Malcolm Groves has taken up the post of chair at Southern Housing Group, following the retirement of Andrew McIntyre at last night's AGM (8 July 2013).
Andrew McIntyre, who has chaired Southern Housing Group since 2004, along with Tony Bourne, Chair of Remuneration and Nominations Committee and Chris Hampson, Chair of Customer Services Committee all attended their final meeting last night and stood down under Southern Housing Group's maximum tenure retirement rules.
Tom Dacey, chief executive of Southern Housing Group, says: "Andrew, Tony and Chris have all been enthusiastic and dedicated champions of our work. We will miss them all and thank them for their contribution to our success.
"We have planned their succession carefully, so we continue with the momentum that they have generated, and I know that Malcolm will bring an energy to the role of chair that reflects his passion for our work and commitment to our residents."
Following a selection process last year, and in preparation for last night's handover, Malcolm was appointed as chair designate for the final year of Andrew's appointment until he took up his substantive post as chair this month. This ensured a smooth transition that has provided stability to the Board, retained all the valuable knowledge and learning gained over previous years, and will give seamless strategic direction to the Board and the Group.
Malcolm Groves, chair of Southern Housing Group, says: "Andrew has provided great leadership and direction to our Board, ensuring that it is effective in collectively planning and implementing the Group's strategy.
"I am committed to taking this forward, and playing my part in being a custodian of Southern Housing Group's legacy. This is a legacy which has provided housing for those in need for more than a 100 years, and continues to adapt to meet the housing needs of people in the 21st century."
Malcolm Groves is a communications professional with a financial services background. He has a particular interest in sustainable communities and chaired a Low Carbon Communities Project for the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Malcolm is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. He is former chair of South Wight Housing Association, which was acquired by Southern Housing Group in 2002, and has been a Board member of Southern Housing Group since 2011.