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New chief executive appointed at CIH


A new chief executive has been appointed at the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH). Terrie Alafat, who is currently director of housing at the Department for Communities and Local Government in England, will take up her new role in mid-April.

Terrie AlafatTerrie has worked in the civil service since 2003, covering various housing policies including homelessness, supporting people, affordable housing and housing supply.  Before moving to the UK 30 years ago she was involved in educational research and evaluation in Chicago schools.

She started her career in the UK in social services policy development at a local authority and she was director of housing and corporate strategy at Kensington and Chelsea until 2002, before moving to the Government Office for London where she was responsible for housing and local government.

Terrie said: “I am delighted to be joining CIH and I look forward to working closely with members, colleagues and the board to support the housing profession to deliver decent, affordable housing across the UK and further afield.”

CIH governing board chair Turlogh O’Brien said: “We’re very happy that Terrie is joining us.  I know that she has the right skills and experience to lead CIH’s growth strategy, to make sure that we are providing the best possible support for housing professionals and to make sure that we continue to place our members at the heart of everything we do.”

CIH president Steve Stride said: “Terrie is joining us at an incredibly important time for housing as the general election approaches in May and as we continue to debate the extent and impact of further devolution.  Her wealth of strategic experience will guide us through this period and I'm looking forward to working with her.”

Terrie will replace current chief executive Grainia Long, who is returning to Ireland to become chief executive at the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.  Grainia will leave CIH in mid-February, when deputy chief executive Gavin Smart will take up the role of interim chief executive until Terrie’s arrival.


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  • ?Great News for CIH

    Howarth, Andrew
  • ?I am delighted to know that we have a new competent boss to make the CIH progress and move forward by taking very important decisions and if i can even volunteered for the association on mondays, wednesdays, fridays and saturdays, i will be the most happy person on hearth! Merry Christmas and a happy new year 2015.

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