The government has appointed three new non-executive members to the Regulator of Social Housing (RSH)’s board.
Geoff Smyth, Kalpesh Brahmbhatt and Sukhvinder Kaur-Stubbs have been appointed to the RSH’s board for the next three years by the rough sleeping and housing minister Eddie Hughes MP. They will join the board from 1 July 2021.
The trio will add to the experience on the RSH’s board as the regulator looks to develop its proactive consumer regulation function following the publication of the Social Housing White Paper.
Commenting on the appointments, Simon Dow, interim chair of the RSH’s board, said: “I am delighted to welcome Geoff, Kalpesh and Sukhvinder to the board of the RSH; collectively they bring with them a wide range of skills and experience from a number of different backgrounds.
“These appointments will support the RSH in maintaining confidence in the viability and stability of the social housing sector, and provide us with invaluable experience as we develop our proactive consumer regulation role.”
Smyth currently serves as chair of Origin Broadband and is an independent management consultant, specialising in technology and customer service across multiple sectors. He previously held the role of chief operating officer at Talk Talk until 2014 and led the Post Office’s telecommunications business until 2017.
Across his career Smyth has worked both in Australia and the United States, leading Ford Motor Company’s global contact centre organisation and TeleTech’s Federal Government customer service subsidiary.
Brahmbhatt has over 20 years’ experience of working for UK regulators across several sectors, including communications, water, railways, energy and financial services. He is currently a senior consultant for PwC’s economics and policy consultancy business.
Kaur-Stubbs is a board member and chair of regeneration for the London Legacy Development Corporation, which covers London’s Olympic Park and the surrounding area.
She has previously served on the boards of the Home Group and Swan housing associations, and has also held senior roles with the West Midlands Regional Development Agency, Black Country Development Corporation and English Partnerships.
Kaur-Stubbs will bring consumer regulation and inclusion expertise to the RSH from her work with the Cabinet Office’s Better Regulation Executive, Severn Trent Water, Barrow Cadbury and the Runnymede Trust.
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