G15 landlord The Hyde Group appoints new chair

Mike Kirk, chair of South East housing association VIVID, will replace the 50,000-home landlord's current chair Alan Collett this autumn.

The G15 landlord The Hyde Group has appointed Mike Kirk, chair of South East housing association VIVID, as its new chair.

Kirk has been chair elect since Wednesday 7 April and will take up his new position as chair of Hyde’s board this autumn.

Kirk will replace the 50,000-home landlord’s current chair Alan Collett, who is stepping down after three years in the role having completed his maximum term.

Elise Akinsanya, chair of the Hyde Group’s remuneration and appointments committee, said: “We are delighted that Mike will be joining Hyde as chair of the board at a time when the focus is on sustainability and enhancing social value. Mike’s valuable experience positions him well to steer Hyde in its journey to provide affordable homes.

“We would also like to thank our departing chair Alan Collett for his exceptional guidance and governance over the past three years.”

Kirk has been chair of the Hampshire-based housing association VIVID since 2017 and has experience in both executive and non-executive roles.

Kirk’s career background covers engineering, investment banking, PR and communications, having previously served as chair for KBC Environmental Limited and Portsmouth Water.

Kirk has acted as executive chairman for Quadrise Fuels International plc, an oil-in-water emulsion fuels company, since April 2016.

Commenting on his appointment, Kirk said: “I am honoured and excited to be joining Hyde as chair elect. It’s an influential and progressive housing association with a rich history.

“Hyde has ambitious plans to accelerate its ability to deliver its vision of “a great home for everyone” and I look forward to working with our residents, my board colleagues and the entire team at Hyde to enable this.”

Kirk will support the rest of Hyde’s board in working to achieve the ambitions the housing association has set out in its 2050 Strategic Plan.

Hyde, which manages around 50,000 homes in London and the South East of England, aims to deliver around 2,000 new homes a year by 2025.

Image: Mike Kirk, The Hyde Group’s new chair elect. Credit: The Hyde Group.

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