Essex-based home provider Swan Housing Association has confirmed that Pat Billingham will take up the post of chair of the board, with effect from October 1, 2021 when Swan’s existing chair, Valerie Owen OBE, concludes her current term of office.
Billingham is an experienced non-executive director with extensive experience in public companies and regulated businesses, including having served as as vice chair of G15 Catalyst Housing Limited. She brings 17 years of experience as a partner at global tax and accountancy practice Ernst & Young, where she held strategic business leadership roles and advised multi-national, blue chip, and FTSE 100 clients on international and domestic tax strategies, outsourcing and transformational change.
Billingham joins Swan as it moves forward with its newly implemented corporate strategy and brings a strong commitment to the strategy’s values of building customer trust, diversity and financial resilience.
Billingham commented: “I am very much looking forward to starting my role as chair at Swan Housing Association and in leading the organisation to deliver the new strategy which was launched in October 2020. While many customer facing organisations have similar ambitions to our own about putting the customer first, I believe we have a particular responsibility to our customers as their lives will be affected if they do not feel safe and comfortable in their homes and neighbourhoods. To deliver on our commitments, we need to ensure that we remain focused on our core values and that we continue to combine innovation and ambition from a financially sound base. Our commitment to diversity and inclusiveness will support us to address the many challenges facing the housing sector in the short and long term. I look forward to leading Swan to play our part in improving lives and building strong communities.”
Image: New chair of Swan’s board of directors Pat Billingham, courtesy Swan Housing Association.