North East housing association appoints new director of finance

Caroline Wallace will take up the role of director of finance for Northumberland-based housing association Bernicia this month.
Caroline Wallace who has been appointed as finance director of Bernicia Homes, pictured at their Ashington HQ.

The North East housing association Bernicia has strengthened its senior leadership team by appointing a new director of finance.

The finance professional Caroline Wallace will take up the newly created role for the Northumberland-based landlord this month.

Wallace’s appointment follows Bernicia’s announcement of two other senior appointments earlier this year.

Back in March the housing association named Jenny Allinson and Lindsay Muers as its new director of corporate governance and associate director of people services respectively.

Wallace said: “I’m delighted to join Bernicia, a people focused business with a great culture. I’m really looking forward to being part of such a successful team, contributing to its exciting future and ultimately making a difference to people’s lives.”

Wallace joins Bernicia following a six-month stint at national travel agent Hays Travel where she headed up its finance team.

She has extensive experience of the housing and education sectors, having previously held senior finance roles for the Sunderland housing association Gentoo and the all-through school Academy 360.

During two spells at Gentoo Wallace held numerous roles, at different points acting as its deputy director of finance, assistant director of corporate services and finance manager.

Janette Longstaff, Bernicia’s executive director of finance, added: “Being an effective organisation is paramount to Bernicia and as director of finance, Caroline’s role will be pivotal in ensuring that we continue to remain as the financially strong organisation we are.

“She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role having previously held similar positions both within and outside of the social housing sector. Caroline will now lead the finance functions across the group in the development and delivery of excellent financial strategies and services, in support of our ambitious corporate plan.”

Bernicia is one of the North East’s leading housing providers, providing services to over 60,000 customers in the North of England.

Image: Caroline Wallace, Bernicia’s new director of finance, pictured at the housing association’s Ashington HQ. Credit: Bernicia.

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