Government appoints three to Housing Corporation

The government has announced three new appointments to the Board of the Housing Corporation.

The new members are Candy Atherton, Kate Barker and Donald Hoodless. They replace Yvonne Hutchinson, Ivan Monckton and Andrew Winckler who stepped down on September 30 2005.

In addition, Shaukat Moledina, Deputy Chair, Sheila Drew Smith, Sandi O’Neill and Julie Fawcett, whose terms of appointment also ended on September 30, have each been reappointed for three years from October 1.

Yvette Cooper, Housing Minister, says the new appointments would provide a strong complement to the skills and experience of current board members. Cooper says: I have been struck by the very clear passion for housing that our three new board members have.

Kate Barker has an excellent knowledge at a strategic level and very good housing connections, while Candy Atherton has a long track record of political and community leadership, and strong regional networks. Donald Hoodless brings to the board invaluable knowledge of both policy and delivery in the social housing sector.

I am pleased that Shaukat Moledina has agreed a second term. His strong business credentials and understanding of northern, diversity, and care issues are invaluable to the Board. As well, Sheila Drew Smith has a strong governance role, and her links with the Audit Commission are very valuable.

Sandi O’Neill is contributing much in the governance-audit area, backed by her considerable regulatory experience, whilst Julie Fawcett who is making an important contribution in respect of diversity, plays a key ambassadorial role, particularly in disadvantaged communities.

The three appointments, which took effect from October 1, are for three years, for two to three days per month, involving remuneration of 12,362 per annum.