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New Board chair wants to increase development programme

New Board chair Vivienne Horton with former chair Andrew Frayling

Building new homes and meeting the targets in our corporate plan are the goals for the new chair of our Board.

That’s the message from Vivienne Horton after taking on the reins at the south west housing association last week. She’s been appointed as chair, taking over from Andrew Frayling who stood down at last week’s Board meeting. Andrew had been chair since 2011 and will continue to serve on the Board.

Vivienne first joined our Board in November 2012 and had been deputy chair since September 2015.

She said: “I think it’s a really exciting time with the constantly changing operating environment that we have got. We’re two years into our corporate plan and we’ve made really good progress on that so far. There’s still some way to go but I’m really pleased with what’s been achieved in the past two years, especially on the development front. There’s been a massive step change from what we were doing before and I’m looking forward to Merlin continuing to build new homes at an even faster rate.

“I think we have a great Board and an excellent executive team ,we work really well together and I’m looking forward to moving onwards and upwards.”

Vivienne has considerable experience in the public sector outside of her time with Merlin. She is a solicitor by background and worked in government reorganisation she took on a number of part time roles between 2009 and 2015 including Director and Head of Public Sector Team at Kennedy Cater, where she ensured organisations received best value for legal services and also Director of Risk at Standards for England, a national strategic regulator responsible for local authority standards committees .

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