The Home Counties-based housing association Thrive Homes has appointed David Mullen as its new assistant director of resources.
Mullen has over 10 years of experience as a finance professional in the social housing sector, having worked for some of the UK’s largest housing associations including Peabody and Wheatley Group.
His experience also includes finance and resource management in a local authority in Scotland and in the private sector.
Mullen will support delivery of the 5,000-home housing association’s growth plans. The landlord currently aims to build 200 new homes a year over the next two years.
Mullen said of his appointment: “I am delighted to join the strong, passionate team at Thrive Homes. I look forward to applying my experience in housing and finance to help Thrive Homes continue to grow and achieve its business objectives.
“This is an exciting time to join an organisation like Thrive Homes and contribute to the delivery of more homes.”
Established in 2008, Thrive Homes was formed as the result of a stock transfer from Three Rivers District Council.
The housing association owns and manages around 5,000 homes across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Oxfordshire and Buckhinghamshire.
Mullen’s appointment is the third senior hire by the landlord in the last nine months. In July 2020 it appointed Karen Forbes-Jackson and Mark Farrar as its corporate services director and finance director respectively.
Last November Thrive Homes also appointed Kate McLeod as its new board chair. She replaced Vic Baylis who filled the role in an interim capacity following Ashley Lane’s death in January 2020.
Thrive Homes’ chief executive Elspeth Mackenzie said, “I am thrilled to welcome David to our organisation as an assistant director of resources.
“He will help maintain our financial stability during a period of growth, ensuring that Thrive Homes continues to provide comfortable, affordable homes in some of the most expensive areas of the country.”
Image: David Mullen, Thrive Homes’ new assistant director of resources. Credit: Thrive Homes