New chair for CIH's capital board
A new chair has been appointed for CIH's London regional board. Kate Dodsworth, executive director for people and strategy at AmicusHorizon, a G15 Housing Association, takes over from Jan Taranczuk.
Kate started her career in homelessness and mental health 25 years ago - she managed a 92-bed hostel in Brighton for five years. After completing a master's degree in housing, she moved to the National Housing Federation, initially working in policy and later becoming assistant director for London and the South East.
Kate moved to AmicusHorizon in 2013, where she covers HR, organisational development, policy, external affairs, communications and co-regulation as executive director of people and strategy. She was invited to be part of CIH's presidential commission for leadership and diversity in 2014 and is a chartered member of CIH.
Speaking about her appointment, Kate said: "I'm delighted to have been selected as the new CIH London chair. It's a crucial time for housing and I know our members in London are dealing with a huge number of priorities - from building more homes to delivering even better services for less money.
"Maintaining excellent standards for the sector is more important than ever and the London board has a pivotal role in helping members through change. I'm really looking forward to playing my part."
CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat said: "We're delighted to welcome Kate to the London board.
"Her extensive experience in this sector - coupled with her passion for supporting CIH members in the capital - will stand her in good stead for her new role as chair."