Cardiff Community Housing Association (CCHA) has appointed experienced social housing professional, Mike Owen as its new Chair.

Mike will take over from Duncan Forbes who will be stepping down in September, and has been Chair at the housing association since June 2018.

Duncan said. “I am delighted to announce the appointment of Mike Owen as Chair of CCHA. I have known Mike for many years as a colleague Chief Executive within Wales. Mike is a dedicated housing professional and has extensive experience in the housing sector at board and executive level, having worked in housing for more than 30 years.   Mike encompasses all the values that CCHA has at its heart, and I know he will continue to ensure that CCHA is developing and learning to the benefit of our diverse communities and stakeholders, ensuring its ongoing success. CCHA will be in good hands.”

Mr Owen said of his new role: “I am honoured to be appointed as Chair to support CCHA reach its full potential.

“I believe that housing associations play an important role in Wales; as investors in regenerating communities, creating employment and opportunity and supporting local authorities in housing the most vulnerable.  I am deeply committed to high quality social housing and believe that this is best achieved by giving tenants a strong voice in decision making.

I am looking forward to supporting the Executive team and board, and creating a culture of doing the right thing.”

Hayley Selway, Chief Executive said “Mike is a perfect fit for CCHA and our plans going forward however I would like to thank Duncan Forbes for his support as Chair, during what has been a difficult time for CCHA. Under Duncan’s leadership, the organisation has made huge strides forward, including receiving a revised Regulatory Judgement and with the support of the board, executive team and dedicated staff has ensured that tenants are our top priority.”