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Yorkshire Housing chief executive Mervyn Jones has announced his retirement at the end of 2018, at a time when the organisation is in its strongest position ever.

Mervyn joined Yorkshire Housing in 2008 and oversaw the consolidation of a group structure and move to a new corporate headquarters in Leeds. With one of the most active mixed tenure development programmes in the region, he launched a three-year transformation programme to put Yorkshire Housing on an even firmer footing for growth after 2020.

He will step down from his role in December.

He said: “Yorkshire Housing is in great shape which is why I’ve decided to step down at this time. We’ve a great success story in meeting the needs of a wide range of customers and I want my successor to take the organisation to the next level.

“We’re financially strong, on course to deliver more than 3,000 new homes by 2021, and are delivering an ambitious transformation programme. Yorkshire Housing can do more, we have great people with a fantastic commitment to the social purpose that has always underpinned everything we do. It’s a great time for a new leader to take the association forward.”

Board chair Will Lifford praised Mervyn’s leadership: “Over the past ten years Mervyn has been instrumental in leading Yorkshire Housing to its current position as a major association in the region with over 18,000 homes and a strong development programme. We will shortly start the search to find his successor, someone who will continue our transformation and build our ambition to provide more quality homes that people can afford in Yorkshire.”

Mervyn has been involved in housing for over thirty years, having previously led a stock transfer association in Manchester and worked in housing organisations in London, the North West and Yorkshire. He is a board member of the National Housing Federation (NHF), currently chairs the federation’s Offer to Tenants steering group, and has served on a number of housing association and voluntary sector boards.