Halton’s Atkin heads for Yorkshire

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Halton Housing CEO Nick Atkin has announced he is to leave the organisation and take up the chief exec post at Yorkshire Housing.

Mr Atkin, who has been at the helm of 7,000-home Halton since 2005, will take over from Mervyn Jones when he retires at the end of the year.

Yorkshire Housing owns and manages 18,000 homes, and has plans to build more than 3,000 new dwellings by 2021.

Mr Atkin, who has also worked for the Audit Commission’s housing inspectorate, said: ‘I have had an amazing time at Halton and had the privilege to work with so many talented people.

‘I can’t thank enough the Board for the confidence and support they have shown, which has enabled us to jointly achieve so much.  I am sad to be leaving so many colleagues who have also become friends, but I’m also looking forward to returning to my Yorkshire roots.’

Ingrid Fife, Halton’s Group Board Chair, said: ‘I’m sad that we will be losing our talented Group Chief Executive, but also delighted for Nick that he has been recognised and successful in a move to head up a large regional housing association.

‘Through his tenure Halton Housing has become known nationally as an innovative and successful housing organisation.  He has led a strong team that delivered its promises from the start and has gone on to respond to the challenges presented through an era of austerity. A business that has grown in value tenfold to £320 million, delivered a modern digital business model and now provides an additional 1,200 homes across Halton.’

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