Johnnie Johnson Housing appoints new chair and vice-chair

John Sandford, Johnnie Johnson Housing (Demo)

The Northern not-for-profit housing association Johnnie Johnson Housing (JJH) has shuffled its board, appointing a new chair and vice-chair as well as appointing new members to the board.

John Sandford, previously chair of the Audit and Risk Committee, has taken over as chair of the board of the independent living specialists which provide homes for 5000 residents in the North West, North East, Yorkshire and Derbyshire.

Sandford replaces Frances Street, who has stepped down after seven years on the board, while Sue Lock has been named vice-chair after Tom Miskell resigned from the post.

The new appointees to JJH’s board and committee are Tabitha Arulampalam, Abdul Ravat, Peter Nourse and Alistair How.

Street said: “They say time flies when you’re having fun and the past seven years have gone by in a flash. Johnnie Johnson Housing has come such a long way in the time that I have been chair of the board and I couldn’t be prouder of everything we have achieved within that time.”

Sandford has worked as a director and executive for various organisations, having worked for KPMG, Stockport NHS Foundation Trust and the Chorley Building Society. He is also a trustee and chair of the almshouse charity the Edward Mayes Trust.

Lock, meanwhile, is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing and acts as chair of its North West branch. She has held senior executive and non-executive positions for numerous registered providers and has long been a nationally elected council member on the CIH National Council.

Yvonne Castle, CEO of JJH, has welcomed the board’s new members, saying: “Thank you to each and every one of our board members, both those departing and those just at the beginning of their journey with Johnnie Johnson Housing.

“The work undertaken by our board drives our ongoing success. We now look ahead to 2025, to the work on the delivery of our vision for the future; a vision that has been developed by the board with our partners, residents and colleagues.”

Based in Poynton, Cheshire, JJH employs over 200 people and manages a property portfolio worth £120 million including houses, bungalows, flats, studio apartments and retirement schemes.

In addition to its property portfolio, the not-for-profit housing association also provides its own 24-hour telecare monitoring service Astraline.

Image: John Sandford, the new chair of Johnnie Johnson Housing’s board. Credit: JJH

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