NHF’s James Prestwich to join CIH in senior policy role

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THE Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has named James Prestwich as its new director of policy and external affairs.

Prestwich is currently head of policy at the National Housing Federation (NHF) but will take up his new role at the CIH at the end of February next year.

“I’m delighted James will be joining us at CIH,” said Gavin Smart, who takes over as CIH chief executive next week. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience of housing as well as central and local government. I look forward to welcoming him to the CIH team and to him using that knowledge and experience to shape CIH’s influencing and policy work.”

Before joining the NHF in 2016, Prestwich had roles at the Department for Communities & Local Government, the Homes & Communities Agency and several housing associations. Born in Birmingham, he started his career as a housing officer at North Shropshire District Council.

Prestwich has a master’s degree in social housing from Birmingham City University and sits on the board of Hundred Houses Society in Cambridge, where he chairs the operations committee. He lives in a village in Bedfordshire with his family and dog. In his spare time James plays and coaches football and cricket and loves spending time in the kitchen.

“CIH is well known and respected for its policy and influencing work, and I’m really pleased to be joining the team,” Prestwich said. “As a housing professional it’s a great privilege to be joining my professional body, especially at this exciting time, with Gavin becoming chief executive and the sector facing so many challenges. I can’t wait to get stuck in.”



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