Mount Green Housing Association has announced the appointment of three new members to its board.
Following a competitive recruitment process with the board and Mount Green’s chief executive, Bill Flood, the organisation is welcoming David Hunter as chair, Peter Gardiner as vice chair, and Kel Swinnerton as a non-executive director.
Mount Green says the new additions bring a wide range of expertise at a time of pivotal change, as housing associations continue to tackle the housing crisis and support tenants impacted by COVID-19.
After seven years in leadership, Linda Convery retires as chair, while former vice chair Robert Pearce continues to serve the board as part of Mount Green’s Audit and Risk Committee.
Mount Green’s newly appointed chair, David Hunter (pictured above), has worked in housing throughout his entire career, championing the involvement of residents in the development of housing providers’ operational services and approach to governance.
Hunter is also currently the resident services director at The Hyde Group and serves as vice chair of Loddon Homes.
Commenting on his appointment, Hunter said: “Whilst these are challenging times for our sector, I’m excited to be joining a team focussed on putting residents at the heart of its thinking and building on Mount Green’s rich history to provide more much-needed and good-quality homes that people can thrive in.”
Sitting alongside Hunter is vice chair Peter Gardiner, who currently serves as director of Financial Services at Southern Housing Group and was the former chair of Thrive Homes.
On his appointment, Peter said: “I’m looking forward to working with the board and the executive team to build on the hard work and strong foundations established by previous colleagues to ensure an even brighter future for Mount Green and its residents.”
Peter is also a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, a fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management, and is the resources director and deputy CEO at Ability Housing.
Mount Green’s final appointment is lawyer Kel Swinnerton, who currently serves as fee-paid judge in several chambers of the First-tier Tribunal.
Bringing a wealth of legal, regulatory, and governance experience, Kel will be supporting the organisation in the strengthening of its current scrutiny processes.
“It’s an exciting time to be joining the organisation, and I’m looking forward to play my part in shaping and contributing to the organisation’s future,” said Kel.
After seven years in leadership, Linda Convery has retired as chair from the Board, whilst former vice chair Robert Pearce will continue sitting on the Board as part of the organisation’s Audit and Risk Committee.
Established in 1962, Mount Green is an independent housing association with around 1,700 homes across Surrey and Sussex.
Main image: David Hunter, chair, Mount Green
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