Tyne Housing has appointed Dr Annie Topping and Monica Burns as its new chair and vice chair respectively.
The appointments coincide with the organisation marking its 50th anniversary celebrations.
Topping is a registered nurse, and director of nursing at the NHS North East & North Cumbria Integrated Care Board. She takes on the role having been acting chair since January 2023.
Since moving to the UK over 30 years ago, Topping has held senior management and board level positions in a range of commissioning and provider organisations in the NHS, and the private sector.
Established in 1973, Tyne Housing provides housing, support, access to healthcare and what it says are innovative approaches to learning and skills. The organisation also invests in communities, with an emphasis on volunteering.
Tyne uses stable housing as a starting point to address health inequalities and engage in activities that help people move forward, the organisation says. The link between good health and good housing is what inspired Topping to take on the role, and explore how the skills and experience she has garnered can help further enhance its offering.
Topping said: “I am really honoured to be elected as chair. Tyne has always been there for the most vulnerable people in the North East, and its positive impacts on local communities go far beyond just housing. I would like to work with the board and the staff team and build on this success.”
Taking on the role of vice chair, Burns will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge of the housing sector to the organisation, having held a senior role in the National Housing Federation, helping to shape national housing policy – a position she held for 15 years.
Boasting a total of 30 years experience working in the sector, she has also worked in social housing, including carrying out research into rural homelessness with Northumbria University, and working with local authorities and voluntary sectors.
She also has experience working with large national housing associations, specialist housing associations, and rural housing associations.
Burns said: “I am delighted to be elected as the vice chair of Tyne housing. I have always supported and admired the essential work that Tyne carries out with some of the region’s most vulnerable residents. We have exciting and ambitious plans for the next few years and I am sure we will go from strength to strength.”
Main image: (Left to right) Dr Annie Topping, chair, and Monica Burns, vice chair, Tyne Housing
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