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Cheltenham's former police boss has new housing role

Gloucestershire's former Police and Crime Commissioner is the new chair of Cheltenham Borough Homes (CBH).

Martin Surl spent 30 years patrolling the streets as a police officer before becoming the country's first PCC, serving from 2012 to 2021. He was voted out of the role in May 2021 after nine years.

His new position will see him working to keep Cheltenham's housing stock, housing and homeless service running smoothly.

Mr Surl has taken over the role of non-executive director and chair of the board from Jason Langley, who is stepping down after reaching the maximum term.

Mr Surl said: "Jason has been instrumental in developing a people focused CBH.

"The past few years have been incredibly complex and Jason has helped steer a strong and steady course through the pandemic. He will step away leaving an organisation that is agile and set on the right path for the future."

Born and raised in Cheltenham, Mr Surl attended Dunalley Primary School and Hester's Way Baptist Church youth club as a teenager.

He believes his "unique insight and experience" will help CBH build positive relationships with customers, volunteers, partners and colleagues.

Steve Slater, CEO of CBH, said: "Martin's exceptional understanding of our communities and his passion for helping the people and families that live within them made me confident he will help us take advantage of all the opportunities that lie ahead."​​​​​​​

CBH is Cheltenham Borough Council's arm's-length management organisation, responsible for the management and maintenance of its housing stock and homeless service. The board is made up of tenants, leaseholders, independent members, and local councillors.

Councillor Victoria Atherstone, cabinet member for housing, said: "Jason has achieved an incredible amount during his time as chair and Martin, with his experience and commitment to local people and their communities, will continue to ensure that CBH offers the highest quality of service to its tenants, as well as offering a fresh perspective to the board."

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