The Greater Manchester housing association Trafford Housing Trust has appointed former Trafford Council leader Sean Anstee CBE as its new group chair.
Anstee will replace the outgoing chair Edna Robinson on 1 October. Robinson is stepping down from the role at the end of September having completed her term of office.
Anstee will also join the Group Board of the L&Q Group, Trafford Housing Trust’s parent company, having already been a member of L&Q’s Audit and Risk Committee.
Mr Anstee said: “Improving our homes and building new ones is vital as we play our part in tackling the housing crisis, not just here in Trafford, but across the North West. My key priorities are listening to and looking after our customers, engaging more with our key partners, and setting even higher standards for our existing homes and the services we provide.”
“I am hugely honoured to be taking this position and I look forward to starting the role later this year.”
Anstee has been a non-executive director of Trafford Housing Trust since April 2014. The non-for-profit housing association owns and manages 9,000 homes in the North West and plans to build 20,000 new homes over the next 10 years.
Anstee is an influential voice in North West housing, sitting on the board of the National Housing Federation. He currently serves as executive director of Cratus Communications and also sits as governor and chair of Manchester Metropolitan University’s Finance and Resources Committee.
Anstee served as leader of Trafford Council from 2014 to 2018 and played a key role in the agreement that led to the creation of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.
Larry Gold, chief executive of Trafford Housing Trust, said: “I am extremely pleased that Sean has agreed to chair our Board. I have worked with him since he became a Non-Executive Director at the Trust six years ago, and his understanding of and insight into the housing sector has proved invaluable.
“He has great passion for Manchester and the North West, and I have no doubt he will continue to be a driving force behind the Trust as we continue to tackle the housing crisis.
“I would also like to give my thanks to Edna Robinson, who has chaired the board since 2013 and has proved to be one of the most influential and passionate people in the sector. I’m sure I am joined by everyone at the Trust when I wish her well for all future endeavours.”
David Montague, group chief executive of L&Q, said: “Sean has a wealth of knowledge and experience in housing, and is highly influential and respected across the North West.
“I’m sure he will build on the excellent work of Edna Robinson, and also bring great passion and expertise to L&Q’s Group Board as together we work to address the need for more affordable housing in the North West and invest in local communities.”
Image: Sean Anstee CBE, the new group chair of Trafford Housing Trust. Credit: Trafford Housing Trust