Manningham Housing Association has named Rupert Pometsey as the new Chair of the Board. He will take over from Barrington Billings, who will step down in December after serving in the role for over six years.

Mr Pometsey, a qualified architect, currently serves as Vice-Chair and boasts over twenty years of experience in senior-level positions in housing development and asset management.

He has overseen the construction of homes with a capital expenditure exceeding £1 billion. Additionally, he previously held positions as a Board member and Chair of the development company at Ongo Homes in North Lincolnshire.

Presently, Mr Pometsey is engaged with the London Borough of Haringey in the ambitious venture of delivering a new generation of council homes.

He said; “I am thrilled to be appointed as Manningham Housing Association Chair. The association continues to go from strength to strength and has developed a really positive reputation locally, regionally and nationally. It is especially admired for its community investment activities and its work in promoting equality, diversity and inclusion. I feel privileged to receive the baton from Barrington who is a totemic figure in the housing sector and who it has been an honour to serve alongside as Vice-Chair.”

Lee Bloomfield, Manningham Housing Association Chief Executive, said; “Rupert’s deep knowledge of housing, his familiarity with MHA and his range of professional skills made him the outstanding candidate for the position. I know he will do a fantastic job in the years ahead. On behalf of the senior management team, I wish to pay tribute to Barrington who has led the Board so impressively – particularly during the dark days of the pandemic when morale could have dipped but never did. His contribution to Manningham Housing Association’s achievements over the most successful period in our history, including numerous award wins, will never be forgotten.”

Barrington Billings, Chair of the Manningham Housing Association, said; “I am so pleased to welcome Rupert to the role, which I regard as one of the best in the country. Manningham Housing Association has become such an integral part of my life over the past number of years. The dedication and commitment of my Board colleagues and staff is second to none. They do what they do to make lives better and succeed in that task every single day. I wish them and Rupert the very best of fortunes for the future.”