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Tributes paid as CIH chairman Turlogh O'Brien set to leave role


Chartered Institute of Housing chief executive Terrie Alafat (pictured) has paid tribute to chairman Turlogh O’Brien after he announced he is to step down from the role.

Mr O’Brien will leave his role as chairman of CIH’s governing board on 31 March after six years to take on a role on the council of University College London and fellow board member Geraldine Howley will take over as interim chair while a decision is made on a permanent replacement.

Mr O'Brien said: “After my six years as chair of CIH’s governing board, it is time for a change.

“I wish Geraldine Howley, Terrie Alafat and all at CIH all the best for a successful future in support of all who work in housing, not least those who are CIH members.

"The role of housing professionals is more important today than it has ever been. I admire the work that they do and it has been a great privilege to be part of the team at CIH providing support to our members. I am also very proud of the quality of the work that is done by the organisation to influence housing policy.

“Given the scale of the challenges facing the housing profession the need for knowledge, skills and expertise is greater than ever and that means the role of the professional body will be crucial in the coming years.”

Terrie Alafat CBE, chief executive of CIH, said: “Turlogh has been an exceptional ambassador for CIH and professional housing and has overseen a challenging, but nonetheless successful period for the housing sector and our organisation.

“We thank Turlogh for the passion and energy he has given to CIH during his time as chairman of our board and wish him all the best.

“We are delighted that Geraldine Howley will be taking over as interim chair while the decision over a permanent replacement is made. Geraldine has a huge amount of experience on our governing board and is a former president.”

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