New chair at FCHO

04 September 2017

First Choice Homes Oldham (FCHO) has appointed a new chair to lead the board of non-executive directors in steering the strategic direction of the organisation for the next three years.

Ged Lucas will take up the reins from Bernadette Callaghan who is stepping down as chair; a role she has held since 2014. Ged brings a wealth of experience in housing, planning, regeneration, economic development, environment and community development to the Board; having worked in local government for the majority of his career. He has served on numerous boards within the housing sector and currently has his own consultancy firm. His work for various elements of the Greater Manchester Devolution agenda means Ged is well placed to work with Chief Executive Cath Green to ensure FCHO plays its part in bringing the benefits of devolution to its customers. Speaking about his appointment Ged said; "I am delighted to be given this opportunity to work with board members, the executive team and the staff at FCHO to make it an organisation that punches above its weight and delivers excellence to all its customers. I have a vision of the kid of organisation I would like FCHO to become; a top class provider of good quality homes and a major influence within the communities it serves. It will continue to recognise the diverse needs of its customers and the borough; and develop a greater understanding of the social, environmental and economic needs of the area; and its role in meeting these. It will work with a wide range of partners to maximise its contribution to improving the life chances of the people of Oldham." Chief Executive Cath Green said; "I'm excited that Ged will be joining our FCHO family and congratulate him on his appointment. He brings with him a huge range of experience and skills and I am looking forward to working with him to take our joint vision for FCHO to the next level." Outgoing chair Bernadette Callaghan will be remaining as a board member of FCHO and offered her support to Ged; "I would like to congratulate Ged on his appointment and wish him well in his new role on behalf of the Board. We are looking forward to working with Ged and will give him our full support."