Mount Green appoints three new board members

The Surrey-based social landlord has appointed David Hunter as chair, Peter Gardiner as vice chair, and Kel Swinnerton as a non-executive director.
A posed photo of David Hunter, the new chair of Mount Green Housing Association.
David Hunter, the new chair of Mount Green Housing Association. Credit: Mount Green

The South East housing association Mount Green has appointed three new members to its board.

The Surrey-based social landlord has appointed David Hunter as chair, Peter Gardiner as vice chair, and Kel Swinnerton as a non-executive director.

The three appointments have been made following a competitive recruitment process with Mount Green’s board and its chief executive Bill Flood.

Mount Green’s three new appointments will bring a wide range of expertise to the top of the 1,700-home landlord as it tries to tackle the housing crisis and support tenants affected by COVID-19.

Hunter has had a diverse career in housing, working for organisations in residential sales and lettings, local authority housing, housing associations and the for-profit registered provider sector.

He currently serves as the resident services director at London housing provider The Hyde Group and as vice-chair of the council-owned housing association Lodden Homes.

Speaking of his appointment, Hunter said: “Whilst these are challenging times for our sector, I’m excited to be joining a team focussed on putting residents at the heart of its thinking and building on Mount Green’s rich history to provide more much needed and good quality homes that people can thrive in.”

Gardiner brings financial expertise to the board as he currently works as the director of financial services at Southern Housing Group. He previously served as the chair of Thrives Homes’ board.

Gardiner is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and a fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management. He also serves as the resources director and deputy CEO at the independent living housing association Ability Housing.

Gardiner commented: “I’m looking forward to working with the board and the executive team to build on the hard work and strong foundations established by previous colleagues to ensure an even brighter future for Mount Green and its residents.”

Swinnerton, meanwhile, will bring legal, regulatory and governance experience to the board as a lawyer who is a fee-paid judge in several chambers of the First-tier Tribunal.

Swinnerton will be responsible for supporting Mount Green in strengthening its scrutiny processes.

“It’s an exciting time to be joining the organisation and I’m looking forward to play my part in shaping and contributing to the organisation’s future,” said Kel.

The three appointments come as Linda Convery has retired from the board after serving for seven years as chair. Mount Green’s former vice chair Robert Pearce will continue sitting on its board as part of its Audit and Risk Committee.

Mount Green is an independent housing association based in the town of Leatherhead in Surrey.

It owns and manages around 1,700 homes across Surrey and Sussex, offering a range of homes to rent and buy.

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