Jock Lennox will take over as chair in July, following a handover period

Clarion has announced the appointment of Jock Lennox, a chartered accountant and former partner at Ernst & Young, as the new chair of its board.


Source: Clarion

Jock Lennox will join Clarion’s board on 1 May, and take over as chair when David Avery steps down on 31 July

Lennox will take over from David Avery, who has held the position of chair for the past five years and has served on the board for a total of nine years.

Following a handover period, Avery will step down on 31 July and Lennox will replace him.

Lennox worked at Ernst & Young for 30 years, during which time he was a partner for 20 years.

Since leaving EY, Lennox has served on various boards. He is a non-executive director and chair of the audit Committee for Barratt Developments PLC.

He was previously chair of Enquest PLC, a petrol exploration and production company, and Hill & Smith Holdings PLC, a business involved in supplying products for the construction and infrastructure industries.

He has also served on the boards of Dixons Carphone PLC, manufacturing and research company Oxford Instruments PLC and A&J Mucklow Group, a property group based in the Black Country.

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Clare Miller, Clarion Housing Group’s chief executive, said: “We are delighted to welcome Jock to Clarion. He brings tremendous energy and enthusiasm to the role as well as extensive relevant experience.

”Jock’s appointment comes at a time of transition and challenge to our sector as we navigate the UK’s desperate need for more social housing, an increasingly complex regulatory environment and significant financial pressures, as well as our need to retrofit our homes to reduce energy bills for our residents. I look forward to working with Jock to lead Clarion through this period.”

Clarion is in the process of undertaking a stock rationalisation plan as it seeks to divest itself of “properties that we are not able to manage in the most efficient and effective manner”. It sold 1,162 units in 2022/23.

At the end of last month, Clarion sold 140 homes to Milton Keynes-based Grand Union Housing.