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Trafford Housing Trust appoints new chairman of the board
TRAFFORD Housing Trust (THT) has appointed a new chairman of the board.
Edna Robinson, who lives in the borough, will take over from Bernard Knight, who held the post for almost five years.
THT is one of the largest registered social landlords in Greater Manchester and was set up the government following the stock transfer of homes under the previous ownership of Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council in 2005.
Mrs Robinson said: “I am delighted to take on this position at such a vital time for the future direction of social housing.
“I’m looking forward immensely to working with the board and the executive team, and continuing to develop the positive relationships between the trust, and the homes and communities agency, and Trafford local authority.
Mrs Robinson is also the Chairman of the Big Life group of companies, one of the largest social enterprises in the country and includes the Big Issue in the North magazine.
“Achieving social justice has always been at the heart of the decisions that I have made, an objective made challenging in the current policy context, particularly with the redefinition of housing benefit eligibility,” she said.
THT is an independent not-for-profit registered charity, which manages 9,000 homes in the borough, as well as providing housing advice and support.
THT chief executive, Matthew Gardiner, said: “Edna joins us with a proven track record of taking big decisions in large organisations in social care, healthcare and social enterprise.
I am sure she will be a massive asset to the trust as we move towards our 10 year anniversary as an independent charity, and as the policy landscape compels us to think in new ways to improve and extend the services we provide.”
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