New board takes over running Daventry and District Housing

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A new, streamlined Board is now driving the ambitions of Futures Housing Group, which includes Daventry and District Housing (DDH), following a major governance review.

The organisation, which provides around 9,000 homes in Derbyshire and Northamptonshire, will move on a phased basis from around 30 board directors to just 12.

The company says the move is designed to make decision-making more efficient as well as creating a more dynamic, flexible board which is better structured to meet current and future challenges and to help support the Group’s ambitious growth plans.

Futures provides around 6,000 homes through Futures Homescape in Derbyshire and 3,000 homes through DDH in Northamptonshire and the new board will be supported by insight committees which will provide special, local focus on the two operating businesses.

Ian Toal succeeds Mark Flynn who steps down from the board having steered the group from its inception in 2007. Ian said: “I am very proud and excited to be the first chair of the newly structured board.

“Our revised governance arrangements mean decision-making will be more efficient as well as helping the business respond to future challenges in a more agile and dynamic way.

“It will also support our ambitious plans for the future around development, meeting our customers’ needs and being innovative in the way we work. This is an exciting time to be part of the Futures story.”

Lindsey Williams, group chief executive, said: “This is very much part of the natural evolution of the business and I’m really excited at the prospect of delivering big improvements for our customers, staff and our partners.”

The new board held its inaugural meeting on July 14.

The membership of the new board is:

Ian Toal, chair

Elaine Bradbury

Sophie Fitzhugh

Steve Hale

Sheila Hyde

David Leathley

Hari Punchihewa

Tony Taylor

Phil Tooley

Lindsey Williams

Plus two vacant posts