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Helen Collins steps down as chair of CIH


Helen Collins has resigned from her post as chair of the Chartered Institute of Housing’s (CIH) Governing Board.

Helen - a former CIH president and vice president - is stepping down as chair of CIH at the end of March as part of a wider career move from Bromford Housing Group into consultancy.

After six years serving as a trustee with CIH and employed with Bromford, she has decided the time is right to move on and plans to work as a self employed consultant so she can work more flexibly and spend more time with her young daughter before she takes up her next senior position. Helen worked in housing consultancy for several years prior to joining Bromford and she feels this move will deliver the balance she is looking for right now.

She will hand over duties on Monday, April 2 to Yvonne Leishman, the vice chair of the Governing Board, whilst recruitment for a new chair takes place.

Robin Lawler, president of CIH, said: “It’s been a privilege to work with someone with such immense talent, experience and enthusiasm for housing.

“Helen has been an energetic, committed and inspirational leader, who has been instrumental in bringing forward the transformation of our organisation for the last two years.

“She leaves behind her a more accountable, transparent and inclusive CIH, which is in no small part due to her achievements. Helen leaves with mine, Grainia’s and all at CIH’s best wishes for the future.”

Helen said: “My aim was to help transform CIH’s governance to deliver greater accessibility and transparency for members and now that’s happened I feel delighted to be able to leave the organisation in good hands.

“I am privileged and honoured to have made such a journey with CIH, which has been an incredibly important and fantastic organisation to have been involved with.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my six years working first on the Management Board and now with the Governing Board and I have absolutely no doubt that I am leaving the organisation in a very positive place. In Grainia Long, the organisation has an impressive CEO with a cool headed approach and practical solutions, and I wish her and all at CIH the very best.”


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•    Bromford Housing Group

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