The new Chair of DAMHA has come full circle by returning to where she once worked when just starting out in the housing sector.
Anne Rowlands is the new Chair of Durham Aged Mineworkers’ Homes Association.
She leads a board of nine which has overall responsibility for the day-to-day running of the Association, which provides over 1,700 homes (mainly bungalows) for people aged over 50 across the former coalfield communities of County Durham and the North-East.
Anne, who is currently Chief Executive of Railway Housing Association, worked at DAMHA for four years as Development Manager from 1986.
She says: “I have good memories of my time at DAMHA so it’s great to have come full circle and returned as the Chair of the Board.
“It’s an exciting time to be joining the organisation as it continues to play a key role in the provision of high-quality homes for older people.
“There’s a huge demand for the kind of homes DAMHA provides and with a great staff team and a skilled professional mix on the Board, we’re in an outstanding position to drive the organisation forward.”
DAMHA Chief Executive Paul Mullis said: “We had a strong field of applicants for the role of Chair, but to have been able to appoint Anne is fantastic.
“She has huge experience in the sector, including running a housing association of a similar size to DAMHA and with a similar ethos.
“Along with other recent appointments, we have a very strong Board which is well equipped to lead the organisation as we tackle issues such as decarbonisation and cost inflation, as well as ensuring we continue to provide much needed two-bedroom bungalows and delivery excellent services to our residents.”