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Housing Association Appoints New Chief Executive

One of the UK’s oldest housing associations has announced the appointment of a new chief executive.

Paul Mullis has been handed the task of leading County Durham-based Durham Aged Mineworkers’ Homes Association (DAMHA), when the current chief executive Gordon Gray retires on 31st January 2012.

The 43-year chartered accountant, who is currently Head of Finance and Administration at DAMHA, was appointed following a formal nationwide recruitment process.

When he begins his new role on 1st February 2012 he will be responsible for leading a team of 66 staff and overseeing the management of around 1,700 homes across the North East. Founded in 1898 DAMHA is the longest established provider of retirement homes in the region and is the largest Almshouse charity in the country.

Paul, who is married with three children, said he is looking forward to his new role.

“I am inheriting a role with a housing association that has the highest resident satisfaction levels in the UK and which has brought £80 million of investment into the region.

“I have been set a very high bar by Gordon Gray and he will be a tough act to follow but I am relishing the challenge and my goal is to ensure DAMHA continues to be the leading provider of high quality accommodation for older people in the region.

“As someone born and bred in the North East I am committed to helping the most vulnerable people. We live in an area of high deprivation but if you can offer good housing it can help to eradicate other social problems such as health, unemployment and crime.”

Gordon Gray, who is leaving DAMHA after 30 years, and the last four as Chief Executive, said: “DAMHA is a special organisation with a special ethos and in Paul I know I am handing over to someone who understands this and who will continue to ensure we make a real difference to peoples’ lives.

Over the years ,I have been extremely privileged to have met and worked with some inspirational people, many of whom have had a major influence on my life and my work. I will leave with nothing but positive memories, and I wish Paul, the staff, committee and our residents every success and happiness for the future. “