Housing body confirm Geraldine Howley as chair of its governing board

The Chartered Institute of Housing has confirmed Geraldine Howley, Group Chief Executive of Incommunities Group, as chair of its governing board.

Geraldine was elected in a ballot of CIH members, with more than 97% of respondents voting for her.

Geraldine, who was CIH president in 2015/16, has worked in the housing sector for over 35 years and has become a leading figure at local, national and international levels.

She started as a temporary receptionist with Bradford Council, before progressing to become the local authority’s director of housing.

Geraldine took over the top job at Incommunities following a major stock transfer in 2003. Today, Incommunities manages over 22,000 homes across Bradford District as well in other parts of West and South Yorkshire.

Geraldine is a co-founder of GEM, a professional development programme which has helped more than 250 graduates across the UK develop their careers, mainly in housing, over the past decade.

In 2017 Geraldine was awarded an OBE in recognition of her services to housing, young people and the local community. She is also a Doctor of the University of Bradford for her contribution to housing across the district.

Geraldine holds a number of key positions including Chair of Housing Partnership UK, member of the Bradford District Health and Wellbeing Board and is a Council Member of the CBI, Yorkshire & Humber.

CIH Chief Executive Terrie Alafat welcomed Geraldine’s election: “It’s great that Geraldine has been confirmed as our permanent chair and with such strong support. She’s already made a huge contribution to CIH as interim chair, and I look forward to continuing to work with her.

“Geraldine is a major player in UK housing, and we’re lucky to have her experience and insight at the head of our governing board.”

Geraldine said: “I am delighted to have been elected as the new chair and humbled by the support shown by CIH members.

“I look forward to taking up this important new role having been a proud member of CIH for many years and been honoured to serve as a past President.

“These are challenging times for the sector but also exciting ones and I look forward to being part of its journey going forward.”