We are pleased to announce that Chris Lewis, who is currently the Chair of our Staffing & Governance Committee, will step into a new role as Board Chair in September, when our current Chair, Fiona Moore, retires after nine years of service.
Fiona Moore, a solicitor with extensive experience in residential and commercial property and an expert in governance, compliance and organisational change, was part of the Board which led the successful merger of Two Castles and Derwent & Solway Housing Associations, to create Castles & Coasts in 2017, stepping up to the role of Chair in October 2017.
She said: “It has been an honour and a pleasure to serve as a Board Member and Chair of Castles & Coasts. The organisation has been transformed during my time on the Board, almost doubling in size after the merger, is committed to providing excellent homes and services to its residents and has an ambitious development programme.
“I have been fortunate to work with a dedicated CEO and executive team and a committed group of Board Members with diverse skills and am very grateful for all their support.
“I am delighted that Chris has been appointed as my successor and with the full support of the executive team and the Board, I know that Chris will steer Castles & Coasts safely on its journey of development and growth and that the organisation will continue to flourish in the years to come”.
Incoming chair Chris Lewis, who had a 35+ year career in a senior role in a multi-national pharmaceutical business before taking up his Board Member role with Castles & Coasts, said he is very excited to take the reins later this year.
He said: “Fiona has done a terrific job in steering the organisation through a period of immense change, and I absolutely take my hat off to her for all that she has achieved in partnership with our fantastic chief executive, Stephanie Murphy.
“It’s a privilege to take on the chair role, and with that comes a huge responsibility to build on all that has been achieved under Fiona’s stewardship. The organisation is in a very good place, as we approach the mid-point in our corporate strategy, which sets out the vision to 2023. However, as we come through these truly unprecedented times there will be challenges and our focus has to be steadfast – on delivering value for our residents and our stakeholders; on growth; on engagement and on sustainability, in the widest sense of the word.
“I’m very much looking forward to working with Castles & Coasts’ talented Board and excellent executive team to build on the legacy Fiona leaves.”