The Northern Housing Consortium has announced that its Chief Executive, Jo Boaden CBE will be retiring in May 2019 after leading the organisation since 2010.
Jo was instrumental in forming the Commission for Housing in the North, bringing together key figures within the housing sector and beyond to highlight Northern housing issues in Westminster, and to open up the debate on regeneration. She was also influential in setting up the All Party Parliamentary Group for Housing in the North, ensuring the NHC, as secretariat, brings the housing sector and parliamentarians together to discuss and debate Northern housing policy.
More recently, she led the NHC as they commissioned influential research piece, ‘The Hidden Costs of Poor Quality Housing in the North’, which highlights the increased health impacts of those living in unfit homes.
Jo has tirelessly supported the NHC’s membership to provide a strong Northern voice and was awarded the CBE in the 2018 New Year’s Honours list in recognition of her services to housing providers in the North, and won the ‘Woman of the Year’ award in the 2018 Women in Housing Awards.
The NHC Board conducted a rigorous recruitment exercise supported by external advisers, and Tracy Harrison, currently Deputy Chief Executive, has been appointed to the post of Chief Executive upon Jo’s retirement. Prior to joining the NHC in 2006, Tracy held a variety of senior marketing and business development posts in blue chip private sector organisations, including Fast Moving Consumer Goods giant, Robert McBride, and Sage Software. Tracy has been instrumental in growing the NHC’s commercial activities, enabling the NHC to increase its influencing role.
Tom Miskell, Chair, NHC said: “In her time as Chief Executive, Jo has led a successful transformational change agenda to position the NHC as the hugely influential and respected membership body that it is today. She has focused the organisations role in bringing members together with political stakeholders and other key figures in housing.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with Jo and know that she will be greatly missed by her colleagues, fellow Board members, and members alike. I’d like to thank Jo for the outstanding job that she has done and will continue to do as she leads the organisation until next year.”
Jo commented: “It has been a real privilege and a great pleasure to work with so many talented and committed people within the NHC, our Board, our membership and beyond. I will miss the NHC but will enjoy watching as Tracy takes the organisation from strength to strength.”