her, and draw on her experience and expertise as we continue to build our new organisation.”

Image: Althea Efunshile by Philippa Gedge, 2014