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Amber Housing appoint new Chair and three new Trustees

Amber Housing has appointed Peter Hall as its new Chair and three new board members, Ashely Beaton, Nichola Harrison and Teresa Ocansey as it pursues its strategic goal of becoming a Registered Provider of Social Housing.

Amber Housing operates as a fully owned subsidiary of UK charity care provider Ambient Support providing quality housing management, property development and facilities management across the UK.

Troy Henshall, CEO of Amber Housing, says:

“We had a very clear plan of appointing individuals with diverse skillsets, experience, and knowledge to help us expertly deliver our 5-year plan and reach our goals which include becoming a Registered Provider.

“As a Registered Provider, Amber will have the opportunity to share our expertise and knowledge to deliver property management and services to other charities, SME’s and care providers working with vulnerable people in the heart of communities across the country.

“These new appointments signify an exciting progression as all four individuals have the expertise and experience to deliver our plans.”

As new Chair, Peter Hall replaces Samantha Barber who was in the role for 4 years.

 Peter started working in Housing after leaving university and has worked with over 60 organisations including charities, local authorities, and commercial businesses. With experience working across all levels, Peter’s roles include Operations Director, Chief Executive and most recently Strategic Consultancy & Interim Executive roles.

 On his appointment as Chair, Peter says:

“Amber Housing is on a transformational journey and it’s very exciting to be a part of it. Being Chair of an exceptionally strong board with very talented people who can contribute, is extremely appealing.

“Working in the housing sector is not simply about assets. It’s about bringing humanity to buildings. I relish working with an agile organisation with a clear remit, as you can see and feel the impacts immediately.”

When asked about the opportunities and challenges ahead, Peter said:

“We face many challenges, including the obvious ones of inflation and the labour market, but if we look at the opportunities that arise- such as people looking for more cost-effective solutions- we can leverage what Amber and Ambient can do collectively- and this will be increasingly important as we move forward together.

“Unfortunately, there are challenges facing the younger generations and we have a crisis whereby a vast majority of homeless people and people living in hostels have Learning Disabilities and Mental Health issues.

“To provide housing for these vulnerable groups is a core purpose for Amber and if I can be part of any organisation that moves the dial on their life stories then I will feel like I have contributed well to that.”

 Mark Milton, CEO of Ambient Support, says:

“We were incredibly fortunate to have Peter join as Chair who brings a wealth of experience and a fantastic record of delivering exceptional services to customers and vulnerable people.”

 Amber Housing also welcomes three new board members; Ashley Beaton, Assistant Neighbourhood Director at Lancaster West Neighbourhood Team, Nichola Harrison, Head of Health & Safety at Paradigm Housing Group and Teresa Ocansey, Non-Executive Director at Building a Safer Future.

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