Connect Housing appoints new director of finance

Millichamp moves to the Leeds-based social landlord from Yorkshire Housing where he'd served as director of finance since 2015.
Guy Millichamp, Connect Housing's new director of finance and resources, outside.
Guy Millichamp, Connect Housing’s new director of finance and resources. Credit: Connect Housing

The Leeds-based housing association Connect Housing has appointed Guy Millichamp as its new director of finance and resources.

Millichamp moves to the 3,400-home social landlord from Yorkshire Housing where he’d served as director of finance since 2015.

A chartered accountant, Millichamp will be responsible for Connect’s financial services, business assurance, and information services.

Connect is currently delivering its business transformation programme, which includes the launch of a new brand and corporate strategy alongside a major IT implementation project.

Millichamp takes over from Sean Flynn, who is retiring after serving as Connect’s director of finance for almost 20 years.

Commenting on his appointment, Millichamp said: “There is a lot of change happening right now at Connect and I am most looking forward to helping drive forward the business transformation programme.

“I am particularly impressed by Connect’s belief in the strength of partnership working, and its values, which are focused on doing the right thing.”

Millichamp has spent his career working in the not-for-profit sector, having started work with Oxfam and York St John University before entering housing at English Churches Housing in 1997.

As director of finance for the Bradford-based Brunel Housing, he joined Yorkshire Housing in 2006 when Brunel joined the Yorkshire Housing group.

Millichamp has also been a board member at Rochdale Boroughwide Housing since 2017.

Welcoming Millichamp to Connect, Connect’s chief executive Helen Lennon said: “It is great to have Guy on board. He brings a wealth of experience and is a valuable addition to our leadership team at an exciting time of change.

“The whole team at Connect would also like to wish Sean a really happy retirement and thank him for everything he has done to make Connect the organisation it is today. He will definitely be missed.”

Connect Housing provides 3,400 homes across West Yorkshire for a variety of different types of households. It also offers a wide range of support services and runs Thrive, a community space and café in Dewsbury.

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