Greater Manchester housing association appoints new chief executive

First Choice Homes Oldham has appointed Donna Cezair to succeed interim CEO Keith Wrate starting this month.
An aerial view of Oldham town centre. Credit: Matthew Rees

The Greater Manchester housing association First Choice Homes Oldham (FCHO) has appointed Donna Cezair as its new chief executive.

Cezair will start the role in mid-January, when she will take over from the social landlord’s current interim CEO Keith Wrate.

Cezair joins FCHO after having previously served as chief executive of the South Wales housing provider Valleys to Coast in 2019.

Ged Lucas, chair of FCHO’s board said, “I am delighted to announce that Donna is joining us at FCHO. We had 38 people interested in the role, which we whittled down to five great candidates who went through the recruitment process, but her previous track record, experience in housing, and strategic vison really impressed us.

“At FCHO our staff are our greatest asset, and what we also loved about Donna is her passion, drive and commitment to employee culture and leading staff to perform to their best potential.”

Cezair has over 30 years’ experience in the housing sector, beginning her career as a housing officer in 1989 before working her way up to obtain numerous senior positions.

In recent years Cezair has run her own consultancy business providing strategic advice to companies.

Cezair said, “I am absolutely delighted to have been appointed as the new CEO at FCHO and can’t wait to get started.

“It’s a really exciting time for Oldham and the wider Greater Manchester area due to brilliant partnership working around regeneration and economic development.

“I want FCHO to play a bigger part in this by working with our partners to strengthen relationships to help develop the area and support to residents to continue to make Oldham a fantastic place to live and work.”

FCHO owns and manages over 11,000 homes in Oldham. It is a member of Greater Manchester Housing Providers, the group of housing associations and ALMOs across the city region.

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