New CEO for First Choice Homes Oldham


We are pleased to announce the appointment of Donna Cezair as our new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Following a rigorous recruitment process, which included staff and customer panels, the Board of First Choice Homes Oldham (FCHO) has now formally appointed Ms Cezair, who will start in mid-January and take over from current interim CEO, Keith Wrate.


Ged Lucas, Chair of FCHO Board said, “I am delighted to announce that Donna is joining us at FCHO.

“We had 38 people interested in the role, which we whittled down to five great candidates who went through the recruitment process, but her previous track record, experience in housing, and strategic vison really impressed us.

“At FCHO our staff are our greatest asset, and what we also loved about Donna is her passion, drive and commitment to employee culture and leading staff to perform to their best potential. A vital asset to ensure we continue to be an excellent, forward thinking landlord and provide first class services to our customers.”

Donna has over 30 years’ experience in the housing sector. She began her career as a housing officer in 1989 then has worked her way up through a number of senior position to most recently CEO of Valleys to Coast Housing Association in 2019. Over the last few years Donna has run her own consultancy business providing strategic advice to companies helping to drive continuous improvements and increase service impact. She also has extensive experience in leading organisational change and transformation at senior level.

Donna Cezair said, “I am absolutely delighted to have been appointed as the new CEO at FCHO and can’t wait to get started.

“It’s a really exciting time for Oldham and the wider Greater Manchester area due to brilliant partnership working around regeneration and economic development. I want FCHO to play a bigger part in this by working with our partners to strengthen relationships to help develop the area and support to residents to continue to make Oldham a fantastic place to live and work.”