‘Fantastic four’ appointed to housing board

‘Fantastic four’ appointed to housing board

Press Release

Castles & Coasts Housing Association (CCHA) has strengthened its board with four new appointments.

The organisation, which owns and manages more than 7,000 homes across Cumbria and the North of England, has welcomed Helen Forsyth, Amber Hill, Erica Morriss and David Williams to its board.

The new additions will work alongside the current experienced board members to help drive an exciting new vision for the organisation, as it nears the end of its current corporate strategy.

Helen Forsyth has worked in the third, public and housing sector for over 40 years. She recently retired as the Chief Executive of a rural housing association in Scotland, where she worked for 13 years. As well as her role with Castles & Coasts, she is Chair of the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations and Vice Chair of the South of Scotland Enterprise Agency. She is passionate about developing strong communities, good affordable homes, and the residents who live in those homes. She has worked in both rural and urban settings.

Amber Hill is a qualified chartered accountant, and currently provides audit and accounting services to the North East SME market, advising clients on utilising technology to achieve efficiencies and to help establish a strong control environment. Amber is also a trustee of Newcastle Carers and Groundwork North East. Amber is passionate about the creation and development of sustainable communities and strongly believes that a home should be safe, sustainable and suited to the occupier’s needs.

Erica Morriss had a corporate banking career of over 30 years, which provided valuable experience across many areas such as commercial strategy, change management, enhancing customer service, and talent development. She also has a solid understanding of financial oversight and risk. She is an existing board member of Healthwatch Cheshire, Vivo Care Choices Ltd, a trustee of Citizens Advice Cheshire and partner governor of Mid Cheshire Foundation Trust. Her passion is working with organisations that strive to improve wellbeing in local communities.

David Williams takes up his role with Castles & Coasts having held a number of senior executive posts in the housing sector over the past 25 years. He is a highly experienced property professional and member of the RICS, who has delivered major development programmes and managed strategic asset management and property compliance portfolios. He also has extensive experience of mergers, acquisitions, regeneration and setting up maintenance teams. He is passionate about reducing the impact of climate change on customers and communities.

Stephanie Murphy, chief executive at CCHA, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Helen, Amber, Erica and David to Castles & Coasts’ non-executive team.

“Our search to bolster the skills on our board, following the retirement of some highly experienced members, was national in scope, and attracted a lot of interest from exceptional candidates. We’re thrilled to have appointed four fantastic new members who will each bring a wealth of knowledge, diversity of thought and a fresh perspective.”