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New CEO for Cheltenham Borough Homes

Housing association Cheltenham Borough Homes (CBH) has appointed Steve Slater as CEO, with the full support of its board and Cheltenham Borough Council.

The organisation, set up to manage and maintain the council's housing stock, said the appointment will help 'make Cheltenham a place where everyone thrives'.

Mr Slater took up the role as interim CEO in August 2020, following the departure of the former CEO Paul Stephenson, and previously held the position of executive director of finance and resources, since joining CBH in 2012.

During his time as interim CEO, he led the organisation through the COVID-19 pandemic, supporting colleagues to manage their work life balance while adapting services to be delivered remotely to stay connected with communities and individuals.

"I am truly humbled and honoured to have been appointed permanent CEO," said Mr Slater.

"CBH is driven by people who have a passion to make a positive difference to people living in Cheltenham. At its heart it has a tradition of putting people first, treating them well, and making a positive difference to their lives, by providing safe and secure homes, supporting strong and vibrant communities, and inspiring people to go beyond what is expected and deliver what can be imagined.

"There are challenges ahead with the economic recovery post COVID-19 and meeting the challenges in the housing sector driven by the impact of Grenfell and the subsequent recommendations in the social housing white paper, but we have a solid foundation to support us through what will be a time of significant change.

"Working in partnership with the council we have ambitious plans to create a town where everyone thrives."

Rowena Hay, leader of Cheltenham Borough Council added: "On behalf of the Council, I'm delighted that Steve has been appointed as permanent CEO of CBH. He has led CBH through the pandemic plus undertaken a review of their services and produced a new business plan. Members and officers look forward to working with him to ensure CBH continues to meet customers' needs in these most challenging of times."

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