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Nick Atkin has joined as chief executive to lead Yorkshire Housing into a new period of growth and transformation.

Nick, who is from Doncaster, was previously group chief executive of Halton Housing in Cheshire.

He started on Monday, April 1, and has taken over from Mervyn Jones, who has retired after delivering 10 years of continued growth.

Yorkshire Housing owns and manages 18,000 homes across the region and provides a range of services to help its customers to live independently in their own homes.

The organisation is on course to provide more than 3,000 new homes by 2021.

Nick said: “Yorkshire Housing has a strong reputation for delivering homes and the quality of its services. The transformation programme will revolutionise how the organisation works as well as enhancing the services customers receive. I’m delighted to play my part in that success story and to also be returning to my Yorkshire roots.”

Yorkshire Housing board chair Will Lifford said: “It’s great to have Nick on board. He has a great track record having grown the business significantly at Halton and transforming its customer services through the use of digital technology, so that 90 per cent of customer-generated transactions are now delivered online. With our own transformation programme and our ambitious new homes programme, he’s joining us at an exciting time.”

Nick also worked for the Audit Commission’s housing inspectorate and at a senior level in several regional and national housing associations. He is a non-executive director and vice chair of the Warrington Clinical Commissioning Group.

You can follow Nick on Twitter @nickatkin_yh.