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Housing provider Your Homes Newcastle (YHN) has announced the appointment of Tony Gates as their new Chair, who will take up the post from 1st January 2020.

Mr Gates has worked in landscape and heritage management for over 19 years and is an experienced senior executive and non-executive director, currently serving as Chief Executive of Northumberland National Park Authority and Lead National Parks Officer for England. He is also a member of the Council of the North East Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Board of Northumberland Tourism and the Kielder Partnership.

A graduate of the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, Mr Gates’ previous posts as a town planner have included Regeneration Manager for Chester City Council and working on the regeneration of Cardiff Bay.

Commenting on his appointment, Mr Gates said: “Your Homes Newcastle makes a significant contribution to the lives of a great number of people in the city. I believe Your Homes Newcastle is a forward looking and ambitious organisation and I am delighted to have the opportunity to serve alongside my fellow board members, our staff team and our key partners to provide high quality housing and support to our customers.”

Pat Ritchie, Newcastle City Council Chief Executive, said: “It is a pleasure to see someone of Tony’s experience take up the key role of Chair of YHN. His significant leadership experience in the region will be a huge asset to the organisation.”

“Housing remains a key priority for us all and I am pleased Tony will be joining YHN in the New Year to help continue the delivery of quality homes to residents with the support of new and existing board members, as well as the wider organisation.”

“I would also like to thank Jo Boaden for her leadership of the Board over the last two and a half years and the significant contribution she has made to housing in the city. I wish her all the best in her future endeavours.”

YHN have also appointed three new independent board members. Anne Cuthbertson, whose experience in the public and private sector and established networks within the region support YHN’s business development and growth strategy; Leisa Docherty, who has a strong commercial background and experience of delivering major transformational change from a HR perspective; and Lynne Blakey, a YHN tenant who comes with a background in partnership working with Health and Wellbeing and NHS commissioning.

Tina Drury, YHN Managing Director, said: “We are delighted to welcome Tony as our new Chair and I look forward to working alongside him and our new Board members.”

“Tony’s extensive skills and experience will be a great asset to YHN in helping us to achieve our audacious ambition to be first for housing, together with his guidance and support in helping us to deliver our strategic business strategy ‘Destination 2022’.