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CHANGE TO HOUSING CORPORATION BOARD INCLUDE FORMER BARNSLEY MBC CHAIRMAN

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Former Barnsley MBC inspection advisory committee chairman Shaukat...
Former Barnsley MBC inspection advisory committee chairman Shaukat

Moledina is one of five new appointments to the board of the Housing

Corporation.

From 1 December new members will also include Sheila Drew Smith,

Julie Fawcett, Sandi O'Neill and John Walker. They succeed Sylvia

Denman, John Foster and Peter Williams, all of whom who retired on

30 September.

The appointments, together with the reappointment of Ivan Monckton,

bring the board up to its maximum capacity of 15, position the

corporation well to drive forward the government's challenging

housing agenda.

Housing minister, Jeff Rooker, said:

'I am very pleased to announce these new appointments. Each member

will bring to the table a particular focus or area of expertise which

will widen the board's overall perspective and lend strength and

experience to its decision making.

'I am also pleased that Ivan Monckton has agreed to serve a second

term. His insight and expertise on rural housing issues is highly

valued.

'English Partnerships' presence on the corporation's board, in the

person of John Walker, acting chief executive, sends a clear signal

about our commitment to promote closer working relationships between

the two organisations. And I am pleased to announce that Norman

Perry, chief executive of the corporation, has similarly been

appointed to English Partnerships Board.'

The minister added that the corporation now has all the skills and

resources needed to continue to play a positive role in responding to

the new demanding agenda for social and affordable housing.

Notes

1. The Housing Corporation is the non-departmental public body

responsible for registering, regulating, funding and promoting the

proper performance of non-profit-making registered social landlords.

There are over 2000 RSLs, providing about 1.6 million homes for over

3 million people.

2. The Corporation will provide funding of£1.3bn for RSLs in

2003/04 through its Approved Development Programme. This covers

new-build and renovation schemes providing homes for sub-market rent

and for sale under low cost home ownership initiatives. The Challenge

Fund initiative, announced in September, topsliced£200m from the ADP

to provide 4,400 new affordable homes in London and south-east

England. Some 2,500 of these will be for key workers and at least

1,800 will be built using modern methods of construction.

3. The DPM announced at the Urban Summit in October his intention to

appoint English Partnerships' and the Corporation's chief executives

to their respective boards. The two NDPBs will in future work closely

together to deliver government policy on affordable housing in south-

east England. These ex-officio appointments are intended to

facilitate greater organisational understanding and co-operation

between the Housing Corporation and English Partnerships.

- Sheila Drew Smith is an independent management consultant

specialising in business and organisational appraisal. She also

serves occasionally as an independent assessor for the office for

the commissioner of public appointments.

She currently chairs the Tower Hamlets Housing Action Trust,

contributing to the physical and social regeneration of Bow in the

East End of London. This appointment was made by the secretary of

state for environment, transport and the regions, and attracts

remuneration of£33,497 per year.

Her previous career as an economist included working for the Treasury,

and as a partner in Deloitte Haskins and Sells (later Coopers and

Lybrand). She has been chair of Broadmoor Hospital Authority, vice

chair of Circle 33 Housing Association and board member of Ordnance

Survey. In addition, she has been a trustee of the Centre for

Economic Policy and Research and a governor of the University of East

London.

Sheila is a member of the Labour Party.

- Julie Fawcett has been a local authority tenant for 22 years. She

chairs the Stockwell Park Community Trust, a Tenant Management

Organisation and charity running a youth project for local young

people.

She has been a lay visitor to Lambeth police stations and a board

member of Brixton Challenge. She was co-opted to the board of the

Waltham Forest Housing Action Trust until 2002.

She has strong tenant links in south London and the north of England.

- Shaukat Moledina is the non-executive chairman of Amocura

(Holdings) Ltd, which provides healthcare consultancy and care

services through a network of care homes. Prior to this, he was

chairman of a management consultancy specialising in working at

board level to advise and implement major change strategies.

Shaukat was appointed in 2001 by the secretary of state for health to

the Board of the National Care Standards Commission, which attracts

remuneration of£5,294 per year. He was also appointed by the health

secretary to the unpaid position of special trustee for St Mary's

Hospital, Paddington.

He is currently a trustee of Save the Children, and has held previous

board positions with English Churches Housing Association and Ealing

NHS Trust. He also chaired Barnsley MBC's inspection advisory

committee and was a member the North Yorkshire College of Health

Studies.

- Sandi O'Neill has been a consultant in the non-profit sector,

specialising in governance, strategy, operational and

organisational planning since 1995. She has an MBA from the London

Business School and a background in private equity finance,

latterly as a director of Mercury Asset Management.

Sandi is a part-time member of the Financial Services and Markets

Tribunal, appointed by the lord chancellor, for which she receives

£212 per day, and an independent member of the Advisory Board of the

Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, for which she receives£2,000

per year. In addition, she serves a lay member of the Law Society's

Compliance Board and of the Adjudication Panel of the Office for the

Supervision of Solicitors, having been appointed to both by the

master of the rolls.

Sandi has been closely involved with Shelter, the National Campaign

for Homeless People, since 1996. She resigned as a trustee prior to

taking up her appointment with the Corporation.

- Ivan Monckton has been reappointed for a second term until 30

September 2005, having served since April 1999. He is a

self-employed countryside conservation contractor and secondhand

bookshop owner who lives in Wales. He represents the Rural,

Agricultural and Allied Workers' National Committee on the TGWU

General Executive and is a member of the Radnor Local Access Forum.

He is a member of HSE's agricultural industry advisory committee,

and a TGWU representative on the Agricultural Wages Board for

England and Wales. Both these appointments are unpaid. Ivan is a

member of the Labour Party. 5. These appointments will expire on 30

September 2005. Each will receive remuneration of£11,530 per annum

for a commitment of between 4 and 5 days per month.

- John Walker is the acting chief executive of English Partnerships

and director for finance and administration. He serves as the EP

representative on the boards of the English Cities Fund (General

Partner) Ltd, Priority Sites Ltd and Priority Sites Investment Ltd

- EP's joint venture with The Royal Bank of Scotland -, Network

Space Ltd, and on the Sunderland and the Tees Valley Urban

Regeneration Companies. These positions do not attract

remuneration.

His appointment to the Housing Corporation Board is for the duration

of his tenure as acting chief executive of English Partnerships.

In a corresponding move, Dr Norman Perry, chief executive of the

Housing Corporation has been appointed to English Partnerships'

board, for as long as he is the chief executive of the Housing

Corporation. As ex-officio members of each board, neither chief

executive will receive remuneration for these additional

responsibilities.

6. Under the Housing Association Act 1985, the maximum membership of

the Housing Corporation Board is 15. From 1 December 2002, its

membership is:

Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde - chairman,

Eric Armitage - deputy chairman,

Richard Arthur,

Sheila Button,

Sheila Drew Smith,

Julie Fawcett,

Geraldine Huka,

Yvonne Hutchinson,

Sir Duncan Michael,

Shaukat Moledina,

Ivan Monckton,

Sandi O'Neill,

Dr Norman Perry - chief executive,

John Walker - acting chief executive of English Partnerships, ex-officio,

Andrew Winckler.

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