Jeremy Vickers has been appointed as RBH’s new interim director of finance and development

Rochdale Boroughwide Housing has appointed Jeremy Vickers as its new interim director of finance and development, to replace John McGrail.


Jeremy Vickers is the new interim director of finance and development at Rochdale Boroughwide Housing

McGrail stepped down last month after a year and a half in post. Vickers will take on the finance and development director role on an interim basis, while the 12,700-home housing association recruits for a permanent finance director.

This follows a series of leadership team changes at RBH after the death of two-year-old Awaab Ishak in one of the housing association’s homes.

In June last year, RBH appointed a new permanent chief executive Amanda Newton, who joined from Merseyside-based Livv Housing Group.

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Newton, who took up the RBH role last September, said that she wanted to “rebuild an organisation that focuses on its tenants.”

She added: “We will approach this together with an unwavering commitment to do the very best for the people of Rochdale who live in our homes today and in the future.”

Vickers was previously interim chief financial officer at Warrington-based Your Housing Group.

Before this, he was drafted in as interim group finance director at Swan following the resignation of James King after the London-based association was in December 2021 found to have breached the Regulator of Social Housing’s governance and financial viability standard.

Before joining Swan Housing, Vickers served as finance director development at G15 housing provider Metropolitan Thames Valley.

RBH currently has a non-compliant G3 grading for governance standards but is compliant with the regulator’s financial viability standard, for which it holds a V2 grading.