Berneslai Homes appoints Aspire Housing CEO as new chair

A photo of Sinéad Butters, the new chair of Berneslai Homes.

Barnsley Council’s housing company Berneslai Homes has appointed the Aspire Housing CEO Sinéad Butters as its new chair.

The appointment boosts the leadership of Berneslai Homes, an arms-length management organisation (ALMO) which manages 18,500 homes on behalf of the council in South Yorkshire.

Butters will help guide the ALMO as it supports Barnsley 2030, the council’s vision of what the borough could look like in ten years’ time.

Berneslai Homes’ chief executive Amanda Garrard said: ”I’m delighted that the board have appointed Sinéad as our new chair.

“With her wealth of experience in the housing sector I am looking forward to working with her to ensure Berneslai Homes continues to deliver excellent service to our tenants, make sure we look to the future to support the Barnsley 2030 vision, and evolve and adapt to continue delivering for Barnsley in this ever-changing environment.”

Butters currently serves as group chief executive of Aspire Housing, which provides homes and services for over 20,000 customers across Staffordshire and South Cheshire.

The housing association also comprises Staffordshire’s largest independent apprenticeship provider PM Training and the social regeneration charity Realise.

Butters also serves as non-executive director at Goram Homes in Bristol and for five years served as chair of the national housing network PlaceShapers, which appointed Leeds Federated Housing Association’s CEO Matthew Walker as her successor this summer.

In recent years Butters has received an MBE for services to housing and two honorary doctorates for her work supporting community-based solutions to the housing crisis.

Butters said: “I’m excited to be joining Berneslai Homes as the new chair and working with a great team under the fantastic leadership of Amanda Garrard.

“These are challenging times and I am keen we build upon the strong platform we have already established to deliver even better services for the people of Barnsley.

“I am also looking forward to working with the board to develop the new Strategic Plan which supports the Barnsley 2030 vision and sets out what we aim to achieve over the next 10 years.”

Butters will be formally appointed as the ALMO’s new chair at its upcoming annual general meeting on Thursday 24 September.

Image: Sinéad Butters, Aspire Housing’s group CEO and the new chair of Berneslai Homes. Credit: Berneslai Homes.

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