Anne Parker joined the Board in October 2019, and was previously Vice Chair. She has spent the last 30 years working in a consulting capacity with a range of public, private and charity organisations including a number in the social housing sector. Mrs Parker is a non-executive director with Prosper UK. She is a mentor with the Girls Network, has chaired a governing body of a primary school in North Tyneside and previously chaired the Institute of Directors Women on Board group.
Mrs Parker becomes Chair at a critical stage for YHN, following confirmation Newcastle City Council will close YHN in the biggest change to council housing in the city for almost two decades. The changes will see all services currently delivered by YHN on behalf of the council and the people who deliver them become part of the council.
Commenting on her appointment, Mrs Parker said: “For almost 20 years, Your Homes Newcastle has delivered services to tenants and leaseholders in council properties. They’ve been there when it matters most to people, helping residents find the right home at the right time and ensuring people feel happy and comfortable in the space that is most precious to them. I welcome the opportunity to serve alongside my fellow board members and our staff team to ensure a smooth transition of housing management and services to Newcastle City Council.”
In a further senior appointment to the YHN Board, Bill Tebay was named Vice Chair. He joined the Board in April 2020. Mr Tebay is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing and has worked in social and affordable housing throughout a long and successful career.
Rachel Taylor, YHN Managing Director, said: “We are delighted to appoint Anne as our new Chair and I look forward to working alongside her and Bill as the new Vice Chair. “Anne has been a key board member for a number of years and her extensive skills and experience are a great asset to YHN.”
Pam Smith, Chief Executive at Newcastle City Council, said: “I welcome the appointment of Anne as Chair and Bill as Vice-Chair of the YHN Board. I believe their knowledge and experience will be invaluable to the successful transfer of housing services from YHN to the council. I look forward to working with them both.”
Both Mrs Parker and Mr Tebay have taken up their new roles immediately.