Prodigal son Nick Atkin returns to Yorkshire roots with new chief exec role

HALTON Housing’s Nick Atkin is returning to his roots in the white rose county in the new year, when he will be taking the helm at Yorkshire Housing.

Atkin, who hails from Doncaster, has been appointed to succeed Mervyn Jones as chief executive and to build on his legacy as the organisation seeks to transform in the years ahead. Jones is retiring at the end of December, after helping the housing provider achieve 10 years of continuous growth.

Yorkshire Housing owns and manages 18,000 homes across the region and provides a range of services to help its residents to live independently in their own homes. It claims it is on course to provide more than 3,000 new homes by 2021.

“Yorkshire Housing has a strong reputation for delivering homes and [for] the quality of its services,” Atkin said. “The transformation programme will revolutionise how the organisation works as well as enhancing the services customers receive. I’m delighted to play my part in that success story.”

Yorkshire Housing’s board chair Will Lifford said: “It’s great to have Nick on board. He has a great track record having grown the business significantly at Halton and transforming its customer services through the use of digital technology, so that 90 per cent of customer-generated transactions are now delivered online. With our own transformation programme and our ambitious new homes programme, he’s joining us at an exciting time.”

Prior to Halton, Atkin worked for the Audit Commission’s housing inspectorate and has worked at a senior level in several regional and national housing associations. He is a non-executive director and vice chair of Warrington Clinical Commissioning Group.

Ingrid Fife, Halton Housing’s group board chair, said: “I’m sad that we will be losing our talented group chief executive, but also delighted for Nick that he has been recognised and successful in a move to head up a large regional housing association.

“Through his tenure, Halton Housing has become known nationally as an innovative and successful housing organisation. He has led a strong team that delivered its promises from the start and has gone on to respond to the challenges presented through an era of austerity. A business that has grown in value tenfold to £320 million, delivered a modern digital business model and now provides an additional 1,200 homes across Halton…

“On behalf of the board I express our sincere thanks and very best wishes to Nick for his excellent leadership. The team at Halton will continue to push the boundaries to help our communities thrive by delivering excellent services and new homes.”

Atkin added: “I have had an amazing time at Halton and had the privilege to work with so many talented people. I can’t thank enough the board for the confidence and support they have shown, which has enabled us to jointly achieve so much. I am sad to be leaving so many colleagues who have also become friends, but I’m also looking forward to returning to my Yorkshire roots.”

He takes up his new role in early 2019.



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