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whg welcomes new Board and Committee members

whg has made six new Board and Committee appointments after taking up the challenge to increase the diversity across the Board and Committees.
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The leading Midland’s landlord was one of the first housing associations to sign up to the National Housing Federation’s Chairs’ Challenge, a public commitment to creating a Board that is more equal, diverse and inclusive.

As part of the challenge, whg altered its Board recruitment process to ensure it was accessing all available talent and reaping the benefits of diversity. This included creating a new recruitment pack and running the campaign directly, utilising existing community networks and social media platforms to spread the message and widen the applicant base.

Dawn Hendon, Corporate Director of Governance and Compliance said: “It’s really important that we are properly representative of the people we serve. By changing our recruitment process we had a great response to our vacancies, and reached a wider range of candidates than we have managed to do previously.

“Our newest members have a range of skills, knowledge and lived experience which will help enrich our governance discussions and decisions.”

The new members are:

Deborah Walthorne – has joined as a Board Member and Deputy Chair of the Audit and Assurance Committee. Deborah is a change consultant with 35 years’ experience in social housing and the public sector.

Katie Kershaw – has joined as a Board Member and Chair of the Commercial Coterminous Boards. Katie is an urban designer and heritage consultant, with a passion for placemaking for all. She is a director of Birmingham-based built environment consultancy, Node.

Parminder Dosanjh – has joined as a Board Member. Now Creative Director of one of Arts Council’s Creative People and Places programmes, Parminder co-leads Creative Black Country. Her role focusses on co -design, placemaking and amplifying the assets in the region through creative process.

Craig Varian – has joined as an independent Member of the Development Committee.  Craig is Director of Estates for the DWP,  the largest leasehold commercial estate in central Government. He leads a team of several hundred property professionals and a supply chain of c10k people responsible for the running and development of the estate.

Carolyn Palmer-Fagan – has joined as an independent Member of the Customer Service Oversight Committee. She has worked in social housing for the last 35 years, including in the West Midlands, with a focus on service delivery. Carolyn is currently Rents Manager at Tower Hamlets Homes.

Brent Walters-Mabbott – has joined as an independent Member of the Customer Service Oversight Committee.  Brent is a whg customer and a member of whg’s customer focus group. He has a passion for social change and improving communities to make them safe havens for all who live there.

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