The older people’s housing provider has picked Gurpreet Dehal to replace Stephen Hughes at head of board

Housing 21 has appointed Gurpreet Dehal as the new chair of its board.

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Gurpreet Dehal, who has over 10 years’ experience in non-executive roles in government departments and higher education, has been appointed as Housing 21’s new chair

Dehal will take over from Stephen Hughes as chair, who has been in the position since February 2019.

Housing 21 operates in 240 local authority areas across England, managing more than 23,300 retirement living and extra care properties and providing over 48,000 hours of social care each week.

Dehal is an independent member of RICS’ governing council and holds multiple non-executive director and chair roles across government departments and higher education, including in his current positions as non-executive director at the Ministry of Defence and chair of the University of Derby.

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He has executive experience in financial risk management and investment banking global operations, having held managing director roles at Merrill Lynch and Credit Suisse from 2006 to 2014.

Before this, he had risk manager roles at Credit Agricole, PMA Europe, Lehman Brothers and SBC Warburg.

Dehal said: “I am absolutely delighted to take on the role, and look forward to working with such a committed Board, with a highly experienced Chief Executive in Bruce Moore, and with all in the wider Housing 21 family in delivering quality homes for older people of modest means.

”Throughout the interview process and during my visit to Housing 21’s schemes, the emphasis on people – both residents and employees – really stood out as a consistent focus for the organisation, and something which I believe is at the heart of every great organisation.”

Bruce Moore, chief executive of Housing 21, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to announce Gurpreet as our new Chair of the Board and look forward to benefitting from his extensive knowledge and professional experience.

Moore added: “For Gurpreet, this appointment represents a new opportunity in a new sector while for us, it is a chance to gain fresh perspective and insight into how we continue to improve upon our achievements and grow the organisation without losing sight of the current and future needs of our residents.”