New appointments: Clarion, Tpas, Peabody and Places for People

New appointments: Clarion, Tpas, Peabody and Places for People

An update on who is starting new roles in the housing sector


Clarion Housing Group has appointed Jock Lennox as its new chair.

The chartered accountant, who is also a non-executive director for house builder Barratt, will take over from David Avery, who has completed his nine-year tenure with Clarion’s board and is stepping down after five years as chair. 

Mr Lennox will start working with the housing association from the start of May, but will not take over the role until Mr Avery steps down as chair at the end of July.

The incoming chair, who spent 30 years with accountancy firm Ernst & Young and has developed an active board career said of the appointment: “It is a privilege to join Clarion and its excellent team, who are dedicated to providing and maintaining homes for those who need them most. 

“I look forward to supporting the executive and non-executive team, helping them continue the legacy of William Sutton, who bequeathed his fortune to provide homes for the working poor nearly 125 years ago. I want to thank David Avery for all his hard work in maintaining this legacy under his Chairmanship, and for his support in ensuring my smooth transition into the role.”

Clare Miller, Clarion’s chief executive, said: “We are delighted to welcome Jock to Clarion. He brings tremendous energy and enthusiasm to the role, as well as extensive relevant experience. 

“Jock’s appointment comes at a time of transition and challenge to our sector as we navigate the UK’s desperate need for more social housing, an increasingly complex regulatory environment and significant financial pressures, as well as our need to retrofit our homes to reduce energy bills for our residents. I look forward to working with Jock to lead Clarion through this period.”


Places for People make Judy Hardy their permanent Chief Risk Officer.

The appointment comes after Judy initially held the role on an interim basis. She joins Places for People’s executive leadership team and will attend its Audit & Risk Committee. 

Judy joined Places for People in 2005 and was most recently the company’s Director of Regulation. 

Speaking about Judy’s appointment, Greg Reed, Places for People Group CEO said: “I’m proud that one of our own, someone who has been with us for 18 years, is now our Chief Risk Officer. Judy’s vast experience, her knowledge of UK Housing Regulation and her relationships with our regulatory and governance stakeholders, as well as her brilliant awareness and judgment, made her the right person for this critical role.  

“At Places for People, we talk about being a ‘force for good’. Judy is the embodiment of that phrase and I’m delighted therefore that she is now part of our executive team and is leading risk across our whole organisation.”


Tpas appoints new board chair

Former president of the Chartered Institute of Housing, Alison Inman, has been appointed as the new independent chair of tenant engagement experts, Tpas

Alison, who has served on the Tpas board as an independent member, is also a board member at Saffron Housing Trust, in addition to being co-founder of social housing campaign group, SHOUT.

“It is an honour to be stepping into the role of Chair at Tpas having been part of the organisation’s growth over recent years,” Alison said of the appointment.

“Like all of us here at Tpas, I am a firm believer that when the voice of the tenant is heard, social housing works better. This has been one of my values for many years and I’ll continue to be a vocal champion of tenant involvement as I take on this role.”


Peabody has named Tariq Kazi as new their Group Treasurer.

A former financier who helped set up the government’s Affordable Housing Guarantee Scheme, Tariq joins from Southern Housing where he was Director of Financial Strategy. 

Tariq will help look after Peabody’s borrowings and ensure the Group, which has more than 108,000 homes and 220,000 residents, has enough long-term financial resources to invest in its existing homes, build new homes and create communities. 

He’ll also be responsible for credit ratings agencies and bank and bond market investor relations across the Group’s £6bn treasury portfolio. 

“The current economic climate means it’s more important than ever that we keep a strong balance sheet to deliver benefits for residents now and in the future,” said Tariq. 

“We need to carefully manage financial risk so we can continue to invest in our homes and communities and help people flourish.”

Tariq’s arrival at Peabody follows on from the announcement earlier this month that Phil Day will join as the Group’s new Chief Financial Officer starting in September.

MERGER: Green light for Origin to join Places for People

MERGER: Green light for Origin to join Places for People

Housing association says merger will not impact tenancies and services

Origin Housing is set to become a subsidiary of Places for People Group Limited from Spring 2024 following shareholder approval.

The merger gained the green light from shareholders following a consultation with Origin Housing residents and recommendations from its Board. The move can now proceed subject to all required steps being completed.

Origin Housing owns and manages over 7,800 homes across London and Hertfordshire and started life in 1924 as St. Pancras House Improvement Society.

Places for People started in 1965 and owns and manages 240,000 properties across the country. 

The merger will mean an additional £100million of investment in customers’ homes over the first ten years post-merger as well as improved local services. There will also be no changes for current Origin Housing staff.

The HA also says the merger will be seamless with tenancies un-impacted and services such as repairs, paying rent and service charges or raising issues with a neighbourhood manager, all continuing to be delivered by existing staff from existing offices.

Carol Carter, chief executive of Origin Housing, said: “The merger will be hugely beneficial for our residents, staff and the communities we serve. Crucially, it means more investment in our homes and improved local services, as well as the retention of all of our hard-working staff who know the communities and people in them better than anyone.

“For residents, my message to you is that you won’t need to do anything differently – your tenancy, how your rent is paid or what to do when you need help, all remains the same.”

Greg Reed, group chief executive officer of Places for People added: “This really is a merger that works for, and benefits, absolutely everyone. We will be able to use our resources to make an additional £100million available to invest in these homes so we can ensure they are improved and maintained to the best standard.

“At the same time, community runs through absolutely everything we do as an organisation. That’s why we’re really focused on ensuring local services are not only protected but built on by recruiting, retaining and developing skilled and hardworking staff, and in the longer term we will be looking to create community hubs. Customers and communities will always come first, and we want to strengthen local accountability by having effective resident involvement in day-to-day services and for their voice to be heard at the highest level.

“This year marks Origin Housing’s centenary and on this week of all weeks – the birthday of its founder Father Basil Jellicoe – and we aim to continue to build on this proud history and legacy.”

Origin Housing are now completing the legal process to become a subsidiary of Places for People and will provide an update in the coming months.