TERRIE Alafat CBE has been named as the new group chair at Riverside; she will take up the role in April next year.
Alafat is currently the chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) but is due to retire in November. She will succeed Riverside’s current group chair, Max Steinberg CBE following his retirement.
“I am delighted to be handing over the reins to Terrie as Riverside’s new group chair,” Steinberg said. “Her wealth of knowledge of the housing sector and her work in shaping policy will be instrumental in continuing to take the group forward as one of the country’s leading providers of housing and homelessness services. I wish her all the best in the new role and know the organisation will be in excellent hands.”
Alafat’s housing experience spans some 23 years. Before becoming chief executive of the CIH, she was director of housing at the Department of Communities & Local Government, where she was responsible for national housing policies including affordable housing, homelessness and supported housing.
“I am really pleased to be joining Riverside, an organisation I have had the pleasure of working with over a number of years and whose values align strongly with my own,” Alafat said. “It’s an organisation with impressive leadership that has actively been making a positive difference to people’s lives in a whole range of ways for over 90 years. I am very much looking forward to building on that legacy and the great work of my predecessor Max Steinberg.”