Ashby resigns from HCA to take role as association Chair

Julian Ashby will join Paradigm’s board as chair in April after leaving the Homes and Communities Agency with immediate effect.


Julian Ashby has swapped the board of the HCA regulation committee with the board of housing association Paradigm.

Ashby has chosen to stand down at this point to ensure there is “appropriate and transparent separation” between chairing the regulator and taking up his new role.

The Deputy Chair, Simon Dow, will chair the Regulation Committee whilst a longer-term appointment is completed in the next few weeks.

Mr Ashby has been Chair of the Regulation Committee since 2012 when the regulator became part of the Homes and Communities Agency.

He successfully led the committee through extensive changes, including a complete revision of the regulatory framework in 2015 and the changes made following the ONS reclassification of housing associations to the public sector.

He also oversaw the regulator’s successful response to the failure at Cosmopolitan and the introduction of the system of In Depth Assessments.

Julian Ashby said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed and been privileged to have had the opportunity of chairing the Regulator of Social Housing.

“We have ensured that the regulator has kept pace with developments in the sector, and through the introduction of requirements such as stress testing have helped the sector withstand its various challenges while continuing to build and manage the homes that the country so badly needs.

“I would like to pay tribute to the hard work and dedication of my fellow committee members and all staff at the Regulator of Social Housing.

“It is through all their efforts that I feel I leave the regulator in a strong position as I move onto new challenges. I wish them all the best in the future.”

Simon Dow said: “Julian has provided excellent leadership of the regulator over the last six years. His experience of the social housing sector and his balance of support and challenge have proved invaluable in maintaining the effectiveness of regulation through a period of significant change.”

Ashby also spent three years as deputy chair of the Tenant Services Authority as part of an extensive and varied career over more than 30 years in the social housing sector.

Ashby said on his new role: “I look forward to joining Paradigm’s board in April, as it enters its 30th anniversary year.

“It broke new ground in the sector when it was founded in 1988 as the first large-scale voluntary stock transfer association.

“My shared purpose with the board and Paradigm staff will be to make a renewed commitment to the social housing mission, and to stretch the group to make the very best use of its resources to provide more homes for people who need them.”

Matthew Bailes, chief executive of Paradigm Housing said: “Paradigm has been through significant change to improve our financial strength and service performance.

“I’d like to thank David Easson for his dedicated service to Paradigm. He has led a major reform of our governance arrangements and I am delighted that, with Julian Ashby as chair, we will be able to build on our ambitions to help those in housing need.”


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