North West housing association appoints new board chair

Tim Johnston has been appointed as chair of 35,000-home landlord Onward Homes for an initial three-year term starting this October.
Tim Johnston, board elect of 35,000-home North West landlord Onward Homes.

The North West housing association Onward Homes has appointed a new board chair as it looks to build on recent milestones.

Tim Johnston has been appointed as chair of the 35,000-home landlord for an initial three-year term starting this October.

Johnston’s appointment comes after the Liverpool-based landlord secured top G1 and V1 gradings from the Regulator of Social Housing and a top credit rating of A1 (Stable) from rating agency Moody’s in the last six months.

Onward was established in 2018 as the result of a merger between five housing associations. It incorporated Contour Homes into its group earlier this year.

Bronwen Rapley, chief executive of Onward, said: “Onward is emerging united from a period of business transformation, forging a successful organisation under the guidance of an exceptional Board Chair in Neil Goodwin.

“As we look to the future, Tim’s extensive experience of leadership, business planning and governance will guide us to new heights, as we work with our communities to make a meaningful social and environmental impact.”

A graduate economist and chartered accountant, Johnston brings extensive experience of advising on business planning to Onward from a career spanning public services, economic development and charitable organisations.

Johnston started his career at KPMG, with a 27-year stint at the professional services network culminating with him heading up the firm’s infrastructure and government line of business. Since 2000 he has been co-founder and chairman of specialist economic and financial advisory business AMION Consulting.

Johnston serves as a non-executive director and trustee of several organisations. These include the joint venture developer Langtree Property Partners (LPP) and Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust where he chairs the New Hospital Committee.

Johnston also chairs The Big Trust, a charity helping disadvantaged people build new skills and gain work experience.

Commenting on his appointment as board chair-elect, Johnston said: “Onward Homes is a powerful force for good in neighborhoods across the North West. Strong foundations are in place and many exciting achievements lie ahead.

“We will never forget that we are here to make a positive difference in the lives of our customers by listening to them and working with them in transparent and effective ways.”

Image: Tim Johnston, board chair-elect of 35,000-home North West landlord Onward Homes. Credit: Onward.

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