NORTH West housing provider Bolton at Home has revamped its board with the appointment of a new chair and vice chair.
Ian Munro (main picture) has been elected as the chair, while Ibrahim Ismail has been appointed to the deputy chair role.
As a former director of housing in Tameside, Greater Manchester, Munro supervised one of the country’s first housing renewal areas. He also led the transfer of its 16,000 council homes to New Charter Group in 2000 which was one of the first, and largest, metropolitan housing stock transfers.
“I regard Bolton at Home as being a hugely impactful organisation for the people of Bolton and Greater Manchester,” he said. “I want to ensure that the board continues to challenge and support our work in communities and with individuals, and helps to provide safe affordable homes for current and future tenants.”
Ismail is development manager of Bolton Solidarity Community Association (BSCA) and chair of Bolton CVS and Homestart.
“I’ve built up a lot of experience working in the community and understand the social issues people are dealing with in Bolton. Through the other board positions I’ve held, I also know how good governance helps an organisation to make a difference to people’s lives,” he said.
“As a social tenant myself, I hope to champion customer involvement, empowerment and accountability as part of the role. It’s important to me that the role of vice chair is one that is outward-looking and active, both locally and regionally with tenants and with other housing associations.”
The two were already members of the board before taking up their latest roles.
Munro has succeeded Tracy Woods as chair following her retirement from the board to pursue new challenges after six years in the position and nine years on the board overall. Ismail takes over the deputy chair position from Kevin McKeon, who has stepped down from the role but will continue his eight years of service as a board member.