Jeff Halliwell to take on role for 19,500-home association in September

BPHA has appointed Jeff Halliwell as its new chair.

Jeff Halliwell bpha Chair

Jeff Halliwell has been named as BPHA’s new chair

The 19,500-home, Bedford-based housing association announced Halliwell will work alongside current chair Paul Leinster in a handover period from next month before taking on the role fully on 1 September.

Halliwell has chaired or served on the board of numerous public, private and third sector organisations.

He is currently chair of the Coal Authority (which supports people and the environbemnt in former mining areas), deputy chair of seafood industry body Seafish and a board member of educational software firm Widgit.

He has previously chaired NHS and transport sector organisations and been a governor at the Universities of Bedfordshire and Northampton.

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Halliwell has also carried out executive roles at Northern Foods and for petfood firm Mars.

Richard Hill, chief executive of BPHA, said: “We are delighted to welcome Jeff to bpha and we will benefit hugely from his extensive knowledge and experience.

”He is excellently placed to lead bpha in achieving its purpose and commitments to local people and meeting the ongoing challenges faced by the housing sector.”